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In the Service: Valley Christian alum completes basic combat training

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Army Pvt. Samantha R. Shoemake has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and 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.

Shoemake is the daughter of Douglas and Donna Shoemake of Lincoln. She is a 2011 graduate of Valley Christian Academy in Roseville.