PARRIS ISLAND, S. C. — Marine Corps Pfc. Lydia J. Reyes-Hernandez, daughter of Celia Hernandez-Abrego and Mario Reyes-Correa, of Edison, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
For 13 weeks, Reyes-Hernandez stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Reyes-Hernandez endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Reyes-Hernandez is a 2011 graduate of Edison High School.
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