Trayah completes Basic Training

ARLINGTON - Alex J. Trayah, a graduate of Arlington Memorial High School in June 2013, has successfully completed basic training in the U.S,. Army at Fort Benning, Ga.

He will be posted for duty with the Old Guard based in Fort Meyers, Va.

Trayah was accepted at Castleton College but chose to serve his country in the United States Army. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on Nov. 15, 2013, choosing to train as an Infantryman. His training consisted of 10 weeks of Basic Training, followed by four weeks of Advanced Infantry training. Infantry AIT, or Infantry School, is part of the infantry's OSUT, or One-Station Unit Training, at Fort Benning. This specialized instruction teaches advanced techniques in weapons operation and maintenance, preparing fortified positions and using communications gear.

The training includes proficiency in 200 combat tasks and the use of all weapons associated with the Infantry.

On March 13, 2014, Trayah participated in the Infantry "Turning Blue Ceremony". This ceremony is the first introduction into the Infantry brotherhood. The following day, March 14, he graduated from Fort Benning and received his orders for the Old Guard.

The Old Guard include the sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknowns, maintaining a 24 hour watch over one of the nation's most sacred sites; the Continental Color Guard, which presents the nation's colors at special events across the Capitol Region; the Presidential Salute Battery, which renders honors to senior dignitaries at arrival and wreath ceremonies, reviews, and full honors funerals; and the US Army Caisson Platoon, which provides horses and riders to pull the caisson in military and state funerals.


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