U.S. District Judge Robert Brack addresses veterans

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In an early kick-off to Veterans Day events veterans and members of the public gathered Saturday for a program honoring God, country and veterans at Southside Church of Christ with keynote speaker, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack of Las Cruces. The event followed the church’s mens’ breakfast and was […]

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 […]

Senate passes clear limits on military interrogation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nation’s capital in recent months was the 90-9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now it’s time for the House to do likewise. Setting clear, […]

ENMU professors explore freedom and rights at conference

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 130 people showed up at the Becky Sharp Auditorium on Tuesday evening on a quest for answers to the question, What is the price of freedom? Many of those in attendance were Eastern New Mexico University students who showed up to listen to communications professors talk about the […]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Sept. 21 Veterans’ Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers M.C. Kelly Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1918 Dates of service: 1942-1969 served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam Hometown: Bellville, Kansas Theater and location of service: Europe, based out of England Branch: Army Air Force Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and Specialty: Fighter pilot, 376 Squadron in the 361st […]

WASPs pioneered female aviation

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Tonight, at the 27th Fighter Wing Air Force Ball, we will pay tribute to a group of women pilots, who, during the early period of World War II, contributed to our aerial history when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) desperately needed pilots. These valiant women were known as Women […]

Sept. 4 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. World War II profiles are compiled by staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com […]

City employee receives overdue medals

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Years before Tom “Mack” Tucker was working for the city of Portales in its parks and recreational areas, he was fighting for the United States in Vietnam. More than 35 years after he finished five tours in Vietnam, Tucker was honored for his service with a Purple Heart and […]

World War II veteran profiles

Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of service: China, Burma and India, western Pacific Unit and specialty: 20th Air Force, B-29 flight engineer After discharge: El Paso, Texas Veteran organizations: American Legion, VFW Albuquerque Berkstaller said he was in the […]

Grandpa’s delusions create memories

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Before the days of retirement homes, my grandfather Opa lived with us a few years as part of an autumn quest in his life. He wanted to spend his remaining days with his five far-flung sons, one at a time. It was German tradition, he said. I didn’t mind, but my […]

Rekindle D-Day atmosphere for soldiers in harm’s way

Freedom Newspapers A savage enemy, a dark time of war, a need for hopes and prayers and a fight for liberty and security. While these were the feelings of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II, we could apply some of that atmosphere to modern times, with our soldiers in peril overseas. June 6, […]

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 […]

Memorial Day a time to remember, respect

As eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle reflect this Memorial Day upon the sacrifice made by those who died in the nation’s armed forces, finding a place in memory for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is in order. Just 10 days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office […]

Rural Nevada town clings to its patriotism and its targeted Army depot

By Martin Griffith: The Associated Press HAWTHORNE, Nev. — For more than 50 years, this struggling desert town that proudly calls itself “America’s Patriotic Home” has held what’s billed as the nation’s biggest Armed Forces Day parade. Some 3,500 people turned out earlier this month for the celebration, complete with water fights, a watermelon eating […]

Bush defends base closings, says money should be spent on war

The Associated Press By Jennifer Loven ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Speaking out for the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President Bush said Friday the nation is wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needs the money for the war on terrorism. Bush, who faces opposition from many states to shutting down […]

Local Brief

Veterans to place flags in cemetery on Saturday War veterans will be at the Portales City Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, placing flags on the gravesites of those who served in the military. Veterans are welcoming any Portales residents who want to help place flags. Tables will be placed at the Kilgore street entrance […]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

Panel seems generally receptive to Pentagon’s closure proposals

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A commission charged with reviewing the Pentagon’s proposal to close or downsize 62 major domestic military facilities sounded largely receptive as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testified Monday that the sweeping reorganization was vital to U.S. success in the war on terrorism. “The changes are essential in […]

Morgan honored with medal

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By Kevin Wilson Johnny Morgan celebrated his 88th birthday on Monday, but he’ll always go back to his 28th birthday. It was on that day — May 2, 1945 — that German armies in Italy surrendered in World War II. “It was a good birthday,” Morgan said with a smile. Morgan was honored for that […]