Defense Media Activity officials launch widget

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg: Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Channel, the Defense’s Department’s broadcast vehicle for the latest Defense Department news, has unveiled its latest widget for podcasts. Available under the Widgets tab on Defense.gov, the widget allows users to receive the latest Defense Department podcasts on their own websites or social […]

Defense forced to watch

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU receiver Tyler Finch makes the diving catch for a touchdown in the first half of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Greyhounds coaching staff didn’t like the sight of the offense scoring at will Saturday morning. So they made the […]

PRMC receives DoD recognition

Cannon Connections staff Plains Regional Medical Center was one of 17 employers in the state nominated by New Mexico Guard and Reserve service members to receive the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom award, according to a news release. Nominated employers demonstrated support by providing continued benefits, differential pay and family assistance, the release […]

Defense Department pauses spouse employment program

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials here have temporarily halted a popular employment assistance program for military spouses while it conducts a “top-to-bottom” review of its services, officials said Feb. 18. The My Spouse Career Advancement Account program, also known as MyCAA, offers military spouses opportunities to pursue portable […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Three Hounds make all-region football team

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University junior cornerback Rodney Mitchell was a first-team defense selection on Don Hansen’s 2009 Football Gazette All-Super Region Four squad. Greyhounds earning second-team honors were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp and junior linebacker Nathan Uland. Mitchell tied for seventh in Division II and first in the Lone Star Conference South Division […]

President signs 2010 defense budget into law

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense officials are hailing passage of the fiscal 2010 budget that funds military programs and wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and provides a military pay raise. President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19 after the Senate approved […]

All must register for ID system

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Everyone, to include civilians, contractors and visitors, in addition to active duty military, must register with the Defense Biometrics Identifications System, which will provide for a more secure installation. Registration can be completed at the following locations: • From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the […]

President signs Defense Authorization Act

By Gerry J. Gilmore: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 28. President Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Udall: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that the Senate has passed key defense legislation that includes significant funding for New Mexico’s military installations and national laboratories that provide critical support of the nation’s defense. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate 68-29 […]

Press release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Pet projects leave troops ill-prepared

Freedom New Mexico This country would be much safer, with its core national interests better served, if the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan were ended immediately. While U.S troops are in the field, however, it is difficult to express just how utterly unconscionable it is for Congress to divert money requested for fuel, ammunition […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Defense carries Falcons to victory over Aztecs

USAF photo: Mike Kaplan Falcons sophomore quarterback Connor Dietz hands off to sophomore running back Asher Clark on a reverse during Air Force’s 26-14 win over San Diego State at Falcon Stadium, Colo. By Staff Sgt. Don Branum: U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The U.S. Air Force Academy football team […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

House approves Cannon construction funding

Cannon Connections staff Congress took the first step Thursday to funding more than $67 million of new construction at Cannon Air Force Base. The House approved the money as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It includes $450,000 for a new dormitory and an additional $52.8 million in construction by Special Operations Command, according […]