Officials eliminate exception to short-tour credit

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved rescinding a temporary policy established in 2003 that allowed airmen to receive short-tour credit for overseas TDYs of at least 181 consecutive days. The effective date of the new […]

Community recovering after 17,000-acre grassfire

Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can be replaced. But no amount of money can bring life back to burned grassland. Grass is priceless to Britni Sherwood and her family, who are left with nothing but charred and blowing sand after a massive fire Sunday consumed all but a small area […]

Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of […]

What you need to know about the new travel card program

By 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron The Air Force is currently in the process of converting from the Government Travel Card (GTC) to a new Controlled Spend Account (CSA) travel card. According to Air Force officials, the new card will offer greater flexibility in meeting the cardholder’s travel needs. Characteristics of the new card will […]

Officials continue to consolidate personnel processes, actions

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force personnel officials here will be assuming some personnel actions from Air Education and Training Command bases over the next four months to help reduce workloads on base military personnel sections. Master Sgt. Joseph Smith, […]

Officials announce reduction-in-force eligibility criteria

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced they will convene a quality-based reduction-in-force board Sept. 19 for mid-grade officers as part of their measures to reduce the number of airmen to meet the service’s congressionally authorized military end-strength levels. Officials said retaining the highest […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Air Force officials identify Frankfurt Airport shooting deaths

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced March 4 the deaths of two airmen as a result of the March 2 shooting at Frankfurt International Airport, Germany. Killed were: Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden , 25, of Williamston, S.C., assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. […]

Joint Land Use committee puts decision on tall structures to officials

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

State OKs beer pong at bars

Sharna Johnson Beer pong tables can go back up in New Mexico bars, state officials said, so long as pride’s the only thing on the line. New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Director Gary Tomada said Monday his department has reviewed the game to see where it fits in with establishments licensed to serve alcohol. “It’s […]

Officials strive to strengthen, empower military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — From educational opportunities to spouse employment, Defense Department officials are expanding military family support programs to better meet families’ current needs, as well as to empower them for the challenges that lie ahead, the DoD official who oversees military family programs said Feb. 17. “It’s not […]

Water authority officials hoping for leftover funds

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives hope to get federal money left over from other projects at the end of the year since the Ute pipeline project wasn’t included in the president’s proposed budget. The utility authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. Regarding federal money, pipeline project manager Scott Verhines said […]

Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

U.S. needs to re-examine role in drug war

Freedom New Mexico Officials say the death of Jaime Zapata could lead to a reassessment of U.S. policy for its residents, particularly government employees, in Mexico. That’s probably little comfort to the families of dozens of U.S. citizens whose trips to Mexico have proved fatal, or David Hartley, a Texas resident who is presumed dead […]

Officials to conduct DOS rollback

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Feb. 2 plans to conduct an enlisted date of separation rollback as part of its ongoing measures to manage the force and maintain a quality enlisted corps. The DOS rollback affects enlisted members […]

Zoo officials: Giraffe died after fall

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Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe Jay the giraffe slipped on ice and fell, suffering a head injury. That injury followed by exposure to cold prompted a decision to euthanize him. The giraffe was found Saturday on the ground of his pen around 7:30 a.m. with a wound to his head that was, “bleeding profusely,” […]

Their view: Elected officials misrepresenting public

Elected officials misrepresenting public Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers his view on the lack of correlation between voting and public opinion. If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But […]

Air Force officials caution against geotags, location-based services

By Tech. Sgt. Karen Tomasik: Air Force Public Affairs Agency SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Social media offers many airmen another way to keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family, but users need to be aware of the risks associated with technical tools that help them share information, officials said Jan. 7. As more airmen […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]

Nurse commissioning program officials seek enlisted applicants

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are seeking active-duty enlisted airmen to apply for the fall 2011 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. The program offers enlisted members an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-need academic major. Air Force Personnel Center officials will […]