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Sikes finishes basic training
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Army Spec. Matthew J. Sikes has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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.

He is the son of Tommie Sikes of Bloomingdale.

Sikes graduated in 2002 from Savannah Arts Academy and received a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the University of Georgia.