Army Spec. Stephen J. Thames has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier 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, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Thames is the son of Felicia Thames, and nephew of Willie and LaShonda Thames, all of Louisville.
He is a 2007 graduate of Louisville High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from West Alabama University, Livingston, Ala.