Army National Guard Pvt. Akeem W. Shade 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.
Shade is the son of Cheryl and Akyira Esson of Cedar Court, Middletown. He is a 2006 graduate of Middletown High School.