Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Marine Corps Pfc. Donald E. Starkweather, son of Heather P. Starkweather of Cross, and Donald E. Starkweather Sr of Cross, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.
Starkweather and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Starkweather 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.
Starkweather and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values--honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.