Defense officials authorize Humanitarian Service Medal for Haiti relief efforts

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Department of Defense officials have approved the Humanitarian Service Medal for personnel assigned to Operation Unified Response who directly participated in humanitarian relief assistance to the people of Haiti following the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12. U.S. military personnel supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti for at least one day between Jan. […]

Other ways to facilitate relief in Haiti

Freedom New Mexico As relief efforts have continued in Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people, criticism has arisen that United Nations funds have not been spent properly. “The United Nations has quietly upped this year’s peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going […]

A prayer offered is a prayer answered

By Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia D. Rios: Joint Special Operations Air Component Chaplain PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As a chaplain, you never really know what the day holds. There are so many moments in the stillness of the day that you can actually see the hand of God moving in the lives around you. It is amazing […]

Locals getting involved in bringing missionaries back to U.S.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Three of the 10 U.S. missionaries charged with kidnapping for trying to take a busload of children out of Haiti have captured the attention of Clovis. Terry Lomas of Clovis said his cousins Drew Culberth and Paul Thompson, and Thompson’s son Silas, went to Haiti to help. “They are […]

Chaplain’s perspective: ‘God pushed me’

USAF photo: Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia D. Rios blesses one of three triplets in the children’s ward of the University of Miami Hospital compound adjacent to the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 29. The babies were born in the wake of the earthquake which devastated […]

Friday morning briefing: Mesa School cashes in and strike up the local bands

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day In your backyard: the Miles Mineral Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. Five large from Mesa Students at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis, New Mexico have raised nearly $5,000 for Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts. Principal Jan Cox and students of […]

Realtors plan to text donations to Haiti in unison at meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Realtor Kelly Corn donates $5 to United Way from her cell phone to help earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Everybody’s doing it. And this time, it’s a good thing. The Clovis Board of Realtors plans to join in by texting in unison Tuesday […]

Residents of all ages contributing to Haiti aid

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Residents of Portales, Clovis and Muleshoe of all ages are rallying to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Starting today, the Associated Students Activities Board at Eastern New Mexico University is sponsoring a week-long fundraiser on campus. “We’re really just asking for monetary donations,” said Amber Dorado, social issues coordinator. […]

Quay resident awaits word from family in Haiti

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Jean Morency of Tucumcari lived in Haiti until he was 12 years old. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Quay County business owner says he’s stunned at the destruction in Haiti, where he has relatives struggling to survive. “I asked my brother if he had eaten anything,” Jean Morency of Tucumcari said on Tuesday. […]

Cannon deploys medical aid to Haiti

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Medical personnel from Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Special Medical Group and 27th Special Operations Support Squadron deployed Sunday to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Sunday’s deployment from the eastern New Mexico base is in addition to two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft Cannon sent Wednesday […]

Cannon deploys medical aid to Haiti

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Medical personnel from Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Special Medical Group and 27th Special Operations Support Squadron deployed Sunday to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Sunday’s deployment from the eastern New Mexico base is in addition to two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft Cannon sent Wednesday […]

Local organizations offer Haiti aid options

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U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Erik Cardenas Airman 1st Class David Showers, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, gets blood drawn by Tech. Sgt. Michael Buongiorne, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, in preparation for deployment to Haiti. Approximately 45 Airmen from here prepared to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. CNJ staff Here is […]

Cannon to participate in Haiti quake aid

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday in […]

Operations in Haiti: How to help

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Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

USAF file photo A MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd Special Operations Squadron sits on the flightline at Cannon. On Wednesday, Air Force officials announced the deployment of two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to assist with operation in Haiti. Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at […]

Organizations accepting donations to help Haiti

The Associated Press Want to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti? Aid organizations need your assistance but warn that well-intentioned efforts like collecting bottled water and clothing on your own may not be the most helpful thing for a disaster-ravaged country that does not have the infrastructure to distribute them. Some tips from InterAction, […]

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Realistic taxation should be priority in Haiti restoration

Freedom Newspapers U.S., Canadian and French troops are occupying Haiti and helping establish a new, democratic government. We believe Haitians themselves need to do most of the work of reconstructing democracy and the economy. But U.S. involvement should have a clear purpose. Immediate remedies include establishing the rule of law and guaranteeing political and other […]

U.S. doesn’t need to become further embroiled in Haiti

Freedom Newspapers From a certain perspective it could be tempting in certain circles in Washington to intervene in this latest crisis in Haiti. Prudence, experience and a realistic assessment of what the United States is likely to be able to accomplish there, however, argue in favor of restraint. It’s not that the Haitians themselves are […]