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Grandson of Local Couple Graduates Special Forces Training
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 • Posted August 5, 2009

Army Spec. Aaron J. Fortin has graduated from the Special Forces Candidate One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the first fourteen weeks of basic infantry training, the private first class received training in drill and ceremony, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military customs and courtesies, military justice, physical fitness, road marches, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills, and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

After completing basic infantry training, the soldier will complete airborne school with a subsequent assignment to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C., to prepare for and attend the Special Forces Qualification Course as a weapons sergeant or engineer sergeant.

During the 20-25 month training period, the soldier will have graduated from airborne school, the Primary Leadership Development Course; the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; survival, evacuation, resistance and escape training; and language school. Upon graduation from all phases of training, the soldier will be assigned and promoted to a Special Forces weapons sergeant or engineer sergeant.

Fortin is the son of Kari Fortin of Hidden Creek Loop, Weatherford, Texas.

His grandparents, Vernon and Lynda Harris, reside on Sandy Lane, Mason, Texas, near Camp Air.

The specialist graduated in 2003 from Weatherford High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Texas A&M University, College Station.

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