Army Pvt. Exiel J. Gonzalez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
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.
Gonzalez is the son of Hilda and Juan Gonzalez of Camuy, Puerto Rico, and brother of Tony Gonzalez of Cape Coral
He is a 2004 graduate of Manuel Ramos Hernandez, Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.