Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Local institutions say no problems with veterans’ tuition payments

Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims unprocessed is now fewer […]

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 […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq. Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to […]

Iraq voter turnout offers sign of hope

Freedom New Mexico The Iraqi provincial elections, a prelude to national elections later this year or early next year, were carried out almost

Anbar success remarkable yet

Freedom New Mexico Something truly remarkable happened Monday in Iraq. The U.S. military handed the Iraqi government full control of security in Anbar province. Two years ago, top military intelligence people in Iraq considered Anbar pretty much a lost cause about which the U.S. military could do little or nothing. But a place that not […]

Udall hears Hull overpass concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., speaks to the audience Tuesday, at Clovis Community College Town Hall. Udall, a Senate candidate, stopped in Clovis as part of his, “Do Right by New Mexico” tour. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. said Tuesday it was ironic the […]

President signs off on Cannon funding

CNJ staff On Monday The FY2008 emergency supplemental bill containing $162 billion, with key funding for Cannon Air Force Base was signed into law by President Bush. According to press releases from Senators Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the bill will primarily fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it contains funding to […]