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Camden woman was first Texas A&M female cadet company commander
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Ruth Ann Burns (left) returned to Texas A&M for a reunion and met Allysa Michalke, who will become the first woman to lead the schools entire cadet corps following the current semester. - photo by Provided by Ruth Ann and Julian Burns
When Ruth Ann Schumacher, now Ruth Ann Burns of Camden, first joined the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University in 1974, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. She was in the first group of female cadets at the prestigious university and was among 50 female classmates in the groundbreaking event. An admitted “Army brat,” Burns said she was born in Texas and traveled throughout her youth, finally finishing high school in Gettysburg, Penn.