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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

President’s Own marine band performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The President’s Own Marine Band will perform Saturday night at Marshall Middle School. The show is expected to include solos and full ensemble music. Sharna Johnson Saturday, local residents will have a rare opportunity to see the most distinguished of U.S. military bands perform a free concert at Marshall Middle School. The President’s […]

Cannon spouses start German club

Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, which is German for German Club, was started by Barbara Howery, the wife of an Air Force major stationed at CAFB. After coming to Clovis with her husband, Howery was […]

Cannon spouse wins lottery

CNJ staff report A Clovis homemaker and military spouse won $30,000 playing scratch off lottery’s Big Bingo Monday night. Darlene Greene told lottery officials she plans to use some of the money to pay off a car loan, according to a press release. Linda Hamlin, New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman, said Greene’s husband Wendell, stationed at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force […]

Clovis police investigating child death

CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl Sunday in a military housing unit. Police and medical personnel were dispatched to 4221 Lew Wallace Drive just before 10 a.m. for a report of an unconscious child who wasn’t breathing. Police Chief Steve Sanders said preliminary information indicates the child may have […]

Prep football scoreboard — Aug. 27

Clovis 40, Alamogordo 0 Las Vegas Robertson 41, Portales 6 Texico 14, Dexter 0 Fort Sumner 32, New Mexico Military 17 Melrose 50, Logan 36 Clovis Christian 47, Dora 0 Springer 46, Floyd 20 Texas Farwell 51, Morton 6 Bovina 54, Hale Center 6 Muleshoe 27, Shallowater 13

Honors — Aug. 15

Garica [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman Erica E. Garcia, daughter of Elvia Garcia of Portales, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]

Airmen barred from three local smoke shops

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Up In Smoke employee Tasha Hicks said there are signs and warnings posted throughout the store cautioning people against ingesting incenses such as “spice” and Salvia. Tuesday, Cannon Air Force Base issued an order making three Clovis smoke shops off limits to airmen because of the herbs. Sharna Johnson Cannon […]

Panel told not to cut vet benefits

Advocates for military retirees and veterans urged a bipartisan commission studying ways to end runaway budget deficits not to lump military-earned benefits in with other entitlements eyed for cost controls. “There’s a fundamental difference between social insurance programs open to every American and military benefits earned by decades of service and sacrifice,” Steve Strobridge, director […]

Influencing TRICARE option barred

Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their cafeteria-style health insurance options so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-taxed dollars. The change took effect June 18 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense that […]

Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

In tribute: Salesman never forgot time in military

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Alan “Al” Jolly loved people, a clean car and the Dallas Cowboys. But his greatest love was for airmen just finding their way at Cannon Air Force Base. Jolly, a former Cannon airman, Realtor and car sales manager, died Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was 79. Born […]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of Amer-ican homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]

Press release: N.M. Military Bases to See Growth in Fiscal Year 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said he is very pleased that New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to see growth in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled today, Cannon Air Force Base is expected […]