Army Pfc. Gordon J. Ruffin has graduated from the Chaplain Assistant Advanced Individual Training course at the Chaplain School, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
The course emphasized religious support, development of interpersonal skills, and unit ministry support to soldiers and family members. The support training provided services in a battlefield environment and battle fatigue casualty care.
Religious support classes instructed students to prepare altars for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox worship services, and stressed the importance of being knowledgeable of all faith groups represented in the Army.
Pfc. Ruffin has served in the military for four years.
He is the son of Cheryl Ruffin of Zara Street, and Thomas Ruffin of Montooth Street.
The private first class is a 2006 graduate of Carrick High School.