MEEKER I Ethan E. Drake, son of Daniel and Julie Drake of Meeker, graduated United States Marine Corp Basic Marine Training on Oct. 15, 2021, at Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Commonly referred to as “boot camp,” Marine training is the longest of any military branch and the most mentally and physically rigorous. Training is 13 weeks long with the culminating test called the Crucible. This 54 hour, 40 mile course with multiple warrior stations takes place with limited sleep and food to foster teamwork, camaraderie and simulate real combat conditions. Private First Class Drake will now complete schooling as a USMC Combat Engineer before being assigned a permanent duty station.
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