Army National Guard Pvt. Taylor H. Duke 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.
The private earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of James Duke of Cottonwood, Ariz., and the brother of David Duke of Pleasant Grove, Utah.
The private is a 2003 graduate of Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood.