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Matzke graduates basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Tyler J. Matzke has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia, which consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

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The first nine weeks of initial entry training, or basic combat training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.

During AIT, the soldier completed the seven-week cavalry scout course. The training included subjects and instructions to operate, maintain and fire M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles; call and adjust fire on enemy targets, recognize friendly and threat vehicles; conduct reconnaissance and security missions, perform foot patrols, conduct land navigation, locate and neutralize mines; and operate and maintain scout vehicles.

Matzke is the son of Lisa, and the stepson of Lynn Peterson of Villard.

He is a 2013 graduate of Osakis High School.