G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]

Hounds defense dominates at Green-Silver scrimmage

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As the saying goes, defense wins championships. For Eastern New Mexico University, it was more than enough to win a scrimmage. A veteran Greyhound defense showed experience mattered as it ran up a 42-3 halftime lead, and settled for a 57-51 win in the team’s Green-Silver Scrimmage after a […]

Gates: Health care needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ prescription for what ails the military health care system includes replacing aging hospitals, and raising TRICARE fees for working-age retirees, which Congress has kept frozen since 1995. “Health care is eating the (Defense) Department alive,” Gates told officers attending the Air War College on Maxwell-Gunter Air […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In proposing a major reshaping of defense spending even before the White House has processed the proposals and added its stamp of hopeful approval to the blueprint, Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that it will be difficult “to make tough choices about specific systems and defense priorities based solely on the national […]

Electronic records not up to par

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Department of Defense’s $4 billion electronic health record system, AHLTA, is so unreliable and difficult to use that military physicians list it among their top three reasons for leaving service. That fact came to light during a House armed services subcommittee hearing last week in which senior medical officers […]

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Local grocers ran a combined ad in the Portales Daily News informing customers of the Office of Defense Transportation’s new regulations limiting the number of days each retail store would be allowed to deliver. Tuesdays and Saturdays were the new delivery days.

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Defense bill includes Cannon funding

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Troops would get a pay raise in a defense bill that Congress sent President Bush on Saturday. Even before passage, lawmakers had backed away from an election-season showdown with the administration over Iraq. Legislation approved by a voice vote in the Senate would increase pay by 3.9 percent, extend […]

Congress approves defense bill

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for […]

Hound soccer defense a team strength

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Even though he’s inheriting a team from previous coach Carlos Elizondo, Eastern New Mexico University’s Harold Munoz isn’t exactly coming into the season blind. The Greyhounds open their season on Friday, beginning a five-match homestand against St. Edward’s. Munoz, a former ENMU men’s graduate assistant under Elizondo, knows his […]