Deficient G.I. Bill shorts reservist

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Officials: Cannon personnel dip little threat to economy

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An impending personnel dip at Cannon Air Force Base carries little economic threat, according to officials. Drawdown of assets and personnel at Cannon will coincide with the establishment of the base’s new mission, buffering the effects of the dip, according to Air Force officials. The Air Force 16th Special […]

Hurlburt officials to tour Clovis and Portales

By Tonya Garner and Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The state of New Mexico and the communities of eastern […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Residents meet Special Ops crew

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. Resting an arm against the seat he sits in to pilot the AC-130U gunship, he tries to demystify the aircraft — its snaking wires, its multiple […]

Cannon to have more people, quieter planes

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers When the new tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing — arrive, the face of Clovis will alter, according to an administrator at Hurlburt Field, a Florida Panhandle installation where the wing and Air Force Special Operations Command are housed. “There will […]

Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]

Special Operations coming to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission to save Cannon Air Force Base has been accomplished. Cannon will soon become home to the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced this morning. The base is expected to expand in aircraft, and possibly in personnel, within the next two years, officials announced […]

Gossett seeks re-election as sheriff

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Editor’s note: Tom Gossett is running against Darren Hooker for the Republican nomination for Roosevelt County Sheriff in the June 6 primary. Tom Gossett Age: 61 Wife: Sue Background: Has been in law enforcement since 1968. Served in the Navy from 1961 to 1967. Served as a police officer for the Clovis Police Department from […]

County meeting watch

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Highlights from Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting: • Commissioner Tom Clark requested any changes to the county personnel policy be brought before the commission for approval. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin sent out an e-mail asking if anyone working for the county would volunteer to be on a committee a […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

Cannon supporters unfazed by GAO report

By Marlena Hartz A report recently submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission provides a peek into the 2005 Department of Defense BRAC process. The in-depth analysis, however, left local base supporters generally unfazed. Ret. Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the report, generated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reflects information previously presented at […]

Cannon says goodbye to squadron

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies with Cannon Air Force Base. That relationship is coming to an end next month. On July 6, the 428th Singaporean Fighter Squadron will be deactivated. “The decision to move was made by the Republic of […]

BRAC could affect volunteers

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Joyce Davis’ letter underscoring the impact of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico is currently on a postal trail to the Pentagon. In particular, the coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Curry and Roosevelt Counties wanted to point out the volunteer efforts of base personnel in the community […]

Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]

Cannon prepares for large deployment

Freedom Newspapers About 350 Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday will deploy to Nevada for three weeks of training exercises, the largest deployment so far this year. Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, said pilots and support personnel from the 522nd and 524th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the “Red Flag” […]

Aug. 11 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Transitions Birthdays August 14-20: Tasha Burton, Jake Peterson, Noel Rippie, Travis Husted, Magin Mclain, Nita Thurman and Valerie Diaz. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Crosthwait, Mr. and Mrs. David Craig, Mr. and Mrs. David Graves and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward. Breakfast The men’s monthly breakfast will be held at the Baptist […]

Aug. 11 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays August 14-20: Tasha Burton, Jake Peterson, Noel Rippie, Travis Husted, Magin Mclain, Nita Thurman and Valerie Diaz. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Crosthwait, Mr. and Mrs. David Craig, Mr. and Mrs. David Graves and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward. Breakfast The men’s monthly breakfast will be held at the Baptist […]

School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]