Trevor Benally, 19-years-old, of Kirtland, N.M. and Tonietta Morris, of Navajo, N.M. graduated from Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. on Aug. 14, completing a strenuous eight-week course in the basic skills of being a warrior in the U.S. Army. Both qualified with an M-16 Rifle as well as a grenade, did several road marches ranging from three to 12 miles, and combative training, just to name a few. Both have also run through numerous missions with the Company Foxtrot 1-48 Infantry Dragons.
PV2 Benally is currently still in high school in Richfield, Utah. He will be going into his senior year and graduating with the class of 2009. Upon completion of basic training, he will be going to Advance Individual training (AIT) in Fort Sill, Okla., 13B, Field Artillery. Benally is enlisted in the Utah National Guard and is the proud son of Lucinda and Lorenzo Benally of Kirtland, N.M. His future plans are to attend Utah State University to get a degree in mechanical or chemical engineering.
PFC Morris is enlisted in the Army, married to Lamsteen Morris of Indian Wells, Ariz. who is also in the military as an SSG. They have one daughter who is extremely proud of her mother. Morris is the daughter of Tony and Sandra Tolino of Navajo, N.M. She graduated from Gallup High School in 1997, and received her associates from College America in Flagstaff in 2007. Upon completion of basic training, she will be going to Advance Individual training (AIT) in Fort Gordon, Georgia as a 31U, communication.