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PV2 Tyler Hinton, 20, of Cedar Springs, graduated from U.S. Army One Station Unit Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, on August 30, 2012, with his Military Occupational Specialty as a Military Police Soldier. One Station Unit Training consists of the usual nine weeks of Basic Combat Training immediately followed by Advance Individual Training (AIT), all within the same location, with the same Drill Sergeants/instructors, as well as with the same fellow recruits.

PV2 Hinton successfully completed nine weeks of intensive basic training immediately followed by 10 weeks of AIT, as part of Alpha Company, 795th Military Police Battalion, 1st Platoon. While in basic training, PV2 Hinton qualified for his M-4 marksmanship and certified as a sharpshooter for his M-9. PV2 Hinton was also only one of two Military Police Soldiers to be selected from his Company to attend the Military Working Dog course. He graduated at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX, on November 21, 2012, as a Military Working Dog handler.

PV2 Hinton is the son of Timothy and Kelli Hinton and has two younger sisters, Brianna and Autumn. He is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, where he participated in baseball, basketball and soccer, was in the National Honor Society, and served on the Student Council as an Executive Board Member and Class Officer.

Thank you Tyler and to all the American soldiers who have sacrificed their lives, and to all the current soldiers who stand guard to protect our rights and freedom.

Mom, Dad, Bri and Autumn love you!

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