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Military notes: Pvt Kurtis J Atkinson

Area native Pvt. Kurtis J. Atkinson, 19, earned the title U.S. Marine upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on April 22, 2011.

Atkinson enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps' ranks.

Putting his recruit's honor, courage and commitment to the test, Atkinson faced the physically and mentally rigorous challenges packed into the 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp. The training was designed to enhance raw talent and to create the morale and discipline required of all Marines.

During recruit training, Atkinson joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world's military elite. He learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill. The demanding physical fitness regimen placed Atkinson in the best shape of his life. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership.

Following approximately 10 days of well-earned leave, Atkinson will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. Then Atkinson will report to his first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.

Atkinson is a 2010 graduate of Farmington High School and the son of Jim Atkinson and Kathy Benning, currently residing in Hampton, and Burnsville.

Atkinson was enlisted by Sgt. Joshua A. Draveling from the Marine Corps recruiting station in Burnsville.