David L. Matteson of Fredonia recently completed US Army Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training assigned to Foxtrot Company, 1/13th Infantry Regiment ("Shadow Dwellers"), Matteson 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 and land navigation, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Matteson graduated in the top 10 percent of his regiment.
Matteson then continued his training at Ft Eustis in Newport News, VA for Advanced Individual Training in MOS 15T (UH-60 Helicopter Repairer). The UH-60 Helicopter Repairer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on UH-60 helicopters (also known as "Black Hawk" helicopter).
PFC David L. Matteson
During his 14 weeks and three days of training at Ft Eustis, Va., the soldier studied removal and installation of airplane subsystem assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and their components. He was responsible for servicing and lubricating aircraft and subsystems, preparing aircraft for inspections and maintenance checks, performing scheduled inspections and assisting in performing special inspections, performing limited maintenance operational checks and assisting in diagnosing and troubleshooting aircraft subsystems using special tools and equipment as required, among other tasks. Matteson attained honor graduate status and has been promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC).
PFC Matteson is currently stationed at Ft Campbell, Ky., awaiting special training for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment otherwise known as the "Night Stalkers."
Matteson is a 2007 graduate of Fredonia High School and is the son of Kevin and Lisa Matteson of Fredonia.