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Army Pfc. Benjamin R. Botts, a 2002 Hoonah High School graduate, graduated from the Special Forces Candidate One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the first 14 weeks of basic infantry training, the private first class received training in drill and ceremony, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military customs and courtesies, military justice, physical fitness, road marches, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills, and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
After completing basic infantry training, the soldier will complete airborne school with a subsequent assignment to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C., to prepare for and attend the Special Forces Qualification Course as a weapons sergeant or engineer sergeant. Botts is the son of Jan Botts, of Hoonah.