Military increase may not be correct answer

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years –- 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional Marines, […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F” Household members: 8 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. S”

Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she is their son’s caretaker. […]

Empty stock — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is a single mother whose only source of income is selling burritos. She can barely afford to provide the basics for her family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8 […]

Dec. 5, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother who can barely make ends meet financially. She and her family recently experienced an electrical fire and have been staying with friends and relatives. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice present. Clothing needs: Girls […]

Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” has lupus and the family travels to Lubbock frequently for her to receive care. Her holiday hopes: To have nice presents for the children. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8. Boys pants size 6 to 7. Boys shoe size men’s 1. Girls […]

People in the News

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is a single mother who works hard to make ends meet. She has no extra income for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her children. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pant size 12. Girls shoe size 3. […]

Military trying to pinpoint ‘quality’ dropout

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

People helping people

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a disabled single mother who lives on a fixed income. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her daughter. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12 to 14. Girls winter coat size 12 to 14. Toys list: Bicycle The Empty Stocking […]

Nov. 25, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom Newspapers Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” just got custody of her grandchildren and times are a little hard right now for the family. Her holiday hopes: To have presents under the tree for her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Boys pants size 5, boys shirt size 5, boys […]

Annual Empty Stocking Fund drive kicks-off

Freedom Newspapers With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. Tammy […]

Skelton vows closer oversight of war, forces

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Greater congressional oversight of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more open discussions of rising recruiting and retention challenges are two likely outcomes of Democrats taking control in January. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who will chair the House Armed Services Committee, said wartime declines in recruit quality will be examined […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

National security should be top priority

Editorial Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the military’s ability […]

Age just a number for veterans group

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In 1947, Richard “Gene” Pershall of Clovis was infatuated with the military and wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 15, he pestered his father to let him join the Army Air Corps. Reluctantly, his father agreed and signed a consent form stating Pershall was […]

Unexpected is expected in military families

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columnist By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That […]

Church protesters should be ignored by community

Editorial Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro Baptist Church […]

Clovis resident killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died Friday from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release […]

Clovis remembers fallen soldier

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Their white gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by the members of the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard, sniffles and sobs perforated the otherwise silent sanctuary. In a quiet voice, a female […]