Army Pvt. Stephen A. Pickerin III 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.
Pickerin is the son of Melissa Pickerin of Lehighton and Stephen Pickerin II of Fort Drum, N.Y., and stepson of Holly Pickerin of Fort Drum.
He is a 2011 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.