Hearing loss growing among vets

One summer night outside of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. David Goldich was manning the gun turret atop a Humvee when a roadside bomb, rigged with a 155 mm artillery shell, detonated beside him. “It knocked out our vehicle commander, blew our fuel tank, shredded our tire,” Goldich recalled. The explosion also punctured […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

Marine receives Navy Cross for actions in Vietnam

USMC: Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Ned E. Seath on Feb. 11 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines: Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps WASHINGTON — Nearly 45 years after he saved almost […]

Input sought on New Mexico veterans museum

Courtesy illustration Architect renderings of the planned New Mexico Veterans Museum, which will be one of several veteran-oriented facilities on the museum’s campus which will be located in Las Cruces. Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday in […]

Marine recalls time served during Korean War

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Cannon AFB leadership class 06-D, honored Robert E. Simmons, by placing him on their “Wall of Heroes” in April of 2006 and presented him with a shadow box that displays his awards and decorations from the course of his 20-year career in the Marines. Clarence Plank Robert Simmons, 81, of […]

Unique flag gifted to local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo AmVets Post 14 trustee Jack Thomas explains that an American flag is folded with four stars out, standing for “In God We Trust.” By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections AmVets Post 14 in Clovis received a special gift from a Marine two weeks ago. AmVets Trustee Jack Thomas says he received […]

Veterans Day events

Saturday Marine Corps Birthday Ball — 6 p.m., VFW 3280, 200 W. Grand in Clovis.

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

March 26, 2008 Local Roundup

Ag meeting set for April 10 The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. April 10 at the Best Western, 2912 Mabry Dr., according to a news release. The USDA Farm Service Agency is proposing changes to the program that would allow managed haying or grazing no more than once […]

Military Feature: Marine home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lance Cpl. Ryan Blacklock surprised his family by coming home for Christmas. Ryan, a graduate of Choices Alternative School, stands with, from left, his father Ronnie, sister Nichole, wife Krystal, mother Rebecca and sister Tia in their Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Military Feature: Portales Marine returns from Iraq

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Courtesy photo Portales High alumnus Lance Cpl. Kody Ashmore spent almost nine months in Iraq. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned […]

Iraq tour alters Marine’s perspective

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned to Clovis last week from a tour in Iraq. The experience impacted his life in a positive way, and he welcomes the chance to go back again, he said. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned from his eight months in Iraq […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

Heroism earns former Marine ‘Wall of Heroes’ induction

Thomas Trower The Cannon Airman Leadership School’s Hall of Heroes has recently received a new member to add to its ranks. This was the first time the event was held in the newly named Hall of Heroes room at The Landing. Retired Cpl. Frederick Madera was inducted on Aug.14 at 11 a.m. by ALS Class […]

Newest Wall of Heroes member began service at 16

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Dale Davis addresses the Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B Dec. 1. Mr. Davis, who began serving his country as a merchant marine at age 16, was inducted into the Wall of Heroes. Airman Thomas Trower Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B had the chance to honor another local hero on Dec. 1. […]

War misrepresented by press, politicians

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes […]