Honors —

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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

President’s Own marine band performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The President’s Own Marine Band will perform Saturday night at Marshall Middle School. The show is expected to include solos and full ensemble music. Sharna Johnson Saturday, local residents will have a rare opportunity to see the most distinguished of U.S. military bands perform a free concert at Marshall Middle School. The President’s […]

Cannon spouses start German club

Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, which is German for German Club, was started by Barbara Howery, the wife of an Air Force major stationed at CAFB. After coming to Clovis with her husband, Howery was […]

Cannon spouse wins lottery

CNJ staff report A Clovis homemaker and military spouse won $30,000 playing scratch off lottery’s Big Bingo Monday night. Darlene Greene told lottery officials she plans to use some of the money to pay off a car loan, according to a press release. Linda Hamlin, New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman, said Greene’s husband Wendell, stationed at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force […]

Clovis police investigating child death

CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl Sunday in a military housing unit. Police and medical personnel were dispatched to 4221 Lew Wallace Drive just before 10 a.m. for a report of an unconscious child who wasn’t breathing. Police Chief Steve Sanders said preliminary information indicates the child may have […]

Prep football scoreboard — Aug. 27

Clovis 40, Alamogordo 0 Las Vegas Robertson 41, Portales 6 Texico 14, Dexter 0 Fort Sumner 32, New Mexico Military 17 Melrose 50, Logan 36 Clovis Christian 47, Dora 0 Springer 46, Floyd 20 Texas Farwell 51, Morton 6 Bovina 54, Hale Center 6 Muleshoe 27, Shallowater 13

Honors — Aug. 15

Garica [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman Erica E. Garcia, daughter of Elvia Garcia of Portales, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]