Climate confab ends with little harm done

Freedom New Mexico The 17th worldwide conference intended to whip 190-plus nations into a fighting mood to combat global warming concluded in Durban, South Africa, this week, thankfully, without doing much harm. Global warming true believers spin the United Nations event as a success for extending for five years the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement to […]

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.

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

Bacteria study could help combat digestive problems, disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University microbiology master’s student Jody Floyd finishes extracting DNA from the bacteria that causes cholera. ENMU researchers are seeking to learn more about how the dangerous and less-dangerous versions of the bacteria metabolize sugars differently in order to find better ways to fight cholera. Argen Duncan The […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Letter to the Editor: Next step is to combat sun’s effects

Next step is to combat sun’s effects I have come to a new awareness that we really have global warming, and nowI know what is the singular most significant major contributor to this climatic change. As a result, I have a quick and fairly simple solution to this warming catastrophe. On a few recent days, […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

Colleges prepared to combat H1N1 flu

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University is working to prepare students for the upcoming flu season and possible H1N1 with a small kit. It contains a mask, handy wipes and disposable thermometer. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local campuses are taking the threat of H1N1 flu (swine flu) seriously. Eastern New […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Officials working to combat speeding in school zones

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer School and city officials are working together to research the cost of radar signs in school zones. The radar signs, which will flash at drivers and display a vehicle’s speed, run between $3,000 and $5,000 each, city officials said. Gene Bieker of Clovis Municipal Schools said school officials are […]

Disabled, retired pay concurrent

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve […]

Commander: Special ops combat flying missions to begin in June

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Courtesy photo The AC-130 aircraft is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base next summer, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy. He said support staff for the aircraft will start arriving in the fall. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions […]

Nov. 14 Military Digest

Lucio Army Pvt. Luis A. Lucio has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Dora Lucio of Clovis. Lucio is a 2006 graduate of Portales High School.

Women don’t belong in combat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered West Point, bringing the number of female cadets to 225, which is 17 percent of the class. This is […]

AFSOC displays aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tech Seargent Aaron Brown explained how the CV-22 Osprey operates to James Carter of Clovis at the Cannon Air Force Base static display on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Capt. Mike Holding stood before an aircraft that looked as if it came out of a science fiction movie. […]

Special tactics squadron coming to Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott, a retired Air Force brigadier general, left, and Military Base Planning Commission Vice Chairman Randy Harris briefed the New Mexico Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter […]

Military Digest: Holt

Army Reserve Pvt. Jason N. Holt has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Rex Holt of Clovis, and a 2001 graduate of Clovis Christian School. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the […]

AFSOC considering overseas transfer

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Military Digest: Cristan

Army Pvt. Joseph J. Cristan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Priscilla Ortega and brother of Mellisa Wiseman, both of Clovis. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, […]