Army Pvt. Allen-Jarvee Thomas graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
For nine weeks, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Thomas, the son of Danielle Powell and brother of Brandon Shields of Crestview, is the grandson of Inell Shields of Warrensburg, Mo.
He is a 2014 graduate of Penn Foster High School, Scranton, Ohio.