Gates: Defense needs $540 billion

USAF graphic By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Congress must provide $540 billion to the Defense Department for fiscal 2011 or the department will be in danger of not being able to perform its mission, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Gates also said he will look at “all legal options” to shut […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Bill includes funds for Cannon

The Associated Press The 2011 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes millions of dollars in projects for Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, including an operations and training complex, a squadron operations facility, a new hangar and a new 96-room dormitory. The measure also authorizes funds for projects at New Mexico’s two other Air Force Bases, Holloman […]

Defense department makes small increase to housing allowance

Sharna Johnson New military housing allowance rates set to take effect Jan. 1 won’t offer much comfort to Cannon airmen struggling to meet their housing needs in Clovis. According to a new Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate chart released Wednesday by the Defense Department, airmen in Clovis will receive little to no increase in […]

Portales past: Nov. 19, 1942

Nov. 19, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Plans for the national observance of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 were made. Plans were being made by the Roosevelt County Defense Council to have a simulated air raid and blackout that night. Planes from the Roswell Air Base were secured for the “bombing.”

Family care plan change addresses child custody

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON A recent change in Defense Department policy highlights why servicemembers and deployable civilians, who also are custodial parents, may want to seek legal help in arranging their children’s care during deployment. DoD Instruction 1342.19, “Family Care Plans,” was revised in May to require such plans from servicemembers […]

Hounds’ defense garners rest

Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Saturday’s 49-31 Lone Star Conference North Division win over Central Oklahoma at Greyhound Stadium provided Eastern New Mexico University’s defense with something it hasn’t had often had this season — rest on the sidelines. The Greyhounds (3-3, 2-1 North), averaging around 23 minutes a game in time of possession, controlled […]

Hounds ride defense past WT

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s defense proved to be more than formidable on Friday against West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds got just enough offense to get the job done. ENMU’s “English connection” of sophomore midfielder Kal Herbert and freshman midfielder Andy Wilkinson worked a play off a penalty kick for the deciding goal […]

Ribaudo defends Hounds’ defense

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s offense continued to move the ball on Saturday at Angelo State. Even though the stats don’t reflect it, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo said the defense also played well in a last-minute, 41-38 Lone Star Conference crossover loss to the Rams. “It might not […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Last season, its second with a fast-paced spread offense, Eastern New Mexico University began to make the adjustment after years of running the triple option. This fall, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping to shore up a defense which, often having little time to catch its breath between series, […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

Defense Media Activity officials launch widget

By Navy Lt. Jennifer Cragg: Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Channel, the Defense’s Department’s broadcast vehicle for the latest Defense Department news, has unveiled its latest widget for podcasts. Available under the Widgets tab on Defense.gov, the widget allows users to receive the latest Defense Department podcasts on their own websites or social […]

PRMC receives DoD recognition

Cannon Connections staff Plains Regional Medical Center was one of 17 employers in the state nominated by New Mexico Guard and Reserve service members to receive the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom award, according to a news release. Nominated employers demonstrated support by providing continued benefits, differential pay and family assistance, the release […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Defense Department pauses spouse employment program

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials here have temporarily halted a popular employment assistance program for military spouses while it conducts a “top-to-bottom” review of its services, officials said Feb. 18. The My Spouse Career Advancement Account program, also known as MyCAA, offers military spouses opportunities to pursue portable […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]