Austin woman graduates from the Army’s basic training

Published 8:09 am Sunday, November 2, 2014

Army Pvt. Kennedy M. Thompson, of Austin, Minnesota, has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Missouri.

The course of instruction included basic combat military training and advanced individual training (AIT). During basic training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history and traditions.

During AIT, Thompson was trained to be a bridge crewmember and learned to operate bridge trucks, light vehicles and bridge erection boats; prepare bridge sites and handle shore lines; assist in rafting operations and assembly of military bridges and installation of overhead anchorage system components; launch and retrieve ribbon bridge bays; prepare and install demolition firing systems, and arm and disarm land mines.

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Thompson is the daughter of Heidi Goodnature of Austin. She is a 2013 graduate of Austin High School.