Special to the Reporter

Army Spec. Matthew T. Hicks has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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.

He is the son of Benjamin Hicks of County Road 2023, Glen Rose, Texas, and Marydona Hicks of U.S. Highway 41, Trenary, Mich.

The specialist graduated in 1999 from Joshua High School, Texas, and received a bachelorís degree in 2003 from Texas A&M University, College Station.