Pvt. Hayes graduates basic training

Army National Guard Pvt. Ryan T. Hayes has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Hayes is the son of Pamela and Christopher Taylor of Northwest Beechwood Drive, Lawton, Okla. He is the grandson of Lucille Cason of Pine Bluff.

He is a 2009 graduate of Pine Bluff High School.

During the nine weeks of training, Hayes 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 and battlefield operations and tactics and experience in using various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.