Army Pfc. Matthew D. Grupa has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Grupa is the son of Mark Grupa of Dunkirk and Elizabeth Gajewski Chadwick of Silver Creek. The private first class is a 2010 graduate of Dunkirk High School.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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 experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.