Gerard Eugene Riddick graduates from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 18, 2004

Gerard Eugene Riddick, son of Ralph E. Riddick and Emily M. Cross of Gates and grandson of the late Clarence and Ethel Cross, of North Carolina, graduated from Basic Combat Training during a ceremony on July 8, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Basic Combat Training is the first step toward a very challenging, yet rewarding experience in the United States Army. The process includes learning discipline, self-confidence, Army standards and teamwork. Soldiers are challenged to reach their maximum potential-&uot;to be an Army of One&uot;-through military instruction, marching, physical training, rifle marksmanship and survival craft.

Gerard will continue training at Fort Jackson, as he attends Advanced Individual Training School for 13 weeks. During AIT, he will be studying to become a Paralegal Specialist. He is a graduate of Hertford County High School and attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh, N.C.

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Gerard ha a sister, Carla Jacinta Riddick who also is in the United States Army, currently stationed at the TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Family members and friends in attendance for the graduation ceremony were Ralph E. Riddick, Emily M. Cross, Dr. Clarence L. Cross Jr., Dr. Melissa Daniels Newton, Travis Tolliver, Robert and Carolyn C. James.