Injured soldier showing improvement

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are [...]

Shout outs— July 17

Veteran sends well wishes to relatives Born in Tucumcari in 1963, retired Senior Master Sgt. Dave Aragon spent most of his early years as a Clovis resident, attending Lincoln Jackson Elementary School, Marshall Junior High School, then Clovis High School, graduating with the Class of 1982. Dave enlisted and entered the active duty Air Force [...]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, [...]

Commission requests overpass be named for fallen soldier

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File 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: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after [...]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But [...]

Cannon airman recognized as outstanding airman of year

Freedom New Mexico Tech. Sgt. Marisol Lozada of Cannon Air Force Base was named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2009. Air Force officials selected the service’s top enlisted members July 2. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City, Texas [...]

Udall honors life of Army Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi, sacrifice of mother

U.S. Senator Tom Udall honored the life of First Army Sergeant Daniel Tallouzi today in a speech on the floor of the United States Senate. Sgt. Tallouzi suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, which left him in a coma, while serving in Baghdad in September, 2006. Udall first met Sgt. Tallouzi when he visited him at [...]

Winter driving key: Slow down

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MCT Photo New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said accident numbers increase significantly during the winter months when inclement weather hits. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require [...]

Overseas service members send holiday greetings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bess Kline admires a picture of her son Master Sgt. David Kline Thursday in her home. Kline was told of her son’s message but haven’t heard or seen it yet. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother [...]

Military confronts linguistic needs

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Army Sgt. Amy O’Keefe, a signal intelligence specialist, was frustrated while in Iraq in 2003 trying to tell local women they needed to be searched for weapons before they could enter Army health care clinics. “There would be people here or there who could speak enough English where we would [...]