Military plot twists show bureaucracy’s problems

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 disturbing. […]

Navy’s role in terror 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 […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan fighting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Army officials said. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to […]

Comparing the training ground to the battle ground

Freedom Newspapers When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon as the home for expansion, one of the factors named for the choice was the similarity in terrain between eastern New Mexico and the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. Special Ops will begin the transition to the […]

Flags to be half-staff

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson today issued an executive order directing that flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Damian Garza. Garza was killed Aug. 4 when his vehicle crashed into a river near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt sorrow and gratitude go out to […]

Ranger killed in war

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Staff and wire reports Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near […]

Army Ranger from Odessa killed in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near Jalalabad. It […]

Military provides help for soldiers severely injured in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Service members and veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired two new initiatives to help them and their families through difficult times. The first is a call center, with its title and phone number hard to memorize but worth the effort: The Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations […]