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Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Contestants needed for pageant

The North American Achievement Pageant is looking for women to represent their state in the following divisions: Teen Miss (ages 13-19);Teen Miss Plus (ages 13-19 & over a size 14); Miss (ages 20-29); Miss Plus (ages 20-29 & over a size 14); Ms. (ages 30-39); Ms. Plus (ages 30-39 & over a size 14); Mrs. (Age 35 and married over 5 years); Woman (ages 40 and up) and Woman Plus (ages 40 & up and over a size 14).

The National Pageant will be June 9 and 10 in Columbia, SC. For more inforamtion contact: Melissa Hooks at (803) 536-2406; e-mail: NAAchievement or write: North American Achievement Pageant, PMB 309, 1195 St. Mattews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115-3417 The pageant website is:

Hounshell enters U.S. Air Force

Clinton G. Hounshell, son of Larry Hounshell, of Midland, and Sharon Coody of Pecos, entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force's on Dec. 29, according to SSgt. Escobedo, Air Force Recruiter.

Houshell is a graduate of Pecos High School. Upon successfully completing the Air Force's six week basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, he will receive technical training in the security career field.

While attending Basic Training and other Air Force technical training schools, he will be earning college credits towards an Associate Degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Muniz selected as employee of month

Romoundo Muniz has been selected as Employee of the Month for December 1999, at the Reeves County Detention Center.

Muniz has been employed at the Reeves County Detention Center since May 7, 1996. He started as a Correctional Officer and on August of 1998 was promoted to the position of Sports Specialist for the Recreation Department.

Muniz is the proud father of two children.

During this rating period Muniz has proven to be an asset to the Recreation Department team, according to Reeves County Detention Center Warden Rudy Franco.

"He is loyal, dependable, and works extremely well with the inmate population. The Recreation Department is fortunate to have Mr. Muniz' knowledge of sports and regulations, he developes and supervises all sports and leisure time activities and is a dedicated worker," said Franco.

"His personal dedication and commitment to Reeves County has gained him this honor. I wish Romoundo continued success in his career with the Reeves County Detention center and I personally congratulate him for a job well done," said Franco. "Mr. Muniz' efforts are appreciated by the Reeves County Detention Center. His friends and family can be proud of his loyal and dedicated service," he said.

Former Pecosite enjoys training in Egypt


MUBARAK MILITARY CITY, EGYPT _ Many different soldiers have stood watch throughout Egypt's ancient, colorful history. First came the Pharaoh's armies, then Alexander the Great's, the ancient Greeks and the Romans. More recent times have seen the French and the British.

This fall, the daughter of a Pecos man became the latest service member to keep watch over the seas of sand and rock that make up the Egyptian landscape.

Army Spec. Sandy M. Mosley-Kuria, daughter of Ben A. Mosley, of Pecos, was deployed in October and November to the ancient land of the Pharaohs to participate in an exercise that involved 11 allied nations from North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Approximately 18,000 U.S. troops from all branches of service took part in the exercise, dubbed Bright Star, including the Coast Guard, making it one of the largest exercises involving U.S. troops.

Mosley-Kuria, a water treatment specialist with the 559th Quartermaster Battalion out of Hunter Army Air Field, is just one of the many service members who played a key role in the exercise.

"I'm a water purificaton specialist and I help supply drinking water to all the coalition forces here," explained Mosley-Kuria.

Mosley-Kuria joined more than 73,000 troops from the U.S. as well as Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

"My unit supports the whole exercise," said Mosley-Kuria. "Without water, nothing in the Army moves. My unit stores, produces and distributes more than 800,000 gallons of water."

When the exercise was first held in 1980, Bright Star was a U.S.-Egyptian single service ground maneuver event. This year, Mosley-Kuria participated in a major war game on a scale not seen in the region since the Gulf War. Bright Star inlcuded an amphibious landing on the Egyptian coast, air and ground combat operations, and data sharing.

Although the 11th Bright Star exercise was designed to provide service members at all levels unique opportunities to strengthen military relationships and gain experience training with coalition counterparts, being in the historic, ancient land of Pharoahs was not lost on the soldiers.

"The mornings here are cool and somewhat windy and the afternoons are warm with dry, sandy breezes," Mosley-Kuria said. "The nights are dark and cool with beautifully lit sar covered skies and mostly full moons."

Making the trek halfway around the world, working alongside a myriad of nationalities and operating under sometimes Spartan conditions in the Egyptian desert provided exercise participants with plenty of challenges.

"My biggest challenge in Egypt is missing my son and loved ones back home," said Mosley-Kuria.

Although this exercise is over, planning has already begun for an even larger exercise in 2001 where Egypt will once again receive an influx of foreign armies and Mosley-Kuria may have the change to once again retrace the footsteps of the ancient Greek and Roman soldiers into the Pharaoh's domain.

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