Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Military feature: Cannon spouse embraces Census position

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community college and moved to Clovis in January. She said being uprooted from Florida to New Mexico was a challenge for her, but her job with […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

Protests delay provider transition

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Transition to new managed-care support contractors for 6 million TRICARE beneficiaries across 30 states has been halted while the Government Accountability Office reviews protests filed by losing bidders. TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced last month that Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., won the contract competition and would be […]

Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. Leahy formally handed the reins to new commander Col. Stephen A. Clark during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the base. Leahy also received the Legion of Merit award for his work as commander of the […]

Donation spurs growth in single mother program

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A gift from a Portales couple could end up providing a transition home for struggling single mothers and their families. Through a gift annuity arrangement, Bill and Shirley Wahlman of Portales donated a complete six-apartment complex to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home last summer. The couple are both […]

Ribaudo: Football transition at Eastern going smoothly

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo believes the Greyhounds’ transition from a wishbone-style offense to a mainly one-back set won’t be that tough an adjustment for the team’s running backs. They figure to be prominent in the new scheme. “It’s a lot easier to run a (pass) […]

Company selected to head transition study

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

Officials update committee on Cannon’s upcoming transition

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing will include a special tactics squadron comprised of about 100 people, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott. Scott, the director of the Office of Military Planning and Support, updated members of the New […]

School days

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Wednesday not only marked the beginning of the month, but the beginning of back-to-school training for 11-year-old Christian Smith of Portales. That means no more late movie nights and lights out at 8:30 p.m. With only a little more than a week before area school bells ring, school counselors and […]

Air Force releases impact statement

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base prepares […]

Cannon transition underfunded

Freedom Newspapers The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s 2008 […]

Rams seek third consecutive title in District 4-3A

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos doesn’t believe his team has put together four complete quarters in any game this season. He believes if they do that tonight, they’ll win their third consecutive District 4-3A championship. Portales and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts split a pair of games […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]