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Oswego Grad Completes Basic Training

Army Spec. Alex L. Degroff 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 Stancy Smith of Gerritt St., and brother of Nick Degroff of Varick St., both of Oswego, N.Y.

The specialist is a 2003 graduate of Oswego High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the State University of New York, Oswego.