MILITARY MATTERS: Drake Austin Parker

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U.S. Army Pvt. Drake Austin Parker recently graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

He is the son of Rebecca and Grady Riggins, and Kevin and Susan Parker, all of Knox-

The private’s grandparents are Tom and Linda Little of Kingston Springs and Wayne and Becky Parker of Kingston.

Parker completed a 12-week program that included training in military discipline, physical development and basic warfare principles and skills.

A 2012 graduate of Farragut High School, Parker is stationed in Fort Lee, Va., where he will complete a 20-week program of advanced individual training in June.