• Age: 42
• Rank: Master sergeant
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• Branch of service: Army
• Hometown: Modesto
• High school: Downey High, Class of 1985
• Specialty: Heavy equipment maintenance
• Currently serving in: Kandahar, Afghanistan
• Family: Wife, Sandra, and children, John and Emma, of Fort Richardson, Alaska; parents, Oscar and Jennifer Ardans of Modesto
• Of note: Ardans has served in the Army for 18 years and has been deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is in charge of 80 mechanics. Their duty is to provide usable armored equipment to soldiers on patrol, rescue disabled equipment and support infantry.
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P.O. Box 5256
Modesto, CA 95352
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