PFC Samuel Hazel completed “The Forge,” in U.S. Army basic training last week and graduated on Thursday, June 3, at Fort Jackson. He also already attended his induction ceremony for the U.S. Army National Guard.
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is the largest of four basic training installations in the Army, with more than 1,000 basic combat training soldiers graduating every week.
“The Forge” requires 45 miles of movement by the soldier’s unit, mostly at night, with only five hours of sleep each day over a 72-hour period. Exercises include mass casualty, night infiltration, obstacle courses, medical stations, shooting and hand-to-hand combat.
Hazel graduated from Van-Far in 2019 where he was a successful track athlete. The forge is a 72-hour combat simulator exercise at the end of training.
Hazel’s advanced individual training and military occupational specialty will be as a construction heavy equipment mechanic.
His mother, Anna Hazel, and father, Stanley Hazel, live in Vandalia.