Air Force leaders issue 9/11 message

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the airmen of the U.S. Air Force: Sept. 11, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that […]

Press release: Bingaman talks fuels tax, president’s address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a variety of issues. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman090711m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman comments on Obama’s decision to delay EPA regulations on smog standards. 03:02 – Bingaman says the Congress […]

Financial services return to local centers

By Staff Sgt. Richard A. Williams Jr.: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — The processing of military pay transactions will move from the Air Force Financial Service Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to base-level financial services offices beginning in August. The return of military pay transactions to local level is a part […]

Clovis awarded law enforcement grant

WASHINGTON — Communities around New Mexico, including Clovis, have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at reducing and preventing crime. Grants totaled more than $350,000, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. “Local governments are having a difficult time making ends meet,” Bingaman said. “These federal grants […]

Earthquake rattles D.C., east coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at […]

Housing plan didn’t benefit Cannon

Those of us who lived in Washington were amused at what we called the “Washington Monument Syndrome.” When budget cuts were threatened, we were told “we will have to close the Washington Monument.” No one threatened to close an obscure park in North Dakota; always the Washington Monument. Clovis is doing the same with its […]

FAA fight halted for now

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — With tens of thousands of jobs and more than $1 billion on the line, Senate Democrats gave way Friday to a power play by House Republicans in order to end a partial two-week shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Operations at Clovis Municipal Airport, including a runway extension project, […]

Obama signs debt ceiling bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later. Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea […]

Press release: Bingaman talks debt compromise

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the debt ceiling compromised that Congress is expected to vote on today. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman080111m.mp3

Command streamlines moves during busy season

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials are working hard to continually improve processes for military families moving to new duty stations during an exceptionally busy summer, the command’s personal property branch chief said July 25. Major points of emphasis […]

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

DoD: Spc. David M. Sharp President Barack Obama places the Medal of Honor around the neck of Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry July 12 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the country’s highest military honor […]

Press release: Udall talks natural gas, debt limit

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bipartisan bill he plans to introduce this week that will make it easier for independent producers to sell natural gas as vehicle fuel. He also answered questions on the debt limit discussions in Congress and highlighted the heroism of Army Ranger Leroy […]

Press release: Bingaman talks debt negotiations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the ongoing debt negotiations. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman071111m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman gives a brief overview of the Energy Committee’s scheduled for the week. 02:27 – Bingaman comments on […]

VA issues first payments to caregivers

American Forces Press Services WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs officials will send out more than $430,000 in stipend payments in July to nearly 200 family caregivers of veterans. These family caregivers were the first to complete their caregiver training under the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers. The first payments to 96 recipients […]

Air Force to enhance travel orders for deployment

By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve customer support and expedite travel voucher payments, Air Force financial management leaders will mandate standardized use of the Defense Travel System for contingency, exercise and deployment travel, officials said. The change will be mostly transparent to the traveler, […]

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Udall Discusses Bill to Expand Federal Contracting for Small Businesses, War in Afghanistan and His Proposal to Treat PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about a bill he plans to introduce that will expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. He also gave his thoughts on Afghanistan ahead of the President’s announcement on Wednesday regarding troop reductions. In addition he previewed […]

Press release: Bingaman talks Medicare bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about a bill he is cosponsoring that would require prescription drug manufacturers to offer discounts to low-income patients receiving their medications through Medicare. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman062011m.mp3 00:00 – […]

Press release: Bingaman talks education bills

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters several bills he has introduced aimed at reforming America’s public schools by both raising academic standards and helping students achieve them. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman061311m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks […]

New Mexico native will receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army photo Army Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry, now serving as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga., will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on July 12. Army News Service WASHINGTON — An Army Ranger, who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds […]