Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Service a family affair

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson cuts a dashing figure. Wilson, a former Clovis resident, has served in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. At 41, not only is he a dedicated sailor, but a husband, father […]

Recruiting moves away from schools and to summer leagues

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When Portales senior Morgan Hill received a letter from Navy in August, she didn’t think much of it. “You get a zillion letters (from colleges),” she said. Later on, a phone call let her know that it wasn’t just any letter. “After we talked a couple of times,” Hill said, […]

Hill to sign with Navy

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With the expectations on her and the Portales High basketball team she plays for, there is a good chance one month from now that basketball practice will be the hardest work Morgan Hill does all day as a Portales High senior. A year from now, basketball practice might be the […]

Community leader, base supporter receives award

Randy Harris, Clovis banker and member of Clovis Committee of Fifty, Ernest “Doc” Stewart, Lt. Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command vice commander and Barret Stewart, grandson of Doc Stewart gather round as Mr. Stewart Melanie Salazar When Ernest “Doc” Stewart saw Cannon in the 50s, the base looked a little different. “The officers lived […]

Sept. 4 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. World War II profiles are compiled by staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com […]

Veteran Profiles, Sept. 2

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Marshall Vinson Date of Birth: March 17, 1924 Dates of service: April 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Motley County, near Matador, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: Europe, Italy Branch: Army Rank: Pvt. 1st class Unit and specialty: 10th Mountain Division, Mule Packer After discharge: Motley County […]

Commissioners keep some bases open despite Pentagon’s wishes

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first of at least two days of meetings, the base-closing panel […]

Navy’s top admiral to testify at BRAC hearing on Oceana

The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

6/19 Life Story

Barnett was encouraging as a leader By Laurie Stone PNT Correspondent Clarence Barnett dedicated his life to civil service. He was a quiet leader that encouraged others to stive beyond what they thought they could accomplish for themselves. According to family members, he led by example as he taught his family and friends the importance […]

Base closure recommendation list

The Associated Press Alabama: Abbott U.S. Army Reserve Center, Tuskegee Anderson U.S. Army Reserve Center, Troy Armed Forces Reserve Center, Mobile BG William P. Screws U.S. Army Reserve Center, Montgomery Fort Ganey Army National Guard Reserve Center, Mobile Fort Hanna Army National Guard Reserve Center, Birmingham Gary U.S. Army Reserve Center, Enterprise Navy Recruiting District […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]

N.M. skies host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mch Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]