Purple Hearted: Clovis native killed in Iraq was serving his second tour.

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Leroy Segura Sr. hugs his niece, Alisha Segura, on Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. had already earned a Purple Heart when he returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty in July. Returning to the war-ravaged country just […]

Integrity today means an Air Force career tomorrow

Maj. James Rich Today’s Air Force continues to emphasize the whole person concept and foot stomps that what we do both on and off duty can affect the length and success of our military careers. It should be obvious to even the newest Airmen that on-duty actions heavily determine the speed of promotion, getting that […]

Spouse of the Year – ‘The total package’

Janet Taylor-Birkey Mary Roux is the winner of Cannon’s 2006 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year award. Col. Robert West, 27th Maintenance Group commander nominated her, asserting that Mrs. Roux is “the whole package — a master of every trade and inspiration.” Mrs. Roux is quick to say that while she received the […]

Robert “Bob” Lydick

Robert “Bob” Lydick Date of birth: Oct. 17, 1923 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Erie, Kan. Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: U.S. Navy Rank: Fire controlman second class Unit and specialty: USS St. Paul fire controlman Veterans organizations: VFW 3280 In his words: Bob Lydick left his job at a tool […]

Career certificates will walk the talk for you

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The Career Readiness Certificate is a portable skills credential that is easily and universally understood and valued by employers, educators and recipients in that it facilitates job placement, retention and advancement in today’s mobile society. These credentials describes exactly what the holder can do and supplements a high school diploma, […]

GI Bill holds inequities for Reserve, Guard

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Reserve and National Guard members mobilized for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are discovering an inequity in their GI Bill education benefits that needs to be fixed, says Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, senior Democrat on the House armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel. “It’s unconscionable how these young men and […]

Setting the example is a standard for all Airmen

Master Sgt. Brian Rogers Do you set the example or are you the one waiting until the very last moment to join the rest of the Air Force? The Air Force changes constantly and everyone is responsible to be aware of new policies and procedures. If you don’t grasp the changes you will find yourself […]

Assessment letter

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Airmen, spouses, reservists and reserve spouses at Cannon and Air Force bases worldwide will be randomly selected to participate in the 2006 Community Assessment Survey. A letter that includes a link to the Web-based survey will be sent to the work e-mail address of each active duty member selected […]

Chairman eyes steps to ‘modernize’ GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, wants active duty veterans to have more “flexibility” to use Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits. He also will consider making Reserve MGIB benefits “portable” so they can be used after reservists leave service. But Buyer hasn’t endorsed that second change, […]

Article 15 results

An airman first class from the 523rd Fighter Squadron received a reduction to airman and a reprimand for being incapacitated for duty due to consumption of alcohol and failure to go to his appointed place of duty. A staff sergeant from the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron received a suspended reduction to senior airman, forfeiture of […]

Defense bill aims to strengthen recruiting

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congress has passed a 2006 defense authorization bill that focuses its personnel initiatives on new and improved tools to strengthen recruiting and retention and to help reshape the current force. The final bill leaves behind a host of Senate-passed initiatives to enhance entitlements for military survivors, reservists and disabled retirees. […]

12/16 Local Roundup

Police lieutenant returns to duty A Clovis police lieutenant involved in a pedestrian fatality Monday night returned to work Wednesday after passing a mandatory drug test. Lt. Roger Grah was taken off duty following Monday’s accident pending the results of the drug test, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. It is city policy for […]

Career Job Reservation essential for retention

MSgt Gary Thurman The Career Job Reservation (CJR) program is one of the tools used to maintain force shaping. It is used to prevent surpluses and shortages of personnel in specific career fields in the Air Force. Headquarters for Air Force Personnel Command (AFPC) manages Air Force specialties by controlling first-term reenlistments in each specialty […]

Joe Burford

Sharna Johnson 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. Joe Burford Date of birth: Feb. 8, 1920 Dates of service: May 1942 to Dec. 1945 Hometown: Friona Theater and location of […]

All Airmen responsible for upholding, enforcing AF standards

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Have you ever seen an Airman standing in line with their hands in their pockets while in uniform? Have you ever been at the Dining Facility and noticed someone with their battle dress uniform shirt off while eating lunch? Have you ever heard someone’s car radio from clear across the parking […]

Blair’s plan sacrifices too much freedom

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist No one really wants to fault Tony Blair as he strives to address the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. After one round of deadly bombings and a second round of attempted ones just two weeks apart, everyone knows that his fears are not exactly a hallucination. In this case, most […]

Special duty team to visit Cannon

AETC Special Duty Assignment Team Have you ever been interested in becoming a recruiter, military training instructor, military training leader, technical training instructor, or professional military education instructor? If so, the Air Education and Training Command Special Duty Assignment (SDA) Team is offering the opportunity you have been seeking. The AETC team will host a […]

Potter Park pool could reopen as soon as Monday

CNJ staff The Potter Park pool could reopen as early as Monday, city officials said. However, opening the pool will be contingent on approval from the state Environment Department. “Right now I have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the Environment Department, and there’s a good chance they will approve our reopening of the pool […]

Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

Military death benefits need adjusting

By Tom Philpott : CNJ columnist Last February, a week after returning from his second, stress-filled tour in Iraq, Marine Lt. Col. Richard M. Wersel Jr., 43, had a fatal heart attack while lifting weights in a base gymnasium at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Had the decorated Marine died under identical circumstances in Iraq, his widow, […]