Commentary: Rank of NCO carries great deal of responsibility

By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I am not convinced we are doing our best when it comes to non-commissioned officer leadership. I say “we” because, like all senior non-commissioned officers, I am an NCO at the core. Both the staff sergeant and tech sergeant chevrons reside within the master sergeant, […]

Meet the original Martha Stewart

By Jodi Stewart Guest columnist Martha Stewart represents home and hearth. She served her country in World War II as a commissioned Naval officer as part of the Nursing Corp. She’s famous for making lefse, a round Norwegian flatbread with a potato-based dough, baked on a griddle. Perhaps someone caught sight of her roller-skating on […]

Military feature: Support from the skies

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in the Air Force during World War II. He was commissioned to the Air Force Cadets Program and trained to fly C-47 aircraft troop and cargo carriers over Europe. Gamble is the father of Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble, who […]

Support from the skies

Courtesy of Rupert Gamble Rupert Gamble poses for a picture sitting in the cockpit of a PT-17 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 training biplane during his training for Aviation Cadets. Gamble flew re-supply missions during World War II and retired from the Air Force as a chief warrant officer. Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in […]

Officer brings battlefield experience

By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th Special Operations Public Affairs This October, an officer with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron will return to the Combat Control arena as a battle-tested Special Tactics Officer. After serving as an enlisted combat controller, 1st Lt. Gabriel Brown, 27th SOLRS fuels flight commander, completed his education and […]

Aug. 12, 1975

Children of non-commissioned officers at Kirtland Air Force Base visited Portales; guests of Farm Bureau and met with Mayor Mike Brown while spending three nights and two days at farms in the Portales area.