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Army National Guard Pvt. Adam J. VandeKerkhoff has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

VandeKerkhoff is the son of Melody Berndt of James Avenue, Muskegon, and grandson of Maryanne Berry of Safflower Lane, Cedar Springs.

He is a 2010 graduate of Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids.

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