Climate confab ends with little harm done

Freedom New Mexico The 17th worldwide conference intended to whip 190-plus nations into a fighting mood to combat global warming concluded in Durban, South Africa, this week, thankfully, without doing much harm. Global warming true believers spin the United Nations event as a success for extending for five years the 1997 Kyoto Protocol agreement to […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

Portales past: Sept. 4, 1945 Portales Daily News: Lt. Jack R. Spence of Portales piloted a carrier-based Avenger torpedo bomber on 60 combat sorties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa before returning to the United States on leave.

Sept. 4, 1945 Portales Daily News: Lt. Jack R. Spence of Portales piloted a carrier-based Avenger torpedo bomber on 60 combat sorties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa before returning to the United States on leave.

Better ways to combat terrorism than war

Freedom Newspapers Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Wounded gain lifelong advocates

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist About 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them. These “FRCs” are still few in number.

Rules relaxed for combat-related disability

By Tom New groups of disabled retirees will be able this year to draw Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) or higher amounts of Concurrent Retired Disability Payments (CRDP) under legislation passed in January. Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials explained in an interview how they are implementing the changes. Again it will involve DFAS and the […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

Honors: Robert Turner

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while […]

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Defense bill sets aside $9 million for Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a defense policy bill that would offer more help to troops returning from combat and set conditions on contractors and pricey weapons programs. The bill will make approximately $9 million available to Cannon Air Force Base and also sets funding for the Waste Isolation […]

Women don’t belong in combat

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. That first year, 119 young women enrolled at West Point, and the proportion of women has slowly but steadily grown. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered […]

Women don’t belong in combat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered West Point, bringing the number of female cadets to 225, which is 17 percent of the class. This is […]

New aircraft specialize in stealth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Capt. Mike Holding stood before an aircraft that looked as if it came out of a science fiction movie. The aircraft has the best of both worlds, he explained, because it can hover like a helicopter but can fly twice as fast. “This is the neatest thing, nothing else […]

Special Operations: MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130 Gunship

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MC-130W Combat Spear The MC-130W Combat Spear flies in “direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and USSOCOM contingencies,” according to the Armed Forces Special Operations Web site. The aircraft participates in “infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S and allied special operations forces,” according the the AFSOC Web site. Flying primarily at night […]

Special Operations eyeing more for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]