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April 8, 2009 > Fremont native completes training

Fremont native completes training

Submitted By Jim Flaherty

PFC Kate Flaherty, daughter of Barbara and Jim Flaherty, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.

Flaherty and fellow recruits began their training each day at 5 a. m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, she spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

Recruits performed close-order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Flaherty also received instruction on Marine Corps core values - honor, courage and commitment and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Training ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort and problem solving evolution.

After four weeks of combat training at Camp Lejune, Flaherty will begin technical training at Twenty-nine Palms in southern California. She is a graduate of American High School's Class of 2006.

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