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Discussing plans for the women's army corps are Maj. Gen. O. H. Danielson, commanding general of the seventh service command, Omaha, Neb., and members of his advisory committee from the same area. They met informally at Fort Des Moines, following the retreat parade staged for the visitors.
Three weeks of preparation were necessary to arrange the six-day tour of the WAO advisory committee which arrived at Fort Des Moines Thursday and will leave today for Camp Crowder, Mo., to observe the army women at work there.
The committee was appointed personally by Maj. Gen. C. H. Danielson, commanding general of the seventh service command, five weeks ago. Representing the states in the command, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota, the members of the committee have been active in community work in the various cities.
Members are concerned particularly with three phases of corps activities: 1. To establish the prestige of the WACs; 2. to disseminate information on the training and work; and 3. to suggest to General Danielson women eligible for recruitment and new means of stimulating enlistment.
Mrs. Charles T. Cownie, 2824 Grand ave., Des Moines, is chairman of the Iowa advisory committee. Other members include Mrs. Fred Moore, 634 Fortieth St., Miss Florence Kinney, 1341 Forty-eighth st., and Mrs. Clyde Brenton, Hotel Commodore, all oi Des Moines; Mrs. T. A. Ledlie Route 2, Des Moines; Mrs. Led yard B. Hakes, Laurens; anc Mrs. C. A. Bowman, Iowa City.
Mrs. Cownie, Mrs. Moore, Mrs Ledlie and Mrs. Bowman made t tour of the training center June 15.
This inspection trip was planned by the seventh service command to acquaint the committee with the complete WAC program, including basic and specialists' training and work of the women at an outside station.
Maj. Treila M. Welch, director of WACs for the seventh service command, was in charge of the major part of the travel arrangements.
Authority for the trip was obtained from the war department in Washington, D. C, three weeks ago.
Orders then were issued to six area commanders to take over arrangements for transporting the women from home and return, exclusive of departure from Des i Moines and hotel reservations ati Kansas City, Mo. The Omaha headquarters completed that part of the program.
During the time command headquarters was taking care of the mechanics of travel, Capt. Katherine Stull, public relations officer, and Capt. Eleanore Sullivan, assistant commandant, were arranging a three-day schedule which clicked to the second.
Each guest was met at the station and taken to the post. Arrival hours varied from 3 p. m. Wednesday to 6:30 a. m. Thursday, and one committee member reached town at 2 a. m. Thursday. Floods delayed the trains, so that the schedule had to be kept up to date, practically from hour to hour.
Mrs. John Redick, of Omaha, Neb., national supervisor for the seventh service com-| mand, came in her own car 1 and had more trouble than all the other committee members. Following her second flat tire, she and her driver sat on the road until 3 a. m. Friday waiting for a service truck. The schedule at Fort Des Moines began at 7 a. m. Thursday and closed at 10:30 p. m. The group started out at 5:30 a. m. Friday to watch reveille. Carryalls and staff cars driven by noncommissioned officers and carrying commissioned officers as guides picked up their parties
without delay. Officers and guides at a change of schedule always were lined up, smiling and cheerful and friendly, to start on their share of the tour and to answer their round of questions. Keep On Time. Challenged by this efficiency of the women in khaki, the women in summer prints managed to be on time and to keep up with the army personnel. |
| A bit creakily and sleepily now j and then, they boosted themselves (with occasional aid) into the carryall, which required the women to take at least a 36-inch step from the ground to get inside. But they managed to clamber in and out and make all the stops for building tours" in the "processing" and training divisions.
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Caption reads: Discussing plans for the women's army corps are Maj. Gen. C. H. Danielson, commanding general of the seventh service command, Omaha, Neb., and members of his advisory commitee from the same area. They met informally at Fort Des Moines, following the retreat parade staged for the visitors
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