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The model general: Retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon gets glamorous to promote military and women's causes in Oklahoma

by Heather Warlick Modified: March 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013

Last year's event raised enough money to provide new computers to the 25 female OSU military students who were enrolled and taking distance learning classes while on tours of duty and to donate $8,000 to the Women's Foundation of Oklahoma, Nord said.

Aragon said something she hopes to accomplish by participating in the fashion event is to show that being a woman in the military doesn't mean you can't enjoy fashion and beauty.

“A lot of people think if you're going in the military, you have to be macho and all that. It's just not true. In the military today, you can have any career you want and still be a lady,” Aragon said.

For women, today's military is a great leveling field in terms of professions, Aragon said.

“You're rated on your ability, your talents, the time you've been in. It's one of the few places where women earn the same as men when they have the same job, the same requirements. It's really a great opportunity,” she said.

How to help

To buy tickets for “A Journey Around the World For Military & Women,” sponsor a table or donate items for the auction, email Nord at or call (405) 747-0320.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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