Strother completes basic training

ISHPEMING – U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Blake Strother recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

The son of Elizabeth Westphal of Ishpeming and Harry Strother of Oakdale, La., he is a 2012 graduate of Ishpeming Senior High School.

In addition to a physical conditioning program, Strother spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments that included learning first-aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.