THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 1By Yolie Canales Juan Elizarraras, team lead for the artillery folks at the Munitions and Weapons Division, had a strong desire while a student in high school to become an engineer. He was particularly passionate about nuclear power. These interests led him to the Navy, where he could be assigned to The Navy would even help pay for college. I joined right out of high school in 1993 and was immediately selected for the BOOST Program, said Elizarraras. BOOST stands for Selection and Training. When the program was complete, he was awarded a scholarship to any university he wanted to attend. He chose the University of San Diego where he received a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Once I got my degree, I went back into the Navy as a submarine the greatest experience of my life, said Elizarraras. He was put into a leadership position which he took seriously, for he possessed the qualities to lead others. He separated from the Navy in 2007 as a lieutenant and began work at YPG immediately thereafter. Though he had entered the Navy Reserve, due to the proving grounds heavy workload and long hours, he made the decision to resign. Team lead duties: As team lead, Elizarraras job is to ensure budgeting for the programs is carried out and assures provides guidance and support to the people who work under him. Leading test programs is another aspect of his job. One particular test he recently tube evaluation project that ran for two consecutive weeks this past December. This was a Department of the Army project that required YPGs Munitions and Weapons Division to ammunition around the clock. Being the main person in charge, it was my responsibility to order the ammunition, assure testing got scheduled, personnel were assigned timeframe, as well as ensuring the test was completed by the deadline and most importantly in a safe manner, said Elizarraras. Every evening, before my shift was over, it was my responsibility to brief the commander on how the test was going and any discrepancies that needed to be addressed. What prepared you to be a leader? Being a leader comes second nature for Elizarraras. When I thrown into leadership positions as soon as I got on deck, he said. Within two weeks, he had 15 people working for him, from senior in the Navy right down to junior enlisted personnel who just came on board. In leadership positions, you have to learn quickly and you learn to look for guidance not only from your seniors but from the actual personnel doing the work. With their aid, you gather the knowledge and tools you need to become an effective leader and be able to provide the same guidance for new guys coming in, he explained. Challenges that occur on a daily basis -How do you overcome them? In a leadership position, there Published for the employees and families of Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma Test Center, U.S. Army Garrison Yuma, Cold Regions Test Center and Tropic Regions Test CenterU.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, Arizona 85365 Volume 41 No. 6 Monday, March 16, 2015 Vietnam War hero visits proving ground / Page 4 New gun mounts cost-effective, built to last / Page 6 Ammo plant worker returns with prosthesis leg / Page 9 SEE ENGINEER page 2 Y1 Local Engineer: A Natural LeaderJuan Elizarrarass long term goal is to become branch chief and thereafter, director of test. Im shooting for the stars, denitely, he said.PHOTO BY Y OLIE CANALES
2 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 THE OUTPOST Y2 are challenges that come with the job. For Elizarraras, its personnel. He said every person is different. Some people have an inner drive initiative they run with. Others require a great deal more guidance. As a leader, I need to stay on top of personnel who require more guidance, said Elizarraras. I need to ensure they produce the quality of work expected. Getting to know subordinates and understanding what approach to take is probably the most challenging aspect of his job. He also says, however, that letting them know theyre doing a great job is as important as letting people know where theyre falling short. Feedback gives them the opportunity to improve, and feedback from them makes me a better leader he said. In your opinion, what makes a good leader? A good leader is someone who knows their people and looks after them, he said. That leader makes sure his or her personnel have the right tools, but, most importantly, get the right feedback. Your people need to improve, do their job, but be happy at the same time, said Elizarraras. A positive atmosphere plays an important role. What are your goals for the future? I am currently working on my masters degree in engineering management, he said. Within the chief, and 10 years from now, a director. Im with a smile. What are you most proud of in your career thus far? Im proud of the work we do here, he said. I truly believe in what we do. Having been Afghanistan, he has learned the job performed at YPG is to provide the best possible weapon systems for troops. This feeling is great because it makes me feel that Im still part of the military, just as I was in the Navy, and the brotherhood and camaraderie is still part of me, he explained. In a nut shell, how do you feel about your job? I love it. I love the camaraderie and the fact that Im providing a service to my country by providing Soldiers the best product we can, he said. Elizarraras, a native of Baja California, moved to Yuma at the age of four with his parents. He was raised in Yuma and attended local schools until he joined the Navy. In his spare time, he in San Diego, but most of all, loves spending time with his eight and nine year old daughters, (Cecilia and Beatriz), and looks forward to when his oldest daughter, (Vanessa), a third year student at Arizona State University, comes home on weekends. THEOUTPOST The Outpost is an unofcial publication authorized under provisions of AR 360. The Outpost is published every two weeks by the Public Affairs Ofce, Yuma Proving Ground. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Army. This newspaper uses material credited to ATEC and ARNEWS. While contributions are solicited, the PAO reserves the right to edit all submitted materials and make corrections, changes or deletions to conform with the policy of this newspaper.News may be submitted to: The Editor, Outpost, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ, 85365. Phone: (928) 328/6189 or DSN 899. Visit our website at: www.yuma.army.mil or email to: email@example.comCommander: Col. Randy Murray Public Affairs Ofcer: Chuck Wullenjohn Public Affairs Specialist/Editor: Yolanda Canales Public Affairs Specialist: Mark Schauer Technical Editor, Cold Regions Test Center: Clara Zachgo Marketing Specialist: Teri Womack Visual Information Manager: Riley Williams By Yolie CanalesInterContinental Hotels Group recently named Jody Sessions, general manager of the IHG Army Hotels at Yuma Proving Ground, among the winners of the 2014 Presidents Circle Award. The award is presented to managers in IHGs companymanaged hotels who achieved a perfect score in their annual performance metrics. Sessions, who has been general manager for the hotel for four years for the Army and over ve years for IHG, said this award is based on 10 metrics. These metrics or goals, all revolve around guest and employee satisfaction, IHG Rewards Club recognition/enrollments and nancials, said Sessions with a smile. We achieved all 10 metrics in 2014. The news came to Sessions in an unexpected way. Though I kept a close eye on the objectives during the year to ensure that we were doing everything possible, the award itself took me by surprise, she said. In the hotel business, everything revolves around guests. Im fortunate to have a team dedicated to every guest that comes through our doors, she said. They have the desire to go that extra mile, think about what they can do better and make our guests more comfortable. Many guests at the YPG hotel spend an immense time away from home, so there is a great deal of pride in serving them, she went on to say. The hotel serves between 150 and 255 guests each month. IHG Army Hotel at YPG, offers complimentary breakfast, free guest Internet, and weekly social activities. In addition, the hotel offers studio rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens, and features a swimming pool, business center and tness center. For more information or to learn about career opportunities with IHG Army Hotels, visit IHGpal. com or IHG-veterans.jobs. To book a stay, visit www. IHGArmyHotels.com.YPG hotel manager honored as one of the bestENGINEERFROM PAGE 1 Jody Sessions, general manager and Nick Okada, guest service representative, take time out for a photo.
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 3 Y3 Grand Opening Giveaway! (Stop in or Visit Facebook for Details)712 S. 4th Ave.(Corner of 4th and 8th St.)16 Craft Beers on Tap Win a 5 Night All Inclusive Hotel for 2 in Beautiful Puerto Vallarta 57331 Plus $500air credit! just as I was in the Navy, and the brotherhood and camaraderie is still part of me, he explained. In a nut shell, how do you feel about your job? I love it. I love the camaraderie and the fact that Im providing a service to my country by providing Soldiers the best product we can, he said. Elizarraras, a native of Baja California, moved to Yuma at the age of four with his parents. He was raised in Yuma and attended local schools until he joined the Navy. In his spare time, he in San Diego, but most of all, loves spending time with his eight and nine year old daughters, (Cecilia and Beatriz), and looks forward to when his oldest daughter, (Vanessa), a third year student at Arizona State University, comes home on weekends.them, she went on to say. The hotel serves between 150 and 255 guests each month. IHG Army Hotel at YPG, offers complimentary breakfast, free guest Internet, and weekly social activities. In addition, the hotel offers studio rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens, and features a swimming pool, business center and tness center. For more information or to learn about career opportunities with IHG Army Hotels, visit IHGpal. com or IHG-veterans.jobs. To book a stay, visit www. IHGArmyHotels.com. Due to recent restructuring of the Logistics Readiness Center, the US Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground Directorate of Human Resources will take operational Distribution Center (OMDC) on July 1. The process began when the Directorate of Logistics was relocated to the Army Material Command. The Directorate of Human Resources (DHR) has responsibility of metered mail and oversight of the OMDC. This process will result in changes in service. While every effort has been made to reduce the impact of the transition on the community, The Contract Postal Unit (CPU) will no longer be supported and the the installation will cease. Services previously obtained from the window on the private mail distribution side of the building, such as money orders, package shipping, and package pickup, will not be available any longer. Stamps are currently available at the AAFES Exchange. Mail will from the drop box across from the OMDC. Private mail delivery will continue to the private mail boxes issued by Army Family Housing. lockers, due to size or availability, must be picked up at the Main Post space is being procured and for oversize packages and is on track to be installed and available prior to July 1. be the cessation of mail delivery to locations outside of the OMDC at 301 C. Street. Locations previously serviced by the mail courier will need to arrange to pick up mail from the OMDC. The DHR will be working with supervisors to ensure that appropriate authorization is to retrieve mail received by the OMDC for transportation to their respective spaces. For more information, contact Restructuring leads to changes in postal services Voluntary Leave Transfer Program needs donations We have YPG family members in need of assistance. Leave donations as smallas one hour are truly appreciated. We can only accept donations fromAppropriated Fund civil service employees. The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) is a way to donate annual leaveto co-workers who are experiencing a medical emergency (their own or afamily members emergency) and do not have enough leave to cover theirabsences. These employees have used or will use all sick and annual leavebefore being eligible to receive donations. YPG currently has a small number of employees on the VLTP recipient list: Essary, Gail, MICC, Care of spouse with serious respiratory condition Heatwole, Amanda, MICC, Maternity/ childbirth Hernandez, Lorraine, Mission, NEC Lindner, Kim, Mission YTC, Wife has been diagnosed with metastaticnonsmall carcinoma likely of lung origin Maytum, Michael, Mission YTC, Treatment of cancer Rios, Anthony, Garrison Fire Department, Caring for father during severeillness Trujillo, Robert, Mission YTC, Major surgery to remove left leg abovethe knee. Surgery due to infection in metal implants from accident in 2009.SEE TRANSFER page 5 Jody Sessions, general manager and Nick Okada, guest service representative, take time out for a photo.
4 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY4By Mark Schauer Honor winner to visit the proving ground in at least 30 years, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, spent a day at YPG late last month. During his stay, he visited the operations of the Military Freefall School and met local dignitaries. From what Ive seen of the personnel here and people from the community, they are quality folks, highly patriotic Americans, he said. Typically, a Medal of Honor must be conferred upon a Soldier within three years of the valorous event for which he or she is being recognized. In Adkins case, a special exception was made due to the tireless crusading of his superior new information about his valor from those who served alongside him during those four days in 1966. He received a phone call from the president in June of last year informing him of his award: it was presented at a White House ceremony in September. Since that period of time, my life has changed. To be honest with you, Im not sure whether it is good or bad, but hopefully it is for the good, said Adkins. These days, he travels the country, speaking about patriotism and the military to audiences of all sizes and ages. He says he is delighted by the reception wherever he goes. I knew that the Medal of Honor was certainly held in high esteem by the military, but I didnt know it was held super high among the civilian population, also. Adkins, who originally entered the Army in 1956 as a conscripted clerk, served three tours in Vietnam as part of Army Special Forces, spanning the days prior to the deployment of combat troops to the waning days when American withdrawal was in progress. He recalls arriving for dressed in civilian clothes and being told to get an international drivers license. By the end of his last tour in 1971, his drivers license photo was receiving far more attention than he ever imagined. They had a poster, wanted, dead or alive, for me, and my photograph from that international drivers license showed up on those posters. When his second tour began in late 1965, Adkins thought he would be an intelligence sergeant in the rear echelon. I said, I can handle that. They even get beds to sleep in. There was a change of plans when he arrived, though. The wounded A Company intelligence sergeant had just been removed from a Special Forces camp in the A Shau Valley, close to the Laotian border, and Adkins was tapped to replace entry point for men and materiel Minh trail, and the isolated camp was only accessible by air. In early March 1966, the camp was attacked by waves of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. We were being mortared. They were hitting us heavy with rocket propelled grenades, they were using machine guns and individual weapons, even hand grenades, he said. Blindsided by the attack and immobilized by bad weather that made air travel impossible, Adkins and the other men of Camp A Shau their lives. A company of South Vietnamese soldiers associated with the camp defected to the North Vietnamese during the attack, creating a gaping hole in their going so far as to use ammo boxes to make a makeshift bipod when the weapons bipod was damaged. At one point, adversary forces began lobbing hand grenades into his pit: a South Vietnamese soldier took the brunt of one blast, losing a leg, and Adkins miraculously caught another They lost interest in hand grenade The battle continued, however. At one point, Adkins and a South Vietnamese soldier had to run into while Adkins struggled to carry him back to safety. Exhausted and battered, the men of Camp A Shau were eventually favored with a break in the weather and an order to totally evacuate the post. Marine Corps helicopters were dispatched to facilitate the exit. but only eight made it, he said with a grimace. There wasnt enough room on the helicopters for everyone. With Vietnamese soldiers, and a mortally wounded American Soldier, the exhausted Adkins took to the surrounding jungle. They had little in state of the art FM radio. The antenna was shot off of it, but I was able to take that radio, use Vietnam War hero visits proving ground Yuma Proving Ground Commander Col. Randy Murray greets the rst Congressional Medal of Honor winner to visit the proving ground in at least 30 years, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins.PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER SEE HERO page 5
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6 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 THE OUTPOSTY6By Mark Schauer As the busiest test center in the Army, YPG evaluates virtually every piece of equipment a Soldier is likely to put his or her hands on. Since items under test are often inherently dangerous, the safety of evaluators is a key factor. Many of the support this vigorous testing are not available on the commercial market, or need for the proving grounds needs. YPG boasts a developmental engineering team and skilled machinists who frequently conceive of and build elaborate projects are just too big for the proving grounds capabilities. It is then that YPG relies on its strong relationships with sister installations to meet the mission. Recently, the item in question was an steel gun mount used to hold cannons of all sizes, from 25mm up to 155mm. YPGs years old, half of which are worn beyond usability and repair. ammunition testing, said Pierre Bourque, team lead. It is a critical piece of test infrastructure and the hardware weve got predates the experience of almost everybody currently working at YPG. Worse, some of the mounts came to the proving ground Proving Ground, Indiana, and all schematics and plans for them were lost. Other mounts in the inventory had rudimentary plans from the 1970s or earlier that once got the job done, but are inadequate for modern manufacturing techniques. The mounts arent much to look at, except perhaps to those with a highly keen appreciation of abstract art. So what was so complex about replacing a large hunk of metal? It has extremely tight mechanical tolerances because it needs to be able to hold a cannon in position to within fractions of a millimeter, said Bourque. A great deal of clever engineering went into converting the drawings and the actual manufacturing. Since YPG doesnt have the capability to manufacture the mounts, test planners turned to sister installation Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), which boasts a modern 70,000 square foot welding shop, a large offset mill, and institutional testing mission in general and these exact gun mounts in particular. aided design format and adding additional details and comments, said James Borzatti, mechanical engineer in the engineering design and development branch at APG. It turned into a grand methodology project on how to build the mount. There were a great many practices and procedures we had to review of building these. The mounts themselves are brutal hunks of extremely high quality steel, but with need to accommodate the extreme repeated concussion a daily basis, for decades, without fail. Precision became the watchword. Tolerances were tight and strict, said Bruce Rose, experimental fabrication division chief at APG. Many of the larger components required that the various faces machined on them would take place in multiple steps. Some of these The new mounts have a host of upgrades over their advances in metallurgy and welding techniques in past decades mean a more robust analysis of the various elements in the mount provides an exact idea of which parts of the item are most prone to metal stress. One of the biggest threats to the longevity of the item is stress cracks that usually occur in the weld area, said Borzatti. The model we have now has shown us are. was trucked to YPG and recently saw action in the tests. Though the previous mounts provided decades of useful service, testers believe the new ones will do likewise with fewer costly maintenance inspections and repairs than in years past. As it stands now, the most conservative estimate of the cost savings achieved by producing these mounts within the command is on the order of $1 million. We know they last a long time because the last generation served the better part of 50 years, said Bourque. The next generation should last that long, but now that we have engineering background on stresses and fatigue areas, we can tailor our sustainment methodologies to be much New gun mounts cost-effective, built to last YPG Commander Col. Randy Murray (far left) and Technical Director Julio Dominguez (far right) gather to present medals to engineers James Borzatti (center left) and Bruce Rose to recognize their contributions in making the new gun mounts a reality. Manufacturing the mounts within the Army Test and Evaluation Command saves the American taxpayer over $1 million.
THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 7 Y7By Karla Dumas, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist While balancing your schedule between classes, studying, friends, work and maybe even sleep, you may not give much thought to what your next meal will be. But before you grab that cheeseburger or pepperoni pizza, remember: what you put into your body today can set the stage for the rest of your life. With March being National Nutrition Month, now is a good time to focus on making informed food choices. Recently, the nations top health and nutrition experts made recommendations for the countrys upcoming 2015 dietary guidelines. That advisory committees recommendations highlighted our countrys suboptimal dietary patterns. Our eating behaviors have becoming overweight or obese. Diet recommendations can be misrepresented to the public thanks to the work of groups that are more focused on selling their product than furthering March is National Nutrition Month, so start making good food choices Every year theres a different celebration in March of Womens History Month. The 2015 theme is Weaving the Stories of Womens Lives. According to the National Womens History Month organizers, this theme presents the opportunity to weave essential fabric our nations history. Accounts of the lives individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of womens lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing womens achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today There is a real power in hearing womens stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors talents, inspires todays generations and opens the way to the future. 2015 is also the 35th anniversary of the Womens History Movement and the National Womens History Project.Womens History Month: Whats the theme of this years Womens History Month? SEE FOOD page 8 VIEWPOINTS March is Womens Equality Month. We asked members of the workforce to reect on some of their favorite women in history. By Mark Schauer Chuck CrawfordRange control specialist I like Rosa Parks. She was someone who stood up for equal rights, which took a strong person in that time and place. She was an ordinary person who said, Ive had enough of this. Im like you, like anyone else, I have a right to ride here. Kim Alford Civilian personnel ofce chiefThere are a lot of strong females I admire who paved the way for women in the United States. One is Condoleeza Rice, not just for the fact that she was in the political realm, Justice Sonia Sotomayor is another that I really admire, as is Pat Summitt, the Tennessee lady volunteers basketball NCAA basketball championships.Stefanie Jacobs Operations research analyst for everybody else. She went out wherever she could to help others in need. Even with all of her fame, she lived in poverty and used it all to help everybody else.
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THE OUTPOST MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 9 Yumas Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park hosted this years annualArizona Archaeology Expo, and YPGs display was popular with kids and adultsalike. Here, YPG archaeologist K.D. Tyree shows visitors a variety ofgenuine and reproduction artifacts from Camp Laguna, the only one of 14World War II-era desert training centers within the boundaries of an activeArmy post. Y9 LongRealtyYuma.com 10602 Camino Del Sol, Yuma, Az 85367 (928) 342-9851 THE YUMA EXPERTS We can make it happen00057436 mfactured mobile homes automobiles Find a newFriend Pets & Livestock783-4433 By Mark Schauer caught a break. Seriously injured in a highway accident on his way to work in 2009, Trujillo captivated YPGs attention with his valiant effort to save his shattered left leg. Through surgeries, rehabilitation efforts and multiple infections, he returned to work and seemingly beat the odds. Unfortunately, a particularly serious infection made further attempts to save his leg futile. Giving in to the inevitable, doctors amputated Trujillos leg last October. He consented to the procedure in part thanks to advances in prosthetic limbs that made continuing in his physically demanding job feasible. I could have a new leg and come back to work and do my job, said Trujillo. Waterproof and dustproof, the prosthetic is everything except a titanium piston. The foot is made of a composite material used in helicopter blades, and utilizes four electronic sensors to help mimic the natural movement of a human foot. Everyone agreed that it was the most suitable prosthetic available for Trujillos needs, but there was still much to be done. After the surgery, all the muscles in my leg became like pudding. They were soft and there was no controlling the leg muscle. Though back at work on light duty since January, Trujillo still has a great deal of physical therapy in front of him. Learning how to walk again is one of the hardest things Ive ever done. You dont use the same set of muscles you did before. All the muscles have to be retrained to do something different. time. More importantly, he hurts far less than he did prior to the amputation, though he still has phantom twinges of pain that he hopes will eventually subside. Now I can walk fairly well, but I have to be careful stepping down from a curb. If Im not paying attention, Ill lose my balance since this leg doesnt support my weight like before. Trujillo credits a positive attitude with sustaining him through the grueling saga. A positive attitude means a lot. If you think youre not going to be able to do it, give it a shot anyway: you may be able to pull it off. If you fail, oh well, pick yourself up and try again a different way. He is also grateful for the scores of hours of leave that fellow workers donated throughout his recovery by way of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Without this help, he said, he would YPG people came through like gangbusters and saved the day. Theyre the ones Im proud of.Ammo plant worker returns with prosthesis legRobert Smokee Trujillo is grateful for the scores of hours of leave that fellow workers donated throughout his recovery by way of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Without this help. I would have been ruined nancially.PHOTO BY MARK SCHAUER YPG participates in Arizona Archeology ExpoPHOTO BY MARKSCHAUER
10 MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 THE OUTPOST Y10 w-00056890 It is scholarship season at Arizona Western College and students can apply for scholarships right now. The deadline to apply for scholarships is Wednesday, March 18th. Scholarship opportunities are available to both incoming new students and continuing AWC students. To apply, please visit the AWC Foundation at http://foundation.azwestern.edu/scholarships.html In addition to the scholarship application, all students must complete and submit the 2015-2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for scholarships. Please contact the AWC Financial Aid Department with any questions regarding FAFSA. Click on the Application Process button for helpful information and detailed instructions on the application process. Since 1963, the Arizona Western College Foundation has been dedicated to empowering people to reach their educational and career aspirations by enhancing access to learning opportunities. As part of this mission, the AWC Foundation provides scholarships to students attending Arizona Western College. All available scholarship opportunities are posted on our website at www.foundation.azwestern. edu under the scholarship tab. For more information, contact: Carlos Ramos Financial Aid Scholarship Specialist Arizona Western College Phone: (928) 317-7618 firstname.lastname@example.orgApply today for AWC Scholarships NEXT OUTPOST DEADLINE IS NOON MARCH 19THSexual Assault Hotline: 920-3104 Report Domestic Violence: 328-2720Submitted by Paul J. Kilanski, ACS Master Resilience TrainerFeeling weak, tired, dizzy, or having trouble concentrating? Your body may not have enough iron (in other words: you may be iron decient). Iron deciency occurs more frequently in women than men and impacts the amount of oxygen that can travel to your major organs and brain. Adding iron to your diet can help boost your performance, mood, and readiness. 1. You Should Get About 18 Milligrams of Iron a Day Female Soldiers, ages 18 to 50 years old, need about 18 milligrams (mg) of iron each day to avoid iron deciency. How can you squeeze in 18 mg? Lean red meat, sh, or poultry are good sources of iron. As a general rule of thumb, the iron from meat and seafood is the easiest for your body to use and absorb. You can also get iron from plant sources like vegetables and beans just make sure to add a source of Vitamin C to help your body better absorb the iron. 2. Foods That Contain Iron Include Cereals, Spinach, Lean Red Meats, and Beans.Feeling weak or tired: You may be iron decient SEE WEAK page 11
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