COLUMBIA, S.C. — Army Pvt. Matthew P. Whitehead has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.
He 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.
Whitehead — a 2004 graduate of Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach — is the son of Albert Whitehead and Juanita Trawick, of Crestview, and the brother of Andrew Whitehead, of Crestview.