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Military notes: Pfc. Thomas Gindorff, Pvt. Austen Schroeder

Area natives, Pfc. Thomas P. Gindorff, 19, and Pvt. Austen J. Schroeder, 19, earned the title "U.S. Marine" upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in June.

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

Putting honor, courage and commitment to the test, Gindorff and Austen 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, Austen and Gindorff joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world's military elite. They learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill. The demanding physical fitness regimen placed Austen and Gindorff in the best shape of their lives. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership.

The new Marines have reported to their first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with Marine Corps units.

Austen and Gindorff are both 2010 graduates of Farmington High School in Farmington. They were enlisted by Sgt. Joshua A. Draveling from the Marine Corps recruiting station in Burnsville.