Students band together to send DVDs to troops

s-nedcantwell.jpg

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Eva Zaldivar, 3, left, helps her grandmother, Wilma Ploudre, fill care packages to send to soldiers overseas. Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clovis sends care packages to deployed troops. Alisa Boswell An Eastern New Mexico University student donated more than 300 DVDs for military care packages being sent by ENMU professor Patricia […]

U.S. should shift focus to al-Qaida

Freedom New Mexico What a tragedy. Last weekend, NATO helicopter attacks against suspected insurgents in Pakistan inadvertently killed 28 troops of the Pakistani military. Although the two nations’ relations are strained, Pakistan is a key ally in America’s military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan itself. Pakistani Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, a military spokesman, said that […]

Iraq: The war that should never have been

Freedom Newspapers It looks, finally, like U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq. According to President Barack Obama, the withdrawal means U.S. forces will be “home for the holidays,” fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2008. No doubt the withdrawal will be a major plank in his re-election bid next year. However, the Status of […]

Taking care of troops

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs overseas. […]

Video: U.S. troops to leave Iraq by year’s end

Sending troops not best way to end violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Troops will receive full mid-month pay Friday

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, Pentagon officials said. “Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. “It […]

Some troops qualify for extended tax deadline

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members serving outside of the United States — including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan — will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year, officials said. This extension is in addition to the nation’s already extended deadline. Due to Emancipation Day, a […]

Tax laws benefit troops, families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said. Due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized by the District of Columbia, […]

Military force won’t deter drug cartels

Freedom New Mexico Mexican President Felipe Calderon has promised to send more than 2,500 additional military troops to his northeast border to deal with the growing violence right across from the Rio Grande Valley. Calderon said last month that he would deploy four more battalions, each with about 650 troops, to Mexico’s northeast border. He […]

Program lets deployed troops read to children

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Scott Farley Tech. Sgt. David Aceveda reads a children’s book in front of a video camera Sept. 24 inside the USO Community Center on Dover AFB, Del., as part of the United Through Reading program. While Aceveda is deployed, the pre-recorded DVD and book will be sent to his children. Aceveda […]

Udall PSA urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released a 30-second video PSA urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

Cannon quilters continue mission of making quilts for families of fallen troops

llj8of-llj8np522millerhonors.jpg

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Adah Dean cuts quilt top pieces to the correct size. Liliana Castillo Operation Homefront Quilts at Cannon Air Force Base has changed its name but not its mission. Joanne and Jessica Porter began the program in Florida but became overwhelmed with the project early this year. Ellen Saccoia-Smith, who organizes […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

Feds ready to pay ‘stop loss’ troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Combat, hardship pays remain for U.S. troops

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The change from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn does not affect the pays and entitlements troops serving in Iraq receive, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Sept. 1. Servicemembers deployed to Iraq will still receive hostile fire/imminent danger pay, hardship-duty pay […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Glenn Eagle, left, talks with his son Greg Eagle about setting up a shower facility for the inaugural Eagle View Rally. The four-day event is expected to draw 2,500 motorcyclists to the Eagles’ property northeast of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number […]

Program links troops with career resources

By Sarah Lifshin: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — As the United States’ economic crisis lingers, returning veterans are finding it harder to translate the skills they have learned on the battlefields onto a resume, but some employers are working with the military to bridge the gap. Staff members with the Employer Partnership Office of […]

Disabled troops, vets attend Warrior Games

DoD photo: Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden Approximately 200 disabled veterans look on as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter speaks during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Warrior Games May 10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Game athletes are competing in Paralympic-style events. By Army Sgt. 1st […]

Officials warn of ‘phishing’ scams targeting troops

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread “phishing” expedition against servicemembers. Phishing is a term used to describe deceiving people into divulging personal information such as passwords or account numbers over the Internet. Beginning as early as […]