Religion digest — Feb. 24

Music group performing March 3 The Soldiers of God Ministry music group will perform songs from its new album “Battlefield Tested” at 7 p.m. March 3 at Central Baptist Church. Soldiers of God ministry is a non-profit organization that gives concerts at prisons, juvenile detention centers and other venues to reach youth and adults through […]

Ticket feature: Group of former soldiers singing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo: 4troopsmusic.com The members of 4TROOPS are Unites States combat veterans who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom New Mexico A singing group made up of former soldiers raising awareness about the sacrifices troops are making in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to area as part of Clovis Community College’s […]

Not all war injuries visible to eye

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “The truth is, because we don’t see these […]

Going the extra mile(s)

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Zane Dalton: Courtesy photo Ryan Jackson, left, was one of the Kappa Sigma fraternity members who ran in the Run for the Heroes event in 2010 to raise money for the families of injured military personnel. He and his fraternity brothers will run again this weekend after raising twice as much money as last year. […]

Confederacy memorial to be dedicated Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in […]

Sacrificing soldiers all had stories

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Jesus took on everyone’s sins, even worst of us

I heard a remarkable true story this past week from one whose mother was an eyewitness in a well known event in history. More than a half century ago, a young single British nurse served her country faithfully in WWII. She had proven herself to be a loyal and fearless nurse who witnessed the unimaginable […]

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready […]

Press release: Local Army Reserve battalion completes training in New Jersey

The 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 100th Division, based in Lubbock, Tx, recently completed its Annual Training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Jan. 31, 2011. Despite subfreezing temperatures, the Battalion successfully trained 87 Soldiers in both Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations initial training (MOS-T), as well as the Non-Commissioned Officer Civil Affairs Advanced Leaders […]

Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]

Former vice-commander asks residents to take pause

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Philip Frazee, former 27th Fighter Wing vice-commander at Cannon Air Force Base, sums up his Monday morning address at the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Cemetery as an MC-130W from Cannon Air Force Base flies overhead to close the event. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Amid a […]

Video store seeks letters, cards from community for soldiers

Freedom New Mexico Landall’s Box Office in Portales is reaching out to the community for cards and letters to send along with the movies they give the to the troops stationed overseas. “We would like for the whole town to show their support,” said Peggy Goolsby, store manager. “Cannon is a part of our town […]

Terror of war followed us home

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear the […]

National memorial effort seeks photos of fallen Vietnam soldiers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

Group collecting supplies for military personnel

CNJ staff The 73rd SOS Wombat Wives Group is collecting personal supplies for wounded servicemen and women starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Clovis. Donated supplies will be part of Soldiers’ Angels First Response Backpacks for patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kleber outpatient barracks, according to information from the […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

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 […]

MLK celebrant has seen plenty of changes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Selmus J. Price, left, president of the Clovis chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, leads marchers on 14th Street during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. march. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff wtiter Segregation was the law when Ira Pottard grew up in Clovis in the 1930s. And […]

N.M. guard, reserve to demonstrate skills

CNJ Staff New Mexico National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with local Navy and Marine reservists, will conduct a demonstration Saturday for more than 60 current and potential state employers. The event is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. at the Melrose Bombing Range. The event will include a demonstration of F-16 close air support, a parachute […]

Rumble of respect

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident and Vietnam Veteran Larry Franklin participates in the Ride of Honor Sunday at the Traveling Wall Memorial at Clovis High School. Riders guided their motorcycles along the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica to pay their respects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A procession of more than 100 motorcycles […]