Sweet Home New Mexico: Remembering fallen hero

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Mark Forester A few columns back, I mentioned a family friend of ours that was an Air Force combat controller who was killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations in September 2010. The country needs to know of its many fallen heroes. Today, you will learn about one. Senior Airman Mark […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

Fallen Marine’s family adopts his best friend

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USAF: Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III Brady Rusk, 12, hugs Eli, a bomb-sniffing military working dog, during a retirement and adoption ceremony on Feb. 3 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The labrador retriever was assigned to Brady’s older brother, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk who was killed Dec. 5 in Afghanistan by Taliban sniper […]

TAPS mentors support families of fallen

American Forces Press Service By Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON — The day Scott Warner saw Marines standing at his front door, his world came to a crashing halt. The servicemembers told Warner that his son, Marine Pvt. Heath Warner, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province. Warner and his family, including his […]

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]

Residents honor fallen soldiers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales residents remembered the fallen Monday. The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the local American Legion post held separate Memorial Day ceremonies at the Portales Cemetery. The UDC ceremony began with the dedication of a headstone for Confederate veteran George W. Wood. “We are grateful for the records […]

Commission requests state name bridge for fallen soldier

Courtesy photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after a […]

National memorial effort seeks photos of fallen Vietnam soldiers

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” died in Vietnam, the pain of the loss still hasn’t faded for Rada Winkles of Clovis. But Winkles is still willing to share memories of her oldest boy. And, that’s exactly what organizers of the “National Call For Photos” […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]

Gold Star plates new way to honor fallen family members

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bob and Lucy Kassin will never forget their son Robert. In a few months, they’ll have a way to share his memory with the world. The Kassins, who have been in Clovis since 1990, are awaiting New Mexico’s new gold star family license plate, created to honor surviving members […]

Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered […]

Low gas prices help keep world mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

Google enjoying financial freedoms while snubbing vets

Editorial Picture a thankless child, disrespecting his parents amid the trappings of a holiday gift orgy they provided. The spoiled brat could symbolize Google billionaires, who seem unappreciative of the opportunities afforded them by American military might. Each year, last week included, they snub fallen American service men and women by ignoring Memorial Day in […]

Editorial: Take a moment to remember on Memorial Day

Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died for us. They […]

21st Special Tactics Squadron remembers fallen comrad

By 1st Lt. Amy Cooper, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — It was standing room only at a memorial service held here March 26 honoring a combat controller recently killed in Afghanistan.

Airmen honor fallen heroes

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Liliana Moreno Vietnam veteran Rudy Garcia looks at names on the Traveling Wall at Clovis High School this week. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen were privileged to view a testament to veterans’ service March 13 to 19 as the American Veterans Traveling […]

Memorial Day event slated

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Members of the American Legion Post 31 will honor fallen veterans and their families during the 61st annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday under the flagpole at the Portales Cemetery. The memorial service will last from 45 minutes to an hour, said post commander Joe Blair. “They (veterans) […]

Best friends honored

The remains of Ben, Aron, Macco and Roy, military working dogs who died earlier this year, rest on a table in remembrance of their duty during a memorial ceremony on April 17. Airman Elliott Sprehe They are the oft-forgotten heroes of the military, serving the same mission, at times, in the same capacity as their […]