New Mexico native will receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army photo Army Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry, now serving as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga., will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on July 12. Army News Service WASHINGTON — An Army Ranger, who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

DOD makes progress in civilian hiring reform

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Until recently, applying for a civilian job at the Defense Department was an exercise in navigating through a byzantine federal hiring process and amassing thick application packets, with applicants sometimes waiting up to a year for any word on their applications. Pasquale M. Tamburrino Jr., the […]

Inside the raid that killed bin Laden

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen. The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was […]

‘Multiple methods’ used to ID bin Laden

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After the firefight that killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. used “multiple methods” to positively identify his remains, according to a senior Pentagon official who personally saw a photograph of the corpse. The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, declined to […]

In one stroke, a new Obama national security team

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Barack Obama announced a major remake of his national security team Thursday aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a perilous time. His own re-election approaching, Obama turned to a cast of familiar and respected officials for the most sweeping […]

In one stroke, a new Obama national security team

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Barack Obama announced a major remake of his national security team Thursday aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a perilous time. His own re-election approaching, Obama turned to a cast of familiar and respected officials for the most sweeping […]

Officer voluntary separation pay results announced

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced updates April 20 to voluntary separation pay approvals and reduction-in-force targets as part of the fiscal 2011 force management program for officers. “Later this week, commanders will begin notifying approximately 300 officers that their requests to separate under the voluntary separation pay program have been […]

Show seeks military families for home makeover

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are seeking people involved in the military whose home deserves an extreme makeover. The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” a press release said. […]

Troops will receive full mid-month pay Friday

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, Pentagon officials said. “Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. “It […]

Changes to Air Force leave program take effect

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The changes to Air Force Instruction 36-3003 on Military Leave include revised rules for determining the first and last day of chargeable leave, emergency leave requests, permissive temporary duty and educational leave of absence, said officials. The leave rule for determining the first and last day of chargeable leave […]

Some troops qualify for extended tax deadline

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members serving outside of the United States — including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan — will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year, officials said. This extension is in addition to the nation’s already extended deadline. Due to Emancipation Day, a […]

Young adults eligible for TRICARE enrollment

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Qualified young adults up to age 26 soon will be able purchase TRICARE military health plan coverage on a month-to-month basis. TRICARE officials announced plans to roll out the new Young Adult Program — including an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1 — in […]

DoD celebrates Month of the Military Child

By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout the month of April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said. Each April, Americans pause to recognize the nation’s 1.8 million military […]

Realignments add to busy summer moving season

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With a busier-than-usual military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are asking service members to book their moving dates early and to keep flexibility in mind when doing so. The military moved more than 230,000 shipments last summer alone, and this year officials […]

DoD to drop Social Security numbers from ID cards

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DoD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said. Criminals […]

Press release: NM senators want military paid if government shutdown happens

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown.

2010 Military Spouse of the Year lauded for website creation

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Lori Bell, the 2010 Military Spouse of the Year, recently spoke about earning the award and the National Association of Military Moms and Spouses website she created to help spouses connect and support each other while surviving the challenges of military family life. She said the […]

Press release: Bingaman Aide To Hold Office Hours in Clovis and Portales

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that a representative from his Roswell office will be available on Friday, April 1st in Clovis and Portales to help residents in the area with issues or concerns with federal government agencies. “Office hours give area residents a chance to meet with a representative from my office […]

Tax laws benefit troops, families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said. Due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized by the District of Columbia, […]