Army Pfc. Michael W. Marion has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina.
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.
Marion earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Stacy Marion of Moorefield and Kevin Marion of Jane Lew. The private is a 2008 graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg.