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 […]