WWII infantryman inducted into Wall of Heroes

James Brazell receives a shadow box of his decorations earned during combat in World War II during his induction into the Wall of Heroes May 25 at the Airman Leadership School. Janet Taylor Birkey Perhaps one of the hallmarks of an infantryman who has seen battle, is his easy willingness to admit the fear he […]

Fakers while reprehensible, harm no one

Editorial: Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of […]

Wall of Heroes inductee recounts Korea’s ‘Frozen Chosin’

Retired Marine 1st Sgt. Robert Simmons, who was inducted into the Wall of Heroes April 14, recalls his experiences during his 20-year career in the military which included service in the Korean War. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Every structure requires a firm, steadfast foundation and each piece of that structure relies on the foundation to […]

Wall of Heroes honors first CMSAF

Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Airey was inducted into the Wall of Heroes on Jan. 27. Though unable to attend, a close friend, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #8 Sam Parish, represented Chief Airey at the ceremony. Airman Thomas Trower At 18 years of age, before the Air Force […]

Newest Wall of Heroes member began service at 16

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Dale Davis addresses the Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B Dec. 1. Mr. Davis, who began serving his country as a merchant marine at age 16, was inducted into the Wall of Heroes. Airman Thomas Trower Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B had the chance to honor another local hero on Dec. 1. […]

Local combat veteran honored on ALS Wall of Heroes

Col. (ret) Gabriel Bartholomew is presented with a shadow box by the Airman Leadership School students and members of the 27th Fighter Wing, friends and family. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon’s Airman Leadership School inducted another in a growing number of local combat veterans to its Wall of Heroes in a ceremony Oct. 28 at […]

ALS adds another to its Wall of Heroes

Senior Airman Ricardo Bonvincin, 522nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, Mr. Lee Roach, Mr. Roach’s wife Una Roach, Mr. Gary Hamilton, Mr. Allan Farkas, Senior Airman Thomas Trout, 27th Security Forces Squadron Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs In 1941 New Mexico, like many other states, was subject […]

Bataan survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

Make sure to honor heroes, whoever they are

By Kevin Robbins: Guest Columnist There is a common bond among all people in society: We all have our heroes. We incorporate a seemingly illogical bond on those we hold dear, and our expectations are always going to be higher than what can possibly be accomplished. Perhaps we expect too much, receive too little, and/or […]

CAFB honors Langston

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By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself a hero. That’s what he told a crowd Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. The Airman Leadership School at Cannon disagreed, though, and added him to its Wall of Heroes. Langston was the school’s guest of honor Monday morning, as he enjoyed […]

A true hero makes life better

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist America’s heroes are innumerable. Countless numbers have given their lives that you and I might enjoy the freedoms we have.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present war in Iraq and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

State made heroes out of violent criminals

Jim Lee Not too many Americans realize the capital of Latvia is Riga. Then again, not too many Americans give a rat’s left ear about the capital of Latvia. That’s why this week’s topic has absolutely nothing to do with Latvia, or Riga for that matter. Instead, I want to mention an anniversary from a […]