Army National Guard Pvt. Abel L. Blake has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Blake 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, battlefield operations and tactics, experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Blake is the son of Randall Blake of Amy Lois Lane, Searsport, and grandson of John Beverly of Thurston Lane, Union.

He is a 2007 graduate of Evangel Baptist Academy, Bucksport.