Sweet Home New Mexico: Remembering fallen hero

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Mark Forester A few columns back, I mentioned a family friend of ours that was an Air Force combat controller who was killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations in September 2010. The country needs to know of its many fallen heroes. Today, you will learn about one. Senior Airman Mark […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

lliq9e-lliq28521memorialdayweb.jpg

Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

Fallen Marine’s family adopts his best friend

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III Brady Rusk, 12, hugs Eli, a bomb-sniffing military working dog, during a retirement and adoption ceremony on Feb. 3 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The labrador retriever was assigned to Brady’s older brother, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk who was killed Dec. 5 in Afghanistan by Taliban sniper […]

TAPS mentors support families of fallen

American Forces Press Service By Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON — The day Scott Warner saw Marines standing at his front door, his world came to a crashing halt. The servicemembers told Warner that his son, Marine Pvt. Heath Warner, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province. Warner and his family, including his […]

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]

Commission requests state name bridge for fallen soldier

Courtesy photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after a […]

National memorial effort seeks photos of fallen Vietnam soldiers

kroknt-1018vetsphotos.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

Military feature: Fallen Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

kniucr-729lloydsmith.jpg

Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she […]

Gold Star plates new way to honor fallen family members

kkzx2n-610boblucykassin.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bob and Lucy Kassin of Clovis proudly display a picture of their son Robert Kassin and a gold star banner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bob and Lucy Kassin will never forget their son Robert. In a few months, they’ll have a way to share his memory with the […]

Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered […]

Remembering sacrifices

kk7t8k-memdaygraveside.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Darlene Pacheco spends a tearful moment at her husband’s grave Monday after the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. She said Bobby Pacheco, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran who served in the Navy and Army, died of a heart attack in 2 By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff […]

Lowered gas prices keep mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

Residents honor fallen

k1i51b-527memorialday20081.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard members renders a salute during Monday’s Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Gardens. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Betty Grissom said it was her husband’s request to be buried in Clovis. Grissom’s husband of 44 years, Thomas, was buried two years ago at […]

Memorial Day time to honor fallen heroes

Freedom New Mexico Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died […]

21st Special Tactics Squadron remembers fallen comrad

By 1st Lt. Amy Cooper, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — It was standing room only at a memorial service held here March 26 honoring a combat controller recently killed in Afghanistan.

Airmen honor fallen heroes

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno Vietnam veteran Rudy Garcia looks at names on the Traveling Wall at Clovis High School this week. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen were privileged to view a testament to veterans’ service March 13 to 19 as the American Veterans Traveling […]

Memories of war

With the traveling memorial to fallen soldiers in town this week, we asked readers if they had memories of Vietnam they’d like to share. Check out the emotional responses on the editor’s Web log: http://fallingwithstyle.freedomblogging.com/ • • • The player of the week, honored for leaving a Web site comment that enlightens, inspires or just […]

Best friends honored

The remains of Ben, Aron, Macco and Roy, military working dogs who died earlier this year, rest on a table in remembrance of their duty during a memorial ceremony on April 17. Airman Elliott Sprehe They are the oft-forgotten heroes of the military, serving the same mission, at times, in the same capacity as their […]