Army National Guard Pvt. Blake Tschida graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., where he received basic military training and advanced individual training.

The first nine weeks he studied drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

During advanced training the soldier completed the seven-week cavalry scout course, learning to operate, maintain and fire M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles, call and adjust fire on enemy targets, recognize friendly and threat vehicles, conduct reconnaissance and security missions, perform foot patrols, conduct land navigation, locate and neutralize mines and operate and maintain scout vehicles.

The son of Wade and Debbie Tschida of Wyoming, he is a 2013 graduate of Forest Lake High School.