Group collecting supplies for military personnel

CNJ staff The 73rd SOS Wombat Wives Group is collecting personal supplies for wounded servicemen and women starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Clovis. Donated supplies will be part of Soldiers’ Angels First Response Backpacks for patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kleber outpatient barracks, according to information from the […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

Panjshir PRT unites airmen, soldiers

By Staff Sgt. Zachary Wilson: AFCENT Combat Camera Team FORWARD OPERATING BASE LION, Afghanistan — A team of nearly 80 individuals, including 25 airmen and 12 soldiers, come together to perform a critical mission in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Province. All of the servicemembers come from different walks of life, but now come together to help the […]

Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq. Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to […]

MLK celebrant has seen plenty of changes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Selmus J. Price, left, president of the Clovis chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, leads marchers on 14th Street during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. march. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff wtiter Segregation was the law when Ira Pottard grew up in Clovis in the 1930s. And […]

N.M. guard, reserve to demonstrate skills

CNJ Staff New Mexico National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with local Navy and Marine reservists, will conduct a demonstration Saturday for more than 60 current and potential state employers. The event is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. at the Melrose Bombing Range. The event will include a demonstration of F-16 close air support, a parachute […]

Local group collects cell phones for soldiers

Eastern New Mexico University student Jennifer Hunter, left, and Wesley Foundation interim director John Lowry-King look over some of the used cell phones donated locally for the national nonprofit program, “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Used cell phones By Janet Bresenham Local group collects cell phones for soldiers The chance to call home and hear the […]

Rumble of respect

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident and Vietnam Veteran Larry Franklin participates in the Ride of Honor Sunday at the Traveling Wall Memorial at Clovis High School. Riders guided their motorcycles along the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica to pay their respects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A procession of more than 100 motorcycles […]

Donations make Balad hospital more comfortable

Liliana Castillo/Cannon Connections Vicky Johnson, left, Heidi Killion, middle, her daugher Emma, 5, and Diana Plehn sort through donations Wednesday collected from Cannon Air Force Base for Balad in Iraq. By Karl Terry, Cannon Connections People in eastern New Mexico are helping make someone’s life in a hospital in northern Iraq a little more comfortable […]

Veterans deserve our respect

Anita Doberman Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, he decided […]

Veterans deserve respect, thanks

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, […]

Volunteers fight to keep history alive

Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, who was […]

Spinning tragedy into opportunity a pathetic play

By Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly […]

Military draft would undermine liberty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Congressman Charles Rangel plans to introduce legislation calling for reinstatement of the military draft. He says, “There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft […]

Soldiers welcomed home

CNJ STAFF A parade and ceremony are being held today in Rio Rancho to welcome soldiers returning to New Mexico from Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Washington, D.C., according to a press release from the New Mexico National Guard. The parade begins a 2 p.m. at the Sports Complex on High Resort, followed by the ceremony […]

Military families must expect unexpected

By Tom Philpott: Military update By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That […]

Justice must be served to wrongdoers

By Freedom Newspapers It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed […]

Community unites over loss

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Leroy Segura Sr. and Sandra Segura await the start of services for their son, Army Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr., on Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Clovis. Segura was killed in a vehicle accident Aug. 4 in Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six soldiers serving as pallbearers stood at attention Monday […]

Church protestors have no place in community

By Freedom Newspapers Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro […]

CCC legislative team makes big gains

Letters to the Editor As a member of the Board of Trustees for Clovis Community College, I would like to thank and congratulate Becky Rowley and Tom Drake for their superb leadership in our legislative efforts. With Rowley’s many articulate presentations at various legislative committees and Drake’s one-on-one visits with legislators, this was our most […]