Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Press release: Bingaman: President’s budget demonstrates strong support for N.M. air bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 lends strong support to New Mexico’s Air Force Bases. Overall, the budget invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. “President Obama’s budget proposal makes critical […]

Program implements language improvement initiatives

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USAF: Andy Morataya Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks at the Department of Defense Language and Culture Summit on Jan. 26 in Alexandria, Va. Schwartz told the audience that the best way the U.S. armed forces will achieve the necessary level of language skills and cultural competencies is through a holistic joint […]

New camouflage uniforms to be issued to deployers

By Tech. Sgt. Jess Harvey: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Airmen deploying to Afghanistan in 2011 will see a new uniform issued to them as part of their deployment gear beginning in March. While airmen have been faced with a slew of uniform changes in recent years, this new uniform is […]

Muleshoe’s Washington opts for Texas Tech

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Rick White Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington called an audible Wednesday, opting to sign a national letter of intent with Texas Tech. Washington, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end and quarterback at Muleshoe, orally committed to play at Oklahoma in the spring. “I had second thoughts about fitting in at OU,” said Washington, who started at defensive end […]

New approach to military family support unveiled

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — White House officials have released a report that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life. President Barack Obama announced the results of a nearly yearlong […]

Obama cites military successes in address

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In a State of the Union address marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation’s military as an example to follow. “Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their […]

TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]

Washington no stranger to whine, waste

Freedom New Mexico It’s difficult to take Washington seriously when politicians bemoan the federal deficit, whine about underfunded agencies and whimper about budget woes. It’s all the more galling when we’re reminded how Washington uses taxpayers’ money. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released, “The Wastebook 2010: A guide to some of the most wasteful government […]

Stop-loss application deadline extended

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The deadline for eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 4, Defense Department officials announced today. The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution bill that President Barack Obama signed Dec. 21, providing funding for federal […]

Cannon airman featured in ‘Portraits in Courage’ Vol. V

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The latest “Portraits in Courage” released Dec. 10 highlights 18 airmen who demonstrated bravery and heroism in the crucible of war as they repelled air and ground enemy fire, led convoys through perilous terrain and assisted injured comrades. The stories describe […]

Press Release: Delegation opposes VA plan to restrict care

WASHINGTON – Over the next two weeks, the Veterans Administration (VA) will hold a series of public meetings to unveil plans to discontinue contract care at nine VA access point clinics in northern New Mexico.

Children of deployed more likely to seek mental health care

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded. Findings also show that children of married couples — with the father as the servicemember […]

Medal of Honor awarded to soldier

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor today to the first living servicemember to receive the distinction for service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. During a White House ceremony, the commander in chief of what he called “the finest military that the world has […]

‘Real Warriors’ campaign works to save lives

By Christen N. McCluney: Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — Members of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury “Real Warriors” campaign are working to deliver the message that resources and tools are available for veterans seeking treatment for invisible wounds of war. “My mission through the Real Warriors […]

Destroyer commissioning honors MOH recipient

U.S. Navy photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Martin Cuaron The USS Jason Dunham enters its home port in Florida’s Port Everglades Harbor. The ship is named after Marine Corps Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. By Donna Miles: […]

Commentary: Even one suicide is too many

By Chief Master Sergeant James A. Roy: Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force WASHINGTON, D.C. — An alarming trend is happening in our Air Force, and we need your help. We’ve had a drastic increase this year in the number of suicides among our total force airmen — active duty, guard, reserve and civilians. […]

Online ballots can help overseas votes count

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven’t received an election ballot: get it online. With Nov. 2 midterm elections two weeks off, Illinois and New York recently joined the list […]