Northwest NEWS

November 29, 1999

Valley Special

Marine Pfc. Brian J. Henry completes basic training

   Marine Pfc. Brian J. Henry, son of Curtis S. and Kim R. Henry of Duvall, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.

   Henry and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Henry 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. They performed close-order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

   Henry and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem-solving evolution which culminated with an emotional ceremony in which the recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as "Marines" for the first time since boot camp began.

   Henry joins 41,000 men and women who will enter the Marine Corps this year from all over the country. He is a 1999 graduate of Cedarcrest High School.