Their view: Colorado Springs welcomes Army brigade

This editorial on supporting the military was first published in the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette.

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready […]

Portales past: March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944: The Portales Daily News: The base commandant of Clovis Army Air Base presented to Rayford Young, 15, and Charles K. Young, 12, of White Star Route of Portales the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to their father, Staff Sgt. Frank Young, a tail gunner for a B-24, reported missing in action.

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Empty Stocking donations list

Freedom New Mexico The Salvation Army’s most successful Christmas campaign in the last five years collected $52,034 between Red Kettles and Empty Stocking Funds. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Empty Stocking donations this year totaled $9,843. The following is a list of Empty Stocking donators furnished by […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last five years. Between Red Kettles and the Empty Stocking Funds, $52,034 was raised this year. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Maj. Jim Gallop, who came to Clovis from Las […]

Job takes Portales man to Middle East

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bob Johnston, left, and British Reconnaissance Officer Andy Recouski, retired, worked together in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Being a general contractor never meant looking around every corner or learning to sleep through bombings until Portales resident Bob Johnston decided to take his job international. After seven years in the Army and 28 […]

Community rallies to replace stolen supplies for U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan

Dianne Parker: Courtesy photo Portales teachers Sara Meeks, left, and Brooke Cordova handle supplies the Portales community donated to soldiers in Afghanistan. The contributions filled 94 boxes. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico For the sake of soldiers they had never met, Portales community members collected enough personal supplies to fill 94 boxes, plus about […]

Local Salvation Army chapter starts red kettle drive

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Clarence Plank The Salvation Army Service Extension and churches of Roosevelt County are working together to help people in need across Roosevelt County. “This was the first weekend for our bell ringers,” Central Christian Church Pastor Dave McVey said Friday. He is the bell ringer coordinator and money administrator. “There is a bell ringer at […]

Portales past: Aug. 7, 1945

Aug. 7, 1945: The Army announced that confirmed casualties of the Korean War through Aug. 6 totaled 2,616. A spokesman said 153 were killed, 1,590 were wounded in action and 873 were missing.

Veteran recalls Vietnam service

John Seifert Clarence Plank John Seifert was drafted into the Army in March 1969, then shipped to Vietnam for two years. Sgt. Seifert was an infantry man and lead a group of six to 10 men near the end of his tour. “I guess when I got drafted it was a situation I just knew […]

Friday morning briefing: Free retreat and Arnie’s Army

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Band plays on Don’t forget the annual Clovis Community Band Concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park. Talking trash A reminder the window is closing today on completing a City of Clovis

Portales past: June 21, 1945

June 21, 1945: Pvt. Edward E. Estep was visiting family in Rogers after his rescue from a German Army camp. Estep told The Portales Daily News reported Estep was a prisoner for 43 days. “He got along with the Germans pretty well … but food was scarce,” the newspaper reported.

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

Widows being compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Retiring soldier recalls experiences

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Thanks to his military career, a native Texico resident has seen the Berlin Wall come down, met with the president of an African nation and helped set up the interim Iraqi government after Saddam Hussein lost power. Lt. Col. Arthur Salguero has spent more than 20 years total in the […]

Salvation Army pleased with holiday donations

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico The Salvation Army wrapped up the year “better than expected” according to Maj. Tammy Ray. “Overall, we did really well,” Ray said. “The needs were met.” Ray said the Angel Tree ministry was able to help 766 children from all 241 families who asked for assistance. The Salvation Army […]

Empty stocking fund raises $7,558

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the […]

Salvation Army gifted with gold, for second time

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silver coins that someone deposited in one of their kettles Friday. The coins may have an estimated value of about $10,000.00. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure […]

Salvation Army receives more gold donations

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone — whether they put anything in the Salvation Army kettle or just walk on by. “I’m a people person,” Mendoza said. “I like interacting with the people.” But she […]