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Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Hathorn nets scholarship

Pecos resident Linsey S. Hathorn has been awarded a $9,600 scholarship to attend The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Her major will be English.

Hathorn is the daughter of Doug and Beverly Hathorn of Pecos.

The Dunagan Foundation of Monahans and the E.J. and Ruby Wheeler Cleveland Charitable Trust are her sponsors.

Zamarripa elected as president of Hispanic club

Sandra Zamarripa, of Pecos, has been elected president of the Hispanic Business Student Association of Southwest Texas Sate University.

The newly elected executive council for the upcoming school year was announced at the Annual Spring Banquet held by the association.

Zamarripa will run the organization for the 1999-2000 school year. Along with this, she was also presented the Member of the Year Award for the 1998-1999 school year.

Since HBSA is chartered off the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA), as the upcoming president Zamarripa will be attending their national meeting this summer where she will meet with representatives from around the nation.

This meeting will be held during August in California at California State University-Northridge.

She will also be doing a summer internship with the Marriott, Inc. in Austin. She competed for this internship at the Hispanic Business Student Leadership Conference that HBSA attended in February. Corporate representatives and employers from around the nation were on site recruiting for interns and for graduates as well.

Zamarripa is a 1996 graduate from Pecos High School. She will be a senior at SWT majoring in business Management.

She is the daughter of Carlos and Felipa Zamarripa of Pecos.

In addition she was initiated into Delta Gamma, this semester, one of the main sororities on campus and was also recognized by the Student Volunteer Connection for her outstanding community service.

Herrera participates in combat exercise in Navy

Editor's Note: This story was by Jason Emerson and photo by Aaron Ansarov of the Navy Public Affairs Center.

To prepare their troops for a new century, the Navy and Marine Corps continually employ new weapons and tactics.

Such was the rationale behind the "Urban Warrior" combat exercise, staged recently in the Northern California cities of Oakland and Alameda.

Theresa J. Herrera, the 21-year-old daughter-in-law of Eloy and Mary Herrera of Pecos, played a direct role in the exercise's success.

Navy Seaman Herrera was aboard when Marines sped from the warship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in amphibious landing craft. Crossing San Francisco's East Bay in minutes, the Marines landed and took control of simulated combat situations in each city.

Herrera understands the importance of realistic training scenarios.

"Exercises like this give Sailors and Marines and opportunity to sharpen skills and gain experience in an urban combat environment without actual casualties," said Herrera, who is married to the Herreras' son Eloy.

Herrera is a cryptologist who uses high-tech equipment to collect and transmit sensitive data. The two-year Navy veteran used these skills and others during the exercise.

The combat scenarios in the exercise mimicked those which Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors faced in Somalia and Haiti. Many military strategists believe that small-scale urban conflict will be the rule vice the exception in the 21st century.

Participants in Urban Warrior focused on three operational areas: humanitarian and disaster relief, peacekeeping, and combat amid a city.

Sailors and Marines also took the opportunity to test new weapons. The Navy patrolled in the ultramodern Sea Shadow, a warship virtually undetectable by radar. Marines deployed from the landing craft carrying such unconventional weapons as laptop computers, digital radios, and acoustical anti-sniper weapons that automatically home in on the sound of a sniper's rifle.

Throughout the exercise, Herrera's support of a high-tech, globally present Navy and Marine Corps only strengthened.

"The deployment of naval forces overseas shows that the U.S. is capable of defending our assets and active in keeping worldwide peace," Herrera said.

As a world leader, the United States faces a host of challenges as we enter the new century. Exercises like Urban Warrior will continue to ensure that Herrera and other military personnel are up to those challenges.

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