National Guard recruit relishes Army training

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Pvt. Jimmy Murray (center) gives medical aid during Missouri National Guard training in Springfield, Mo., as part of the Recruit Sustainment Program. Murray, of Neosho, will serve with an engineering unit once graduated from advanced individual Army training this summer. (Ann Keyes/Missouri National Guard)

By Ann Keyes

NEOSHO, Mo. - New recruits with Delta Company, Missouri National Guard, work in small groups as Sgt. 1st Class Kevin LaChance gives instruction on medical care for injuries ranging from a broken leg to an open chest wound.

Taking turns, new Soldiers give hands-on aid while others act the victim.

Pvt. Jimmy Murray, of Neosho, works quickly and efficiently as he fashions a splint for another new recruit. He credits his confidence to his mother, a nurse, and training he's received over the last year in the Missouri Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program.

"We are refreshed all the time on what we've learned before," said Murray of monthly drills in the field and at the Guard armory in Springfield. "I love being able to learn everything."

Murray, who will graduate from Neosho High School in May, signed with the Missouri National Guard to better his future, he said, noting he'll attend college with financial aid provided by his enlistment. He hopes to study music and meteorology while building a career in the Guard.

"I like the idea of stepping into something bigger than myself," said Murray of his commitment to the military.

Murray completed Army basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. over the summer and will leave for advanced individual Army training following high school graduation. He will serve with an engineering unit once his occupational training is complete.

Recruited by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Corcoran of the Missouri National Guard's Anderson recruiting office, Murray is supported in his decision to serve the Guard by his parents, Dwight and Brenda Murray, also of Neosho.

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Pvt. Jimmy Murray, of Neosho, continues Army training for the Missouri National Guard. (Ann Keyes/Missouri National Guard)


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