Hometown hero: Greene

By CNJ Staff Air Force Master Sgt. David N. Greene has deployed to an overseas forward-operating location to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Jeffrey and Pearl Greene of Clovis. The master sergeant graduated in […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. […]

Kassin remembered in Louisiana service

By The Associated Press FORT POLK, La. — Family members wearing T-shirts with pictures on the backs of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who had ties to Clovis attended a memorial service for him at Fort Polk’s main chapel. Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, was serving as part of Task Force Warrior in the southern […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]

Laurence Choate

Sharna Johnson Drafted, Choate says he knew it was coming, “I figured anytime.” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Date of birth: Feb. 18, 1915 Dates of service: Oct. 1941 […]

High school, other campuses on alert after shooting

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Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton, right, tells Bessie Green, left, clarifies a rumor being spread about a shooting Friday at Clovis High School. Clovis Police officer Clay Cullison is at center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis teen arrested in connection with a homicide investigation was carrying a […]

Aging gracefully: First Baptist Church in Texico was built 100 years ago this month

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Texico Baptist Youth Minister Seth Ellsworth plays the guitar as he leads the youth group in worship Wednesday at the church. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Marie Wall of Bellview drives almost 45 miles every Sunday to attend services at the First Baptist Church in Texico. All week she […]

One of Cannon’s first airmen now a 62-year Clovis resident

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Clovis resident Len Santi was one of the first airmen to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in the 1940s. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Like many Clovis residents, Len Santi came to town with the Air Force. In fact, he was one of the first 150 […]

Military Digest 5/3

Walters Army Pvt. Tim L. Walters has arrived at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., to complete the track vehicle mechanic advanced individual training course. Walters is a 1999 graduate of Clovis High School Ship dropped two bombs in Fallujah Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Beau T. Altman, whose wife, Jaelynn, is the daughter of Malinda […]