Pentagon: U.S. concedes mistakes in Pakistani deaths

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, a persistent lack of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan still complicates operations along the critical Afghanistan border and was a key factor in the errant American airstrikes late last month that killed 24 Pakistani troops. U.S. officials on Thursday accepted some blame […]

Pentagon: U.S. concedes mistakes in Pakistani deaths

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, a persistent lack of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan still complicates operations along the critical Afghanistan border and was a key factor in the errant American airstrikes late last month that killed 24 Pakistani troops. U.S. officials on Thursday accepted some blame […]

Senate considers nominees for Pentagon posts

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Two of President Barack Obama’s nominees for key Defense Department posts appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today as part of their confirmation process. Michael G. Vickers, nominated to be undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and Jo Ann Rooney, the president’s choice to be principal […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]

Training won’t hurt communities

Regarding the Pentagon’s proposed training initiative that would create a low-altitude training range covering most of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. I flew almost 4,000 hours in United States Air Force fighter jets. We flew hundreds of low-level sorties in high speed and relatively loud jets every day over densely populated parts of Europe. […]

Airman inducted into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes

Courtesy photo Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger, an Air Force senior NCO who was killed after saving the lives of some of his crew during a fierce battle at a radar site in Laos 42 years ago, will receive the Medal of Honor Sept. 21 in a White House ceremony. By Senior Master […]

Pentagon urges employees to leap into fitness

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Uniformed and civilian Air Force members are encouraged to represent the Defense Department in the presidential fitness challenge this fall as our country continues to focus on health and wellness. The DoD’s civilian personnel policy office is sponsoring “Leap Into Fall,” a fitness challenge for all uniformed and civilian […]

Aviation art gallery opens at Pentagon

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The World War I Skyfighters of France teamed with modern-day American airmen in Afghanistan in an art gallery exhibit in the Pentagon dedicated March 18 by Air Force senior leaders. The exhibit showcases the work of the first aviation artist […]

Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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Col. Stephen Clark was in an office on the opposite side of the building where the plane hit the Pentagon. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now […]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in […]

Revised bill could boost recruiting

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The quality and number of American youth drawn to military service should climb soon because of enhanced education benefits to be provided under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, say Pentagon recruiting experts. “It is a very attractive incentive package, there’s no question about that. So individuals will be very interested […]

Costly defense doesn’t protect ground troops

Freedom New Mexico The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If […]

Special operations gets funding in Pentagon non-war budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Congress approved a big boost in the Pentagon’s non-war budget late Thursday. The budget includes money for Air Force Special Operations to modify CV-22 Ospreys and other funding that will boost several programs in eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon […]

Commemoration of a tragedy

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Photo by Tony Bullocks: Cannon Connections The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors at Patriot Outdoors during a Sept. 11 ceremony. By Gabriel Monte and Casey Peacock: Cannon Connections Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, despite […]

Survivor recalls Sept. 11 attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Van Walworth of Nashville, Tenn. entertains a crowd Tuesday during a Sept. 11 ceremony at Patriot Outdoors. Walworth sang songs that were inspired by 9/11. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. […]

Facts don’t justify Libby commutation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Cannon granted fuel facility funds

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, — The Pentagon on Friday released $13.2 million for Cannon Air Force Base in southeastern New Mexico, the state’s congressional delegation says. The delegation in November asked the Pentagon to release the funds for a fuel storage and distribution system at the base near Clovis. “Along with […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Cannon on Air Force special ops short list

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two […]

Brochure touts base’s assets

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Col. James Holland, director of the Air Force BRAC Program Management Office in Washington D.C., speaks about the possible options for Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday during an interview at the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was […]