Wednesday morning briefing: Vet’s breakfast, a first kiss and birth of the Marines

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Free breakfast Baxter-Curren Senior Center is hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast.The event is 8 a.m. today at the senior center located at 908 Hickory Street. Guest plates are $3. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Information: 769-7908 Question of […]

Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

Exercise highlights wireless communications

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, is briefed during the Joint Lightning communications exercise July 15. Wurster visited the base during the second annual AFSOC communications exercise that took place July 12-25. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg 27th SOW […]

Thousands honor Bataan POW march

USAF photo: Greg Allen The 19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range paid tribute to the men who died and those who By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs More than 4,400 airmen, soldiers, marines, sailors and civilians participated in this year’s annual Bataan Memorial Death […]

Protesters should thank troops for freedom

Anita Doberman The City Council in Berkeley California, often home to anti-war protests and activities, has recently decided that it no longer welcomes Marine recruiters. As reported by a CNN on Feb. 8, the city council approved a measure that urged recruiters to leave town, stressing that they were not welcome and offering its full […]

Afghan stability will take more than occupation force

The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the last few days a […]

Atomic History

By Tom Berg: Freedom News Service Surviving ground zero: Two Marines, one from Jacksonville, N.C., absorbed the blast. But could they withstand the fallout 50 years later? HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – It was 50 years ago this month the two men defied death in the Nevada desert. One hour before dawn, the young Marines were […]

Heroism earns former Marine ‘Wall of Heroes’ induction

Thomas Trower The Cannon Airman Leadership School’s Hall of Heroes has recently received a new member to add to its ranks. This was the first time the event was held in the newly named Hall of Heroes room at The Landing. Retired Cpl. Frederick Madera was inducted on Aug.14 at 11 a.m. by ALS Class […]

Wall of Heroes inductee recounts Korea’s ‘Frozen Chosin’

Retired Marine 1st Sgt. Robert Simmons, who was inducted into the Wall of Heroes April 14, recalls his experiences during his 20-year career in the military which included service in the Korean War. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Every structure requires a firm, steadfast foundation and each piece of that structure relies on the foundation to […]