Michael Z. Baxter 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 and physical fitness. He 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.

Baxter is the of son of Susan Baxter and nephew of Richard Threadgould, both of Conner Lane, Lancaster. He is the brother of Lucas Baxter of Front Street, Shirley.

He is a 2007 graduate of Ayer High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2012 from Fitchburg State University.