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Steven G. Oxstien

Army Pvt. Steven G. Oxstien has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Oxstien 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 Marven Oxstien of S. Cobb Ave., Arlington, Wash.

Oxstien is a 2006 graduate of Arlington High School.

Sarah B. James

Army Private Sarah B. James has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, James 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.

James is the daughter of Beth Bogart of Ninth Street, Marysville and sister of Brandie Bogart of Harrison Avenue, Everett.

In 2007, she graduated from the high school program at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon.

Michael A. Evans

Army Pvt. Michael A. Evans has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

During the nine weeks of Basic Combat Training, Evans 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.

The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train indirect fire infantry soldiers to employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate, neutralize and extract mines; map reading and ground navigation; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct and camouflage mortar firing positions; operate and maintain mortars and fire control equipment for individual/crew served weapons firing positions.

He is the son of James Evans of 59th Drive NE, Marysville, Wash.

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