In the Service: Madsen completes Army basic training

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Army Pvt. Michael Madsen has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and 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.

Madsen is the son of Clint Madsen of San Antonio, Texas, and Leslie Veurink of Rocklin. He is a 2011 graduate of James Madison High School in San Antonio.