Army Pvt. Ariel L. Garciahas graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia. Garcia is a 2012 graduate of North Rockland High School and the nephew of Eileen Jusino and Aida Vila, both of Thiells.
During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Infantry soldiers must be able to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area.