Army Spec. Hakeem K. Young has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Young is the son of Myrtle Kelly of Spring Hill, brother of Donna Smith of Springfield, Mo., and former ward of Julie Buttenhoff of Olathe.
He is a 2008 graduate of Spring Hill High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Baker University.