Film shows Navy SEAL’s dedication

It’s not too often that an action movie moves grown men to the sniffles but I’ll wager “Act of Valor” had lots of big tough guys wiping tears away in the dark. I mostly missed the reviews before the movie’s opening weekend but I did know that the producers broke the mold of action movie-making […]

Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

Marine receives Navy Cross for actions in Vietnam

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USMC: Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Ned E. Seath on Feb. 11 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines: Defense Media Activity – Marine Corps WASHINGTON — Nearly 45 years after he saved almost […]

Vietnam veterans reunited

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of a phone call. […]

Air Force defeats Navy 14-6 in ground battle

By Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — In a game filled with flyovers, it was ground pounding that dominated as the Air Force Falcons sunk the Navy Midshipmen 14-6 on Oct. 2 at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons showed why they have the number one rushing […]

Navy veteran recounts service overseas

Courtesy photo Jim Warnica, second row, second from left, with his CIC unit after returning from Okinawa, Japan in 1946. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connectiosn staff writer Jim Warnica was enlisted in the Navy Reserve from 1944 to 1946. When were you born, and where? July 31, 1926 in Clovis. We lived in Portales, but […]

Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

Military feature: Portales woman served on Navy destroyer

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales woman who works at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post served aboard a ship bombing Baghdad and traveled around the world during her time in the U.S. Navy. Christine Scharle, a Socorro native, was in the Navy from 2000-2004, and said it was a good experience. […]

Portales Past: April 23, 1945

April 23, 1945: Roosevelt County mourned the death of Navy veteran Fred Barr of Floyd. Barr, who earned stars from 10 major battles, was killed “in the service of his country and was buried at sea with full military honors,” according to a telegram received by his parents.

Base youth prepares for lead role in Navy, Air Force youth conference play

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A local girl is walking “a pathway to my dream” as she prepares for the lead role in a play to be performed in front of 600 people. Patricia Romero, the 14-year-old daughter of Cannon Air Force Base Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, is portraying Robin Hood […]

Nov. 7, 1965

Navy Lt. j.g. Jack D. Woodul of Portales received the Air Medal aboard the U.S.S. Independence in the China Sea.

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Portales’ Morgan Hill helps Navy to 16-15 mark

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Winning was a way of life for Morgan Hill and Portales High School. With the 6-foot-1 Hill on board, Portales went 81-28 in four seasons and claimed state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Hill also was a member of two Portales volleyball champions. The challenges are greater at Navy, which just posted its first […]

Navy holds off Air Force Falcons

USAF photo: Mike Kaplan U.S. Air Force Academy wide receiver Ty Paffett runs for yardage during the Falcons Oct. 4 loss to the Navy Midshipmen, 33-27, at the Academy in Colorado. Air Force News Service U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force came up short on Oct. 4 in their quest to reclaim the […]

Oct. 1, 2008 Military Digest

Navy Ball VFW Post 3280 will be celebrating the U.S. Navy Birthday Ball at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at VFW Post 3280, 200 W. Grand Ave. Cost is $25 per person and $40 per couple. A dinner choice of steak or chicken is available. Information: Vernon Luce. 693-5433.

Blair honored for service to veterans, city

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Karl Terry Service to country was instilled in Joe Blair as a teenager aboard a warship in the U.S. Navy. That service didn’t rust after he was discharged — it just got sharper and more focused. Blair, who was born in 1925 in Portales, was recognized by the Portales City Council and a full house […]

City to honor Joe Blair

PNT Staff Report A community reception will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building to honor Joe Blair. Blair is being honored for his many contributions to the community, according to a news release. He was born and raised in Portales. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and […]

Defense officials looking for rental relief for Gates

By Tom Philpott Robert M. Gates is the first secretary of defense to live in military housing, an old but spacious 19th century home in a secure Navy compound in the District of Columbia. Gates also could be the last defense chief to live there, practical as it is, unless Congress amends a law that […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]