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Round Lake Beach resident finishes infantry training

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By Sherry Ridge
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Lifelong Round Lake Beach resident John Mikrut has reached a milestone in his Army career.

Pfc. Mikrut has completed 14 weeks of infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., and is moving on to airborne school at the military installation. He graduated from Grayslake North High School in 2010.

Mikrut has had many role models about serving others through the military. His father is Vietnam War veteran Tony Mikrut of Lake Villa.

In addition, his grandfathers are Korean War vet Anthony S. Mikrut and Bob Nolen, who served in Vietnam.

Mikrut participated in soccer, track and cross country for the Grayslake North Knights.

He's also volunteered for Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Round Lake Area Exchange Club, Frontline Street Intervention and the Shop with a Cop programs for Round Lake Beach and Round Lake Park.

During his training at Fort Benning, Mikrut was awarded the Company Coin for a Grade A first inspection. He also received Sharp Shooter Badge and wears the National Defense Service Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon.

Mikrut's family hopes for a short reunion and celebration later this summer.