Army Pvt. Blake A. Martin has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Martin earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of Judy Mallonee, and grandson of Robert and Helga Lange, all of Cherokee Village. The private is a 2005 graduate of Highland High School.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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.