Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

Hounds think they’ve made improvement

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University senior Reggie Nelson is happy to be back in Portales and playing basketball. The 6-foot-1 senior guard was the Greyhounds’ co-leader in scoring in 2009-10, but took a year off for what he called family reasons. He’s expected to start at point guard today when the Greyhounds take on […]

Recruiter arrested on child solicitation charges

CNJ staff A National Guard recruiter from Lubbock was arrested Tuesday and charged with child solicitation by electronic device, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release, when 44-year-old Jeffrey Jackson arrived at a decoy house in Clovis with a box of condoms for the purpose of having […]

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]

Press release: New Mexico National Guard to Host Annual Bataan Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard will host the annual Bataan Ceremony April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building located at 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, N.M.

ACU downs Zias behind 31 from freshman guard

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Freshman guard Mack Lankford scored 31 points and Abilene Christian led from start to finish Saturday en route to an 89-76 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Lankford poured in 10-of-19 shots from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, as the Wildcats (7-11, […]

Hounds’ lineman adjusts to injuries

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU senior guard T.J. Cleavinger is playing through knee and shoulder problems this season, in hopes of the Greyhounds winning the LSC North championship. Dave Wagner Like a number of his cohorts on the offensive line, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard T.J. Cleavinger just keeps plugging along. Cleavinger, a […]

ENMU guard Nelson opts not to return

CNJ staff PORTALES — Guard Reggie Nelson, Eastern New Mexico University’s co-leading scorer during the 2009-10 basketball season, will not be back for the Greyhounds this season. Hounds coach Andrew Helton said Nelson, who would have been a senior at ENMU, wanted to play closer to his home in Tyler, Texas. “I wish Reggie the […]

Traffic delays expected due to National Guard training

CNJ staff Traffic delays are expected next week on U.S. Highway 60/84 between Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose due to New Mexico National Guard training, according to a news release. Training will take place Sunday through Wednesday at Melrose Air Force Range. The release said delays will be expected between 8 a.m. and 11 […]

District attorney recognized for support of National Guard and Reserve

CNJ staff District Attorney Matt Chandler was recently recognized for his support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve military services. The Seven Seals Award is the highest award given by the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release. Since taking office in 2004, Chandler […]

Flexible employers to be recognized at National Guard ceremony

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the fifth-straight year, Clovis is providing an opportunity that National Guard and Reserve members don’t get in their everyday service — the chance to say thanks. This weekend’s Guard/Reserve Awards and Recognition Banquet is expected to draw about 150 to Clovis on Friday and Saturday. Attendance includes National […]

Clay named to LSC South second team

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Cat Clay led the Zias and was 11th in the Lone Star Conference with 14.2 points per game. CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Cat Clay was named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division’s second team for the second-straight year. Junior guard and Clovis native Tori Northcutt was an honorable mention for […]

Cannon airman remembers slain father

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Courtesy photo Thomas Manyvong with his father, Bounhom Manyvong, far right, and his mother Amnouy Manyvong, far left, stepfather Vatanachai Sangchai, left, and half brother Jerry Tango, center, during a 2007 Thanksgiving gathering at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Freedom New Mexico A Cannon airman led a jammed funeral service for his father earlier […]

Press release: Merry Christmas from Iraq

Courtesy photo SGT. Robert Gonzales, left, and CW4 Charlie Day MOSUL, Iraq – The New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion want to wish their respective communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a photo of themselves in Mosul, Iraq. The 515th is currently serving as the headquarters element for […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

Military deserving of better return

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress.Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their full operational role […]

Hounds lose overtime thriller to Mustangs

Freedom New Mexico Guard Nolan Richardson hit back-to-back baskets in overtime to give Midwestern State the lead for good and the Mustangs held off Eastern New Mexico 94-90 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. Richardson, the LSC’s leading scorer and the grandson of former Tulsa and Arkansas […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler worked out this week at the Wildcats’ practice. Now playing at Lubbock Chritian, Isler is close to full health again after collapsing in Canyon, Texas, last spring. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know […]

Hounds get set for No. 4 Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior nose guard Ronald Green says he enjoys a challenge, and he’ll get one in Abilene Christian running back Bernard Scott when the teams open Lone Star Conference South Division play today at Blackwater Draw. The Wildcats (3-0), No. 4 in NCAA Division II, feature […]