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Matthew S. Williams

Army Pfc. Matthew S. Williams graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, 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.

He is the son of Morris and Paula Williams of Payson.

Williams is a 1992 graduate of Mountain View High School in Mesa.

Joshua L. Thompson

Army Pvt. Joshua L. Thompson graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Ky. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.

Thompson is the son of Ralph A. Mellecker of Phoenix and grandson of Jan Thompson of Payson.

The private is a 2005 graduate of Moon Valley High School in Phoenix.

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