Army National Guard Pvt. Rachel J. Brooks has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Brooks is the daughter of Jerry Brooks and stepdaughter of Lorene Brooks, both of Cape Coral.
She is a 2010 graduate of Ida Baker High School, Cape Coral.