Operation Copper Cactus

Arizona National Guard Soldiers train for Operation Copper Cactus at an undisclosed location in Arizona on Aug. 25, 2010. Operation Copper Condor is the Arizona National Guard's contribution to the up to 1,200 National Guard troops being deployed to support the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the four Southwest border states. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, via Cronkite News Service)

SSG Jim Greenhill

Army Pvt. Jesse A. Blas has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Blas is the son of Jesse Aquiningol and Catina Blas, both of Ahwatukee. He is a 2012 graduate of McClintock High School.

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