Army National Guard Pvt. Damon R. Hardy II has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Hardy is the son of Damon Hardy of Lexington and Donna Duke of Madison.

He is a 2013 graduate of Southwestern Middle and High School.