Troops send holiday greetings from Iraq

Courtesy photo Sgt. Robert Gonzales, left, and CW4 Charlie Day Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion members want to wish their communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mosul, Iraq. According to a news release, the 515th is serving as the headquarters element for more […]

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 […]

Guard officer model for new Air Force career field

By Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith: National Guard Bureau ARLINGTON, Va. — Can an airman who never flew a combat sortie give expert advice to an Army commander on the use of airpower in battle? That question has been the focus of study and debate for nearly two decades in the Air Force. But Lt. […]

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 […]

Deployment stress results in gray hair

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. […]

Honor Guard wins parade sweepstakes

The base Honor Guard marches in downtown Clovis during the 39th annual Pioneer Days Parade on June 6. The Honor Guard received the most points in the parade, winning the Sweepstakes Trophy.

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 […]

Veterans group trains to assist base honor guard

USAF photo: Greg Allen Senior Airman Nathan Rogers, right, 27th SOW Honor Guard, watches as Edward Noll, a member of American Veterans, Post 14 practices the proper techniques in flag folding for military funeral honors. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Honor guardsmen from Cannon teamed up with American Veterans Post members in Clovis […]

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 […]

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

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 […]

Idaho Guard supports Special Olympics

USAF photo: Senior Airman Robert Barney Idaho Air National Guardsmen Lt. Col. Neal Murphy (left) and Senior Master Sgt. Gary Weiskircher move baggage and equipment for members of Team Ireland on Tuesday at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Delegate Welcome Center in Boise, Idaho. By 1st Lt. Clint Miller: Idaho National Guard Public […]

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 […]

Area National Guard members giving aid in Louisiana

Freedom New Mexico Army National Guard members from Clovis and Portales are in Louisiana to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Among the more than 500 personnel sent were 90 assigned to the 717th Brigadier Support Battalion out of Roswell, which includes members in Clovis and Portales, according to National Guard spokesman Lt. […]

Reserve, Guard demonstrate military skills

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno An Army National Guard medical evacuation company simulates a search and rescue mission with a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during the 2008 Boss Lift on May 3. By Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno, 27th SOW Public Affairs Office MELROSE BOMBING RANGE — More than 60 New Mexico […]

N.M. guard, reserve to demonstrate skills

CNJ Staff New Mexico National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with local Navy and Marine reservists, will conduct a demonstration Saturday for more than 60 current and potential state employers. The event is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. at the Melrose Bombing Range. The event will include a demonstration of F-16 close air support, a parachute […]

Hounds sign juco guard

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan has his first signee for the 2008-09 season in Brandon Wilson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Dallas. Wilson, who will be a junior, transferred from Jacksonville College in Texas. He averaged 8 1/2 points and almost four rebounds a game last season […]

Honor Guard wins AFSOC awards

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Two airmen from Cannon’s Honor Guard showed that hard work and dedication pays off by being named the winners of two categories from Air Force Special Operations Command. Tech Sgt. Rodney Barner, 27th Special Operations Services Squadron, and Senior Airman Geoff Leal, 27th […]

March 6 – Frosty work

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Leonard Freitas works the crosswalk in front of Zia Elementary during the winter storm that hit Clovis Thursday morning. Freitas has been a crosswalk guard for seven years.