U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Emerald M. Sanders has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla.
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.
Sanders enlisted at age 17 through the split-training option of the U.S. Army National Guard, and is the daughter of Darren and Ann Sanders of Genoa. She is presently a senior at Genoa-Kingston High School.