Marine Corps Pfc. Tommy F. Harkey has completed MCT school. Since graduating boot camp, Harkey attended advanced combat training in Camp Lejeune at the Camp Geiger S.O.I. MCT school. The 29-day Marine Combat Training expands on the basic skills learned in recruit training by learning and practicing the fundamentals of combat tactics, throwing hand grenades, intense infantry training, communications and weapons. Harkey was member of 2nd Platoon, Hotel Company.
Harkey earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on Sept. 13, 2013.
For 13 weeks, Harkey 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 M16A-4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Harkey endured the Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies, where upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Harkey was member of Platoon 1064, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion.
Harkey is currently stationed at 29 Palms, Ca., continuing his Marine Corps training at his M.O.S. school for field radio operator communications.
Harkey, 19, is a 2013 West Lincoln High School honors student graduate, and received the Outstanding Senior award. He is the son of proud parents Pyth and Amy Harkey of West Lincoln, grandson of Jim and Sheila Simmons of Vale, Bo and Roseanne Harkey of Lincolnton, Leslie Harkey of Crouse and great-grandson of Fred and Anne Parker of Lincolnton, and Paul and Ovanelle Corriher of Statesville.