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ENMU reaching out to troops Eastern New Mexico University students and employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been forgotten. Since the program began in 2008, ENMU delivered 37 packages to military memners. To include your loved one in […]

Ticket feature: Group of former soldiers singing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico A singing group made up of former soldiers raising awareness about the sacrifices troops are making in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to area as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. According to Wikipedia, 4TROOPS focuses on patriotic songs, often with special relationship to their life and service in the […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Their view: Let’s not linger in Afghanistan

The following op-ed co-authored by Sens. Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul first appeared in the New York Times.

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Their view: Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan

Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan Retired Army Capt. George Autobee, former director of Government Affairs for the of the American GI Forum, urges Congress not to forget about U.S. troops in Afghanistan: The war in Afghanistan barely registered as a blip on Election Day polls; only 10 percent of voters rated the war […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday […]

Supplies for soldiers sought

Freedom New Mexico City Councilor Dianne Parker is collecting personal supplies for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Parker said she’ll take donations at her office at Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building until 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Donors can also call her at 356-7000, extension 1006, to have items picked up. Parker’s nephew, A.J. Castinado of California, […]

GOP turning against war in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico The tipping point in public support for America’s war in Afghanistan may end up being a statement earlier this month by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. He blurted out that the war in Afghanistan was “a war of Obama’s choosing” and “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted […]

Osprey crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul […]

Obama administration should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. President Barack Obama has returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Local schools unaffected by GI Bill slowdown

Staff and wire reports Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Troops won’t help troubled Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and four straight days of intensive discussions with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry provided the pressure. The result was to convince the current and probably future President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, to agree to a runoff election Nov. […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]