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U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan E. Jones recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
A 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School, he is the son of Ronald E. Jones Jr. of Harriman. His grandmother is Bernice Goodman of Devonia.
During the nine weeks of training, Jones studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.
He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.