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  • Saturday ceremony celebrates MIA vets

    10/10/2014 7:04:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    The cremains of more than a dozen destitute veterans will be placed in a columbarium at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery on Saturday. The public is invited to attend the event to honor those who served the nation during a Missing in America Project ceremony. The cremains will travel from Tuscon and be met at RC City, north of Huachuca City by cyclists with the Patriot Guard and other service-oriented organizations to be escorted to the cemetery. The formal service will begin at 1 p.m.
  • Hot topics on the ballot in Sierra Vista. Early voting starts Thursday for General Election

    10/08/2014 10:45:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — With early voting starting Thursday, now is the time to bone up on the local issues that will be decided at the ballot box during the Nov. 4 General Election. For Sierra Vista voters, with no city candidates facing runoffs, it really is all about issues. Three ballot questions, to include two hot topics, will be posed to city voters this year. A citizens’ initiative seeking to ban the use of photo enforcement cameras within the city limits has garnered the most attention recently, with the initiative’s organizer placing several large signs around town. King’s Court isn’t...
  • Tropical storms boost monsoon rainfall. Sierra Vista nudges past record monsoon total

    10/01/2014 6:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — Pelted by the remnants of not one, but two tropical storms in September, Cochise County ended a wet summer with gusto, making it a banner monsoon for rainfall totals. After receiving just over an inch of rain from moisture tied to Tropical Storm Norbert, Sierra Vista saw more than 3 inches within a day when the remnants of Tropical Storm Odile took a beeline through Cochise County. These deluges helped nudge Sierra Vista’s monsoon total to 15.09 inches, as measured at the fire station on Fry Boulevard, making it the wettest monsoon in the National Weather Service...
  • County supervisors declare state of emergency

    09/26/2014 6:40:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    BISBEE — At a special meeting held Wednesday, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors declared a State of Local Emergency in the county, which includes municipalities. Supervisors Pat Call, Ann English and Richard Searle agreed that due to the heavy flooding caused by last week’s rains, which resulted in extensive damage and flooding to public facilities, roadways and infrastructure, it is in the best interest of the county and cities to declare an emergency. “The flooding has resulted in a condition of extreme peril to the public health and safety of its citizens,” states the resolution the supervisors adopted at...
  • Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive kicks off. Detachment also sponsors Honor Flights

    09/23/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The annual Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Drive has begun. The event kicked off Saturday with the awarding of raffle prizes drawn on Sept. 13 during the Sierra Vista Oktoberfest. The prizes were officially presented at the Toys for Tots headquarters in Sierra Vista, while at the same time a recent participant in the Honor Flight program — Ralph Graves — made an appearance. It was an early Christmas for sister and brother Liberty West, 9, and Lincoln West, 5, winning a special 360 degree racer stunt bike and for 9-year-old Annamae Buhr, the recipient of...
  • More rain causes road problems, hotel closed in Bisbee

    09/23/2014 1:29:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    BISBEE – Some parts of Bisbee received more heavy rainfall Saturday and Sunday nights which caused mudslides, rock slides and flood damage to homes, buildings and streets. Andy Haratyk, Bisbee streets operation manager, said his department is doing the best it can to maintain access to homes on damaged roads. Haratyk said two roads have been closed to traffic. “I only have one person with me on streets right now,” Haratyk said Monday. “We have only two. One is away on vacation.” Brewery Road is still closed after the Sept. 18 rain and more debris and rock came down from...
  • Steady downpour closes roads; river floods. Some parts of county record 6 inches of rain

    09/20/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Thursday’s slow-moving storm dropped as much as 6 inches of rain during a 24-hour period on parts of Cochise County, according to the National Weather Service. The steady rainfall began Wednesday afternoon and continued throughout most of the county on Thursday, gradually increasing the flow of the San Pedro River and creating flooding conditions that closed roads, including portions of Highway 92 east of Palominas Road. Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carol Capas said some property damage was caused by the slow-moving weather front, with two women being rescued from a house in Portal early Thursday morning....
  • Training brigade moving to fort. Army reserve unit brings 72 positions

    09/16/2014 6:57:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA — A training brigade currently based in Providence, R.I., will be relocated to Fort Huachuca with an execution date of Oct. 16. The Headquarters, 1st Brigade (Military Intelligence) 100th Training Division (Operational Support) will transfer 72 positions to the post in Sierra Vista, Tanja Linton, spokeswoman for the fort media office said Monday. Fifty-eight of those positions will be part-time reservists who will be at the fort one weekend a month for drills and two weeks a year for annual training. The 1st MI BDE trains both active and reserve soldiers in several military intelligence occupational skills. The...
  • Projects at fort entry sure to impact traffic. Construction will span months at the Ea Gate.

    09/11/2014 1:18:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A much needed traffic project at the post’s East Gate will begin Monday, which will impact traffic flow and cause delays, Fort Spokeswoman Tanja Linton said. The project will last into next year with work coming to a stop in November, as winter temperatures delay the repairs, she said. Starting Monday, two lanes will be open for inbound traffic, which means drivers will be rerouted through the outbound lanes. During that time, traffic will be inbound from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Linton said. From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. outbound traffic will have...
  • Local scouts get a new look. Scouts of Troop 444 go through a group head shaving

    09/08/2014 10:35:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — It was standing room only at Regis hair salon Wednesday evening, with a line that stretched out the door. More than 20 Troop 444 Boy Scouts, along with scout masters, friends and family members, crowded the salon located in the Mall at Sierra Vista for a group head shaving. They were doing it in a show of support for Assistant Scoutmaster Janet Thompson who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. And they were doing it for cancer awareness. All smiles, 12-year-old Dakota Pierce was one of the first in the group to climb onto the stylist’s chair...
  • COMMENTARY: Stopping job cuts at Fort Huachuca

    09/02/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Cochise County and our surrounding region could be losing up to 2,700 jobs unless we change leadership in Congress. The Department of the Army was forced by the Budget Control Act to draft a proposal for massive budget cuts — including a maximum cut of 2,700 positions at Fort Huachuca plus potential cuts in contractors. If these cuts go through, they will have a disastrous impact on our community. Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in Cochise County and a key part of the Sierra Vista economy. The Fort has the biggest economic impact of any base in the state,...
  • Help in configuring FR

    08/25/2014 12:46:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    May I have some advice on how to set it up to show more than the Article Headline on there forum grouse page.
  • Sheriff warns of phone scam

    08/16/2014 9:32:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Residents are urged to be cautious after a local business reported being contacted by a suspected con artist seeking money for an alleged overdue electric bill. The business owner reported being called from a phone line with an 850 area code, originating out of the Florida Panhandle, when a man on the other line said they had only 30 minutes to pay or their electricity would be shut off, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CARREIRA: The odds of Fort Huachuca losing 2,700 jobs

    08/11/2014 7:42:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Now that the dust has settled and we know a little more about the prospect of Fort Huachuca losing 2,700 jobs, let’s look at the probability of that happening. As we now know, the 2,700 is part of the larger Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment, which considers huge reductions at nearly every installation due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (including its sequestration provisions). We also know Army decision-makers haven’t yet decided where cuts will be made or whether Fort Huachuca will be affected at all. We know the numbers considered (such as the 2,700 at Fort Huachuca) are...
  • Fort night missions start Monday

    08/09/2014 9:05:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA — The post will conduct a nighttime training exercise with low-flying aircraft from 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Wednesday, announced Public Affairs Officer Angela Camara. Each evening will consist of helicopters transiting the Mustang Mountains near Whetstone, and crossing the post with activity between the South Range and Libby Army Airfield. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our neighbors,” said Garrison Commander Col. Thomas A. Boone, “Our ability to conduct these training missions in support of the National Defense Strategy keeps our soldiers trained for operations in every corner of the globe and keeps...
  • Contaminated well threatens 2,000 residents. E.Coli levels prompt warning to boil water

    08/09/2014 8:59:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Up to 2,000 people living just outside the southeast edge of Sierra Vista have had their water contaminated by E. coli, the utility management company for the affected area announced Friday. Customers of the Eastslope Water Company are advised to boil their water for at least a minute before drinking it, said Keith Dojaquez, vice president and operations manager for Southwestern Utility Management, Inc., a Tucson-based company that manages the affected area as well as dozens of other water companies across the state. The motor to the contaminated well is out of service and needs to be...
  • Fort Huachuca gates not connected to FBI database

    08/08/2014 8:26:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — This morning, special FBI checks of vehicles entering the post were supposed to start, but the fort’s Public Affairs Officer Angela Camara said it will not happen. “At this time only the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency can connect to the Defense Manpower Data Center’s Identity Matching Engine for Statistics and Analysis,” she told the Herald/Review on Thursday. There are plans in the near future to implement, if not the same, a similar system on the fort to connect to the FBI’s criminal database to show if an arrest, felony or outstanding warrant involving...
  • Morrison's promotion a family affair. Ceremony celebrates new new-star general

    08/05/2014 4:45:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — About four months ago John B. Morrison Jr., arrived on this southern Arizona Army post wearing the one-star of a brigadier general. Monday morning he was stripped of his one star and it was replaced by the two-stars of a major general, the authorized rank for the leader of the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command on the fort. Of Morrison, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, said to a person that much is given, ”much is expected.” Cardon added Morrison’s promotion falls into the giving and expecting categories. “I fully expect to see this from this leader,” said...
  • The price of history

    08/02/2014 9:36:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Historic building, or deteriorating structure that long ago outlived its usefulness? The continuing saga of the Mountain View Officers Club on Fort Huachuca appears headed toward an answer to that query, with an open house scheduled for Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Murr Community Center. The gathering will be less like a hearing, and more like an opportunity to gather information on what is being considered for Building 66050. Instead of a formal meeting, several “stations” will be set up where people can get answers to their questions and make comments. Local and state organizations are outspoken on...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: How ‘Choice Card’ and $15 billion will help vets get care

    08/02/2014 9:29:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Veterans reading only headlines, hearing only sound bites, might have a few misconceptions about how Congress and the VA plan to use non-VA health care providers to ensure more timely and convenient access to care. A magical sounding item called a “Veteran’s Choice Card,” for example, won’t be a limitless credit card given qualified veterans to cover whatever health services they receive from whatever physician they use. And veterans not already enrolled in VA health care won’t gain accelerated access to outside care as promised by the legislation — unless they serve in areas of combat operations within five years...
  • COMMENTARY: Driving the future of warfare, at Ft Huachuca.

    07/28/2014 12:49:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    I am writing to urge continued support for our Fort Huachuca base. Southern Arizona, with its particular climate and geography, is uniquely fit to house certain critical military operations. And the thousands of highly qualified, talented personnel, both civilian and military, who have made Cochise County their home, stand at the ready to drive our modern warfare capabilities. As a long-time leader in electronic warfare technology and the home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, and numerous other Commands, Fort Huachuca should continue to define the cutting edge of cyber-security warfare. There is no question that this segment...
  • Legacy proposes vets' home for old hospital. Meeting w/officials draws praise from state official

    07/28/2014 12:39:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — As the new Sierra Vista Health Care Center is getting closer to completion, what will happen to the half century old existing hospital is being contemplated. The not-for-profit Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, the successor to the former hospital board, is looking at gifting the 90,000-square-foot hospital to the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (ADVS) as a Veterans Home and Assistance Center. The foundation may even donate money to help in the renovation.
  • Monsoon brings rabies threat. Three animals with virus recovered in county this year

    07/27/2014 8:47:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — While rabies is a virus that affects wild animals year-round, animal and human interactions tend to rise during the monsoon, leading local health and safety officials to remind residents of the proper steps to take to prevent possible exposure to the virus. Confirmed cases of human infection with rabies are very rare in Cochise County, with no such cases on record dating back several years, said Brian Oertel, communicable disease surveillance specialist for the Cochise County Health and Human Services. There have been instances in which people who have been bitten by animals suspected of being rabid...
  • On being a Christian in the 21st century . . .

    07/26/2014 9:55:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    With the last Christian being driven out of Mosul, Afghanistan, by the vengeful ISIS sect this week, and innumerable other incidents of discrimination against Christians in Africa, Asia and even the Americas plaguing the planet, one wonders if being a Christian is worthwhile? Wouldn’t it be better to be nothing than to be tracked down and slaughtered as has happened to Christians recently in Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, India and Pakistan? The answer is a decided, NO! While respect for Christianity has diminished in large measure due to pedofile clergy, immoral televangelists and other scoundrels occupying some prominent pulpits, the Gospel...
  • SSVEC warns businesses of recent scam

    07/26/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative is warning local businesses to be aware of a scam, after two Sierra Vista companies recently reported receiving phone calls demanding payments to prevent their electricity from being shut off. The businesses were both contacted within a week of each other and after normal business hours, while SSVEC does not disconnect accounts outside of those hours, said Wayne Crane, public relations coordinator for SSVEC. When called, the businesses were asked to submit payment to a third party and not the utility co-op. “This money never reaches the cooperative and therefore is never...
  • Floral thefts from veterans' cemetery

    07/24/2014 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Artificial flowers and flags are being pulled at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It’s not that they are prohibited, it’s that they are being pilfered and Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson cannot fathom why people are stealing them from in-ground burial sites. Apparently the thefts happened Saturday night and it wasn’t until a woman let Larson know on Monday that the artificial flowers from her loved one’s grave were taken, noting they were not there on Sunday. “We’ve had a number of other complaints this week about the stealing of artificial flowers and flags, but no real...
  • 2700 jobs lost at the Fort ... the real story

    07/22/2014 8:02:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    <p>You may have heard talk recently of Fort Huachuca potentially losing 2,700 jobs. There's a lot of confusion and some misinformation floating around on exactly what that means. I'll try to clear some of that up.</p> <p>Perhaps most importantly, this isn't just about Fort Huachuca. Rather, the potential loss of 2,700 jobs (actually, 2,739, which includes 1,726 permanent party soldiers and 1,013 Army civilians) is part of the larger Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment. The realignment considers huge force reductions at 30 installations Army-wide between 2015 and 2020.</p>
  • COMMENTARY: Fighting back for Fort Huachuca

    07/15/2014 9:34:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Submitted by Second District Congressman Ron Barber For 137 years — for 3˝ decades before Arizona was a state and 80 years before Sierra Vista was a city — Fort Huachuca has secured our nation’s Southwestern flank. But now the fort faces a new type of threat — a threat from within our own nation. The harmful requirements of sequestration, the irresponsible across-the-board budget cuts passed by Congress in 2011, are forcing the U.S. Army to consider slashing the size of its active-duty force to levels not seen since before Pearl Harbor was attacked. This makes no sense and I...
  • Flooding, damage reported after Friday storm. Fort main gate closed, ...

    07/13/2014 10:22:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — More thunderstorm activity which could release heavy amounts of rain is predicted to continue, according to a federal meteorologist.. Friday’s storm created the need to call out additional Sierra Vista Police officers, because of the need to establish traffic control at intersections where traffic lights went out, said Officer Jock Russell. Additionally, there was a criminal incident being investigated which involved the transportation of marijuana during the storm, he said Saturday. “We were slammed, we had to call in extra officers,” Russell said. On Saturday, calls were still coming in of damage to include trees down, power...
  • Deluge!Downpour prompts weather warning, extensive flooding

    07/12/2014 6:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:06pm | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Friday night’s rain prompted a flash flood warning for Sierra Vista from the National Weather Service until 9:15 p.m., while police reported several flooded roads and intersections throughout the city’s west end. Sierra Vista Cpl. Bobby Essary was out among the storm when he reported that Wilcox Drive was “like a river,” and that both that road and 7th Street were nearly impassable to traffic. There were also reports of flooding along the Highway 90 Bypass up to Buffalo Soldier Trail, though beyond the flooding there had been no reports of people in danger, except for one...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: TRICARE to restore coverage for up to 40 generic lab tests

    07/12/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    The Defense Health Agency, relying on medical laboratory experts and existing authority to conduct medical “demonstrations,” will restore TRICARE coverage this month for up to 40 genetic tests used in patient care. Many of these laboratory-developed tests — also called molecular pathology tests — are viewed as medically necessary. But TRICARE had stopped reimbursing for more than 100 such tests in January 2013, believing it lacked authority to pay for them when such tests are ordered by civilian physicians delivering care through TRICARE provider networks Military treatment facilities have continued to order and pay for such tests routinely, which created...
  • Special honors accorded late human intelligence officer

    06/28/2014 3:32:19 PM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACUCA — Friday’s induction of the late Army Col. Kurush Bharucha-Reid into the Military Intelligence Corps of Hall of Fame was one of two special recognitions given to him. An award, established this year, recognizing honor graduates of the Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence has been established and the first five recipients have been named — Capt. Robert Hammond, Capt. Todd Miguel, 1st Lt. Janie D’Amato, Staff Sgt. Eric Hack and Spc. Mark Phelps — as winners of the Col. KB Reid HUMINT Award for the Special Operations Course and the Defense Advanced Tradecraft Course. Col. Kurush...
  • West Point captain named Weinstein winner. Widow of award namesake made honoray member to MI Corp

    06/28/2014 3:28:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — At least it wasn’t a life-size replica of the sphinx, which sits out the Intelligence Center of Excellence headquarters building. Rather, it’s a small model which Capt. Chad R. Lorenz was presented at a Friday luncheon during the day’s Military Intelligence Hall of Fame events. He was named this year’s winner of the Lt. Gen. Sidney T. Weinstein Award, at which the general’s widow, Pauline, and several of their children and grandchildren attended. Earlier, the general’s widow had been inducted as an Honorary Member of the MI Corps. Speaking at the luncheon was retired Army Col.Daniel F....
  • Flyover marks command change for 111th. Monnard ends two years at fort, Wilkinson takes charge

    06/28/2014 3:24:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was an unusual start to a change-of-command ceremony Friday morning when an Army RC-12 aircraft flew over Chaffee Parade Field to begin the ceremonial transfer of the leadership of the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, as soldiers stood on the field. The twin-engine flying intelligence platform, on which pilots and crews train as part of the 111th’s mission, signified the hand-over of the brigade from Col. Mike Monnard to Col. Kevin Wilkinson. Saying it is “a time-honored tradition of passing the unit colors and recognizing the accomplishments of one commander and welcoming another,” Maj. Gen. Robert P....
  • Inductees join a 'Company of Heroes'. Ceremony adds eight to the Hall of Fame roll

    06/28/2014 3:19:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A special company of heroes was increased Friday with the induction of eight members to the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. Looking out over the audience in Fitch Auditorium, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., said present members of the MI Hall of Fame and those who were about to be inducted reminds him of the closing interview with Maj. Dick Winters in the “Band of Brothers” TV series, of about 45 seconds during which Winters recalls a question from a grandson. The question was whether Winters was a hero during World War II to which he...
  • Public comment on fort reduction sought. Plan calls for 2,700 soldier, civilian cut

    06/27/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — With a 60-day public comment period underway, the U.S. Army is looking for feedback on a plan that would cut 2,700 jobs at Fort Huachuca as part of an overall force restructuring that will bring troop levels down from more than 570,000 soldiers, to 420,000 by 2019. The revelation that 2,700 positions may be cut from the local post was first announced in March by Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley. “For Fort Huachuca the planning (reduction) numbers are 1,700 military and 1,000 civil service (positions). Again, it is not the (approved) number but part of the planning assessment...
  • Birthday celebration set for Joint Interoperability Test Command

    06/24/2014 2:39:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - The Joint Interoperability Test Command hosts a birthday celebration 10-11 a.m., July 2, at its headquarters on the local post. JITC is celebrating more than 27 years of testing excellence at Fort Huachuca. Its history is built on the testing legacy of prior organizations such as the Tri-Service Tactical Communications Joint Test Element; the Joint Interface Test Center; and the Joint Tactical Command, Control and Communications Agency, all of which were involved in previous command and control testing on Fort Huachuca and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Twenty-five years ago on June 28, 1989, a ribbon-cutting ceremony...
  • A-10 backers win House vote to save plane

    06/20/2014 7:39:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriation bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from spending any money to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet — a mainstay of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But the fate of the venerated “Warthog” close-air-support jet remains far from certain, as the Senate still must act, and the issue will likely be hammered out in conference committee. The amendment’s bipartisan adoption was a victory for Rep. Ron Barber, a Tucson Democrat, and other A-10 supporters, who were chagrined when the House Appropriations Committee left A-10 funding out of...
  • Celebrating the service of ‘men in the arena’. Maj. Gen. Asley hails Army soldiers at birthday event

    06/16/2014 1:47:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — For more than 100 years Elks lodges throughout the country have been holding special ceremonies to honor Flag Day. It began with a lodge in Texas in 1908 said Shirley Dixon, the exalted ruler of SierraVista Elks Lodge 2065. Saturday the special ceremony was held outside, at the lodge’s ramada area, attended by more than 150 people. Sitting in the audience were six World War II veterans, as special guests, as the 70th anniversary of the end of that war closes happens in 2015 — May when Germany surrendered and September when Japan signed its surrender documents....
  • Ordinary Americans doing the extraordinary. Winning soldiers honored at Friday ceremony

    06/15/2014 10:42:21 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — Two soldiers were recognized as the top enlisted GIs for the Network Enterprise Technology Command, the day before the Army celebrated its 239th birthday. For Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., Friday morning’s ceremony highlighting the naming of the command’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (NCOY) and Soldier of the Year (SOY) is an extension of what the Army has provided the nation through dedicated service, even before the nation declared its independence in 1776. The Army was established on June 14, 1775. Chosen as the NCOY was Staff Sgt. Jose Mosquera, representing the 5th Signal Command...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: AAFES Chief: Let 22 million vets shop exchanges online

    06/07/2014 3:04:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies
    Defense officials are weighing a proposal from the director of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to allow the nation’s 22 million honorably discharged veterans, and perhaps an equal number of their family members, to shop online for military exchange products and discounts. Shoppers who use the AAFES website enjoy savings of up to 25 percent on many brand name products. They also avoid state and local sale taxes on their purchases just like on-base shoppers do. By providing online discounts to millions of deserving veterans and families, said Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of AAFES, the...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissaries safe; 1 percent pay cap, RX co-pays likely

    05/31/2014 6:56:14 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    In shaping a 2015 defense authorization bill, Congress has decided to protect the prized commissary benefit from the most worrisome budget threat to base grocery stores in decades. But military personnel are not likely to escape other key compensation curbs to include a second consecutive annual pay raise cap in January of 1 percent versus 1.8 percent needed to match private sector wage growth. Also, a million recipients of Basic Allowance for Housing are likely to see BAH increases dampened for the next three years until rates, on average, cover 95 percent of local rental costs versus 100 percent today.
  • Law enforcement agencies revisit SB 1070 policies after S. Tucson settlement

    05/30/2014 12:52:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carli Brosseau
    In the nearly two weeks since South Tucson’s city council approved a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over how its police department carries out SB 1070, officials from surrounding jurisdictions have pored over the terms of the deal. The agreement, which overhauled the department's immigration policy, has galvanized some Tucson-area elected officials to pursue procedures they believe better guard against prolonged detentions and racial profiling — two key concerns raised by critics of the law. “Now we have a case study, and we can compare notes,” said Regina Romero, a Tucson city councilwoman who has opposed the law...
  • Heroism on the battlefield is part of the brotherhood.

    05/28/2014 1:32:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — At what Army Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Godfrey calls “The Bivouac of the Dead,” a few people sat among their deceased loved ones. A small girl held the hand of a man, as she carried flowers to a grave, but too soon she was out of sight, disappearing among the tombstones as the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Fort Huachuca’s Old Post Cemetery began Monday morning While Memorial Day is a time “for us to salute all the brave men and women” who have given what Abraham Lincoln said is “the last full measure of devotion” — their...
  • Students nabbed for releasing crickets in school

    05/24/2014 12:35:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 43 replies
    Wild Senior H.S. Prank!!!
  • Army soldier's body arrives in Tucson for burial

    05/22/2014 2:05:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    The body of the Army soldier who died last week from wounds in an attack in Afghanistan, Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras, arrived in Tucson this morning. The Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard provided plane-side honors, and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the casket from the flight line to a funeral home. A memorial service is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery at 5401 S. Park Ave. Barreras, 49, died March 13 at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He was wounded May 6 in...
  • Fire restrictions still in place at national forests

    05/20/2014 1:37:59 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | May 19 2014
    TUCSON – Continuing from the May 1 initiation of fire restrictions across multiple jurisdictions of public lands, all ranger districts of Coronado National Forest remain under campfire and smoking restrictions. Beginning May 1, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited: • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where grills are provided. • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all...
  • Plane crashed turning after takeoff

    05/20/2014 9:17:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSend to friendSend to friend WASHINGTON — The type of plane which crashed Saturday morning on Fort Huachuca, injuring two aboard the plane, was a Rockwell Aero Commander 500S. Monday, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) correctly identified the type of plane as an Aero Commander and added the initial report of the accident indicates “the plane was taking off, made a left turn and impacted the ground." Initially the plane involved was identified as a Cessna 500. The accident happened around 10 a.m. and the NTSB spokesman said a preliminary report should be ready...
  • Plane crash at local airport injures two

    05/18/2014 8:48:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Two people aboard a Cessna 500 — a two-seater aircraft — were injured in a 10 a.m. accident at the joint Libby Army Airfield and and Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, according to a post spokeswoman. Both individuals were transported to medical facilities for treatment, with one being flown to a Tucson hospital and the other taken by ground transportation to the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, fort media relations officer Tanja Linton said. Their names and conditions were not available. Michelle Fidler, spokeswoman for the National Park Service Intermountain Region, said Ponderosa Aviation in Safford has a...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Luring current force to ‘reform’ its own retirement

    05/17/2014 8:30:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald
    Current military members and retirees are to be “grandfathered” from any retirement changes that the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommends to Congress next February. Current force members shouldn’t let that dampen their interest in the work of the commission or its final recommendations, because any retirement reforms proposed almost certainly will include an “opt-in” feature. Many currently serving members will get the chance to choose to switch to a more modern, less generous retirement plan. Who would do that? If past behavior is a reliable guide, thousands will. Economists use the term “personal discount rates.” More simply, its...