Army helicopter pilot inspired by med-evac

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Army Captain Jeff Epps, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and his wife Ali Epps stand in front of a “Welcome Home” banner in front of his family home on Jeanie Drive. The Epps have been married for two years and both graduated from Clovis High School. Tonjia Rolan Jeff Epps’ […]

Souper Bowl nets more than $2,000

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Greg Hearn, right, and his son, Shannon, left, are served a hot bowl of minestrone soup from Salvation Army board member Twila Rutter. Benna Sayyed The Salvation Army celebrated super bowl weekend Saturday by offering potato, green chile, minestrone and posole soups. The fourth annual Souper Bowl netted $2,059, according […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Salvation Army bell ringer Frank Mitchell thanks a Walgreens shopper for a donation Saturday afternoon in Clovis. Mitchell, who has been doing ringer shifts since Nov. 19, is in his first year as a volunteer. Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Births —

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Woods DeAngelo Clark Woods was born Aug. 4, 2011, at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood to Bernie and Stephanie Woods Fort Hood, Texas. He weighed 10 pounds. He has one brother, Dominic, 3, and two sisters, Shaquira, 15, and Liyah, 7. Grandparents are Michael and Lilly Chrisman of San Antonio, Ed […]

Salvation Army accepting monetary hurricane donations

CNJ staff The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a […]

Military digest: Board says military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

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 […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Empty Stocking donations list

CNJ staff The Salvation Army’s most successful Christmas campaign in the last five years collected $52,034 between Red Kettles and Empty Stocking Funds. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Empty Stocking donations this year totaled $9,843. The following is a list of Empty Stocking donators furnished by the […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

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FNM file photo David Garza of Clovis been a bell ringer for the last five years and said he enjoys doing it and helping people. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive raised $15,000 more than last year. Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last […]

Empty Stocking program launches Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $25,000 for this year’s Empty Stocking fund to help families in need through the holidays. Freedom New Mexico With 100 more families applying for help this holiday season, the Salvation Army is hoping to raise enough money to meet their needs and help […]

Friday morning briefing: Community band concert and Arnie’s Army

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Band plays on Don’t forget the annual Clovis Community Band Concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park. Talking trash A reminder the window is closing today on completing a City of Clovis

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

Compensation restored to widows

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

We should come before God with humble spirit

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The Bible teaches that we all must come to God with humble attitude. An Old Testament but timely story in the Bible reveals this truth in 2 Kings 5:1-14. There was a little Israelite slave girl, a worshipper of Jehovah, who served in the elegant household of Naaman, Capitan of […]

Salvation Army’s Souper Bowl adding silent auction

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Courtesy illustration The Salvation Army’s second annual Souper Bowl serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Salvation Army is celebrating the Super Bowl with a Souper Bowl. The event serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit and is centered around, you guessed it, soup. Attendees pay $5, choose […]

Official: Salvation Army totals ‘better than expected’

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer The Salvation Army wrapped up the year “better than expected” according to Maj. Tammy Ray. “Overall, we did really well,” Ray said. “The needs were met.” Ray said the Angel Tree ministry was able to help 766 children from all 241 families who asked for assistance. The Salvation Army […]

Empty stocking fund still short of goal

The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the mail is delivered […]