Film shows Navy SEAL’s dedication

It’s not too often that an action movie moves grown men to the sniffles but I’ll wager “Act of Valor” had lots of big tough guys wiping tears away in the dark. I mostly missed the reviews before the movie’s opening weekend but I did know that the producers broke the mold of action movie-making […]

Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

Marine receives Navy Cross for actions in Vietnam

USMC: Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Ned E. Seath on Feb. 11 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines: Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps WASHINGTON — Nearly 45 years after he saved almost […]

Vietnam veterans reunited after more than 40 years

lbuouh-lbuon81112reunion.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of […]

Vietnam veterans reunited

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of a phone call. […]

Air Force defeats Navy 14-6 in ground battle

By Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — In a game filled with flyovers, it was ground pounding that dominated as the Air Force Falcons sunk the Navy Midshipmen 14-6 on Oct. 2 at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons showed why they have the number one rushing […]

Navy veteran recounts service overseas

Courtesy photo Jim Warnica, second row, second from left, with his CIC unit after returning from Okinawa, Japan in 1946. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connectiosn staff writer Jim Warnica was enlisted in the Navy Reserve from 1944 to 1946. When were you born, and where? July 31, 1926 in Clovis. We lived in Portales, but […]

Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Stability worth more than riches

A recent CNJ article about living in the Depression brought back memories of my grandfather, Karl D. Williams. He was a metallurgical engineer and division director with the Navy Department in Washington who began his 38-year government career in 1911. By the mid-1920s he was well known for his work with various alloys used in […]

U.S. resident’s imprisonment endangers rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided this month to review the case of Ali Saleh Khalah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who was apprehended by the federal government and held for more than five years in a Navy brig. He stands accused of being an al-Qaida operative. A three-judge panel of 4th […]

Navy holds off Air Force Falcons

USAF photo: Mike Kaplan U.S. Air Force Academy wide receiver Ty Paffett runs for yardage during the Falcons Oct. 4 loss to the Navy Midshipmen, 33-27, at the Academy in Colorado. Air Force News Service U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force came up short on Oct. 4 in their quest to reclaim the […]

Fighting terror doesn’t give Bush universal power

By Freedom New Mexico One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and […]

Veteran profiles

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bill Marks joined the Air Force in 1952 when he was 19 years old. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He said joining the military was a way for him to travel. Originally from Minnesota, March was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and has lived in […]

Nov. 5, 1944

Curry County youths Robert Stephen Hockenhull, Bill James Riggan and Paul Randol Call were inducted into the Navy. … The Clovis Floral Co., 501 E. Fifth St., claimed “It Isn’t a Date Without a Corsage” in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A Marlow, Okla., visitor in Clovis was arrested for drunkenness and was released after […]

Aug. 8, 2007 Military Digest

Purcell Navy Seaman Christopher D. Purcell recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., according to a Navy news release. He is the son of Peggy A. and Ricky D. Purcell of Tucumcari. He is a 1999 graduate of Grady High School and 2004 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. […]

Roadside bombs remain top threat in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: Military Update AL FAW PALACE, BAGHDAD — His voice is as flat and unemotional as one might hope to hear from someone trained to disarm and dispose of bombs. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Hamaker, 31, is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with EOD Mobile Unit 8, out of U.S. […]

Navy’s role in terrorism war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Hero welcomed home

1166851273-RAW-Navy-guy-web.jpg

Navy Seaman Apprentice John Martinez, right, was welcomed home Friday by family and friends to spend the holidays. (Freedom Newspapers: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols […]

Service a family affair

1163216661-11-11-vet-Michael-Wilson-1.jpg

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson spends time with his father, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Don Wilson, in the family yard in Clovis. Freedom Newspapers: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael […]