March 27, 2014
Private First Class Andrew Payton, 22, of Penn Valley, graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on March 7, 2014.
Payton successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego as one of 47 recruits in Training Platoon 2114 and 278 recruits in Echo Company.
While in recruit training, Payton was awarded rifle sharpshooter in marksmanship qualifications.
Following 10 days at home on leave and 14 days as recruiter's assistant, he will report to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, for two months in the Infantry Training Battalion.
Payton graduated from Bear River High School in 2009.
He earned a bachelor's degree in cinema from San Francisco State in May 2013.
He is the son of Scott and Wendy Payton of Penn Valley.