Marine Corps Pvt. Joshua W. Parker, son of Donna J. McWilliams of Cherokee Village, and Marine Corps Pvt. James L. Brink, son of Vicki J. and Sidney Brink of Highland, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The training is designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Parker and Brink are 2003 graduates of Highland High School.
Parker, Brink and their fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Parker and Brink 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.
Parker, Brink and the other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values -- honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Parker, Brink and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.
Brian W. Warsham has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.
The camp provides the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of camp life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus at camp is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while at camp.
Warsham is the son of Rita L. Havner of Salem and Jack R. Warsham of Salem.
He is a 1997 graduate of Salem High School.