Army Pvt. Marc A. Harper graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., on July 19.
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. Harper was distinguished as an expert marksman.
Upon completion of basic training, he was reassigned to Fort Gordon, Ga., for advanced individual training in Nodal Network Systems operator-maintainer. At completion of AIT, Harper will report to Fort Benning, Ga., where he will attend the U.S. Army Airborne School.
Harper is the son of Penny Strother of Elkins, and he is a 2009 graduate of Elkins High School.