Press release: Udall talks Afghanistan, clean energy tax credits

WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today discussed the developing situation in Afghanistan, the extension of tax credits for clean energy, and his meetings with business leaders in Albuquerque. Click here to listen to the full audio online. Click here to download the audio. Below is a timeline of Udall’s […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Remembering fallen hero

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Mark Forester A few columns back, I mentioned a family friend of ours that was an Air Force combat controller who was killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations in September 2010. The country needs to know of its many fallen heroes. Today, you will learn about one. Senior Airman Mark […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

Staff and wire reports Tech. Sgt. Matthew Schwartz, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was among three servicemen killed Jan. 5 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province’s Shir Ghazi, the Defense Department said Saturday in a news release. Schwartz was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 90th Civil […]

Ticket feature: Group of former soldiers singing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo: 4troopsmusic.com The members of 4TROOPS are Unites States combat veterans who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom New Mexico A singing group made up of former soldiers raising awareness about the sacrifices troops are making in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to area as part of Clovis Community College’s […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Christian fellowship strengthens our spirits

On an airline flight recently, I was seated by a young Army soldier going home from Afghanistan. We began talking, and the soldier told me of a recent event in a remote village in Afghanistan. There is a small and impoverished village in Afghanistan that has no means of getting clean water. Every morning, the […]

Let’s not linger in Afghanistan

Editor’s note: The following column co-authored by Sens. Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul first appeared in The New York Times.

C-130s maintain steady ops in Afghanistan

USAF: Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol C-130 Hercules aircraft deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron are shown June 6 on the flightline at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 774th EAS is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield. By Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol: Air Mobility Command Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan […]

Udall Discusses Bill to Expand Federal Contracting for Small Businesses, War in Afghanistan and His Proposal to Treat PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bill he plans to introduce that will expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. He also gave his thoughts on Afghanistan ahead of the President’s announcement on Wednesday regarding troop reductions. In addition he previewed […]

Take pride in being an Air Commando

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Three amazing men, U.S. Army Green Berets, recently died in an Afghanistan improvised explosive device blast. One I didn’t know, one I knew in passing, and one was someone I playfully called a cross between Eddie Munster and the guy from Twilight (because of his bright […]

General details Afghanistan campaign plan

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan — The population centers of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces and Spin Bolduk on the Pakistan border constitute key areas in the fight against the Taliban this year, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said here today. Army Lt. Gen. David M. […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Security Forces airmen issued ‘best friend’

By Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley, 451st AEW Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Outside the kennels at Kandahar Airfield in late March, several otherwise stoic security forces airmen gushed to their dogs, which jumped happily as they were released into the rocky yard. The airmen stressed, however, that these are not pets. These are […]

Press release: Udall discusses budget, Afghanistan, petroleum reserves

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the ongoing budget debate in Congress, the situation in Afghanistan and his thoughts on tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat rising gas prices. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday in […]

Community rallies to replace stolen supplies for U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan

Dianne Parker: Courtesy photo Portales teachers Sara Meeks, left, and Brooke Cordova handle supplies the Portales community donated to soldiers in Afghanistan. The contributions filled 94 boxes. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico For the sake of soldiers they had never met, Portales community members collected enough personal supplies to fill 94 boxes, plus about […]

There are other ways to thwart funeral protests

Freedom New Mexico Many Americans oppose U.S. military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan; some have taken to the streets in open protest. But do such protests cross a line when they interfere with the solemn funeral of a fallen soldier? The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the matter. New Mexico residents fall […]