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Female combat uniform gets mixed reviews
Photo by Adriana Salas
Ready One Industries CEO, Tom Ahman, left, and Vice-President of Production, Cynthia DeHaro, right, stand next to a mannequin wearing a female Army prototype uniform.

Unisex Army combat uniforms may soon become a thing of the past now that a prototype female combat uniform is being tested in theater. Ready One Industries in White Sands Missile Range’s sister city of El Paso has played a vital role in creating the Army’s first prototype female combat uniform.

“The women’s fit is a prototype that we hope will get into production,” said Tom Ahman, Ready One Industries CEO.

Since the early 1940s females have been allowed to enlist into the Army and since then have had to adjust to a military uniform that was created with a man’s physique in mind. The prototype female active combat uniforms will reduce the awkward fit with the new changes. A cinched waist line, added space in the upper body,
and changes in the padding and pocket placement are just some of the few changes made to the uniform. “Overall a better fit,” said Vice-President of Products, Cynthia DeHaro.

Jul 29, 2011, 11:19 am

Employees come out to support ill co-worker
Photo by Adriana Salas
Richard Purcella tees off during the Marc Cano Charity Golf event held July 22 at the WSMR Golf Course. Cano, an engineer with Data Science, was diagnosed with cancer in the liver, lungs and bones. With 40 participants, the event raised close to $1,700 for Cano’s future medical expenses. The event was organized by long time friend and co-worker, Samuel Allison who said another fundraising tournament will be scheduled in the oncoming months. Cano is undergoing treatment in Las Cruces.

Co-workers of a WSMR employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer are coming together to raise funds for treatment being received in town. In one day approximately $1,700 were raised during a charity golf event July 22 benefiting Marc Cano. Cano was diagnosed with cancer in the lungs, liver and bones.

Cano has been undergoing treatment since he was first diagnosed with the terminal illness nearly two months ago. Since then, co-workers have raised a total of $5,000 for Cano’s upcoming medical expenses.

“He’s one of our guys and we’re concerned the burden on the family is pretty high, so we want to lighten it up as much as we can,” said Jerre Riordan, Chief of Networks for Data Science.

Riordan said Cano is a good team player and the directorate as a whole works like a family, he said he makes it a point to schedule extracurricular activities to continue the bond amongst co-workers. According to Riordan, Cano’s illness came as a shock to everyone, including Cano.

“It was out of the blue, he wasn’t feeling good one day so he went home,” Riordan said. “He found out shortly after that.”

Since then Cano, who has been working at WSMR for over 10 years, has used up his leave for treatment he is taking out of two hospitals in town. Cano is currently enrolled in the Voluntary Leave Transfer program. The program allows for a covered employee to donate annual leave to an employee with a personal or medical emergency.

Jul 29, 2011, 11:27 am

Bible studies provide support for Soldiers and Families
Photo by Bethany Blundell
Chaplain Daniel Sparks, left, and his assistant Specialist Chase Campbell discuss a Bible passage during a 2nd Engineer Battalion Bible Study. The Bible studies are held every Tuesday in the Truman Kimbro Dining Facility at 11:45 a.m.

While in Afghanistan, the 2nd Engineer Battalion Bible studies proved to be a relief to Soldiers during their tour, and now the battalion is bringing those studies back home.

Chaplain Daniel Sparks started the battalion Bible studies before Soldiers deployed for Afghanistan in December 2008.

They met regularly during their tour in Afghanistan and now they are starting the studies up again. The main goal Sparks hopes to achieve is to provide support and religious information to Soldiers and their Families.

“The Battalion Commander has the statutory responsibility to provide religious support for Soldiers and Families, and the Chaplain has the responsibility to execute that support for those programs,” Sparks said. “Part of that is religious education to help our Soldiers learn more about Christianity so they can grow in their faith.”

Jul 29, 2011, 11:40 am

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