Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Souper Bowl nets more than $2,000

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Greg Hearn, right, and his son, Shannon, left, are served a hot bowl of minestrone soup from Salvation Army board member Twila Rutter. Benna Sayyed The Salvation Army celebrated super bowl weekend Saturday by offering potato, green chile, minestrone and posole soups. The fourth annual Souper Bowl netted $2,059, according […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Salvation Army bell ringer Frank Mitchell thanks a Walgreens shopper for a donation Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Mitchell, who has been doing ringer shifts since Nov. 19, is in his first year as a volunteer. Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Births —

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Woods DeAngelo Clark Woods was born Aug. 4, 2011, at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood to Bernie and Stephanie Woods Fort Hood, Texas. He weighed 10 pounds. He has one brother, Dominic, 3, and two sisters, Shaquira, 15, and Liyah, 7. Grandparents are Michael and Lilly Chrisman of San Antonio, Ed […]

Salvation Army accepting monetary hurricane donations

CNJ staff The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a […]

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 […]

Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

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 […]

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

DoD: Spc. David M. Sharp President Barack Obama places the Medal of Honor around the neck of Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry July 12 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the country’s highest military honor […]

Colorado airman receives Purple Heart

By Angie Jackson: Colorado Springs Gazette As Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Badger and his team walked the streets of southern Afghanistan in search of improvised bombs last October, one went off just feet from him. His first instinct was to ignore his concussion and let adrenaline take over to make sure the rest of […]

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 […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

AAFES leadership visits Cannon

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry D. Helm, senior enlisted leader to the commanding general, Army and Air Force Exchange Services speaks to the members of Airman Leadership School class 11-E on April 26 about improvements planned for AAFES institutions at Cannon. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The senior enlisted […]

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Empty Stocking donations list

CNJ staff The Salvation Army’s most successful Christmas campaign in the last five years collected $52,034 between Red Kettles and Empty Stocking Funds. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Empty Stocking donations this year totaled $9,843. The following is a list of Empty Stocking donators furnished by the […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

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FNM file photo David Garza of Clovis been a bell ringer for the last five years and said he enjoys doing it and helping people. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive raised $15,000 more than last year. Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last […]

Job takes Portales man to Middle East

Courtesy photo Portales resident Bob Johnston, left, and British Reconnaissance Officer Andy Recouski, retired, worked together in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Being a general contractor never meant looking around every corner or learning to sleep through bombings until Portales resident Bob Johnston decided to take his job international. After seven years in the Army and 28 […]

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 […]