Special to the Sun

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Army Pfc. Amanda S. Rios 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.

Rios is the daughter of Kevin Rios of Winnemucca. She is also the granddaughter of Karen Sherwood and niece of Caire Jackson, both of Sun Valley.

She received an associate degree in 2010 from Nevada Career Academy in Sparks.