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New U.S. Citizens Swear in at Nellis AFB

The United States has 73 new citizens from Las Vegas after a swearing in ceremony Thursday at Nellis Air Force Base.

The ceremony commemorates Citizenship Day and Constitution Week, which recognizes the contributions of  naturalized citizens and the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

The new Americans are from 38 countries and some have either served or are currently serving in the U.S. military.

Commissioner Schedules Community Meetings

A member of the Clark County commission plans to host two community meetings to answer questions about several topics, including how budget cuts will affect Las Vegas residents.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says he hopes the meetings will give him a chance to listen to local residents and answer their concerns. The meetings are planned for Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 at the Walnut Recreation Center in Las Vegas, 3075 N. Walnut Rd., near Cheyenne and Las Vegas Blvd north. 

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Nellis Troops Return from Iraq

The long Labor Day weekend was extra special for family and friends of 100 airmen stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

Members of the 58th and 66th Rescue Squadrons and the 763rd Maintenance Squadron returned home Sunday night after a four-month mission in Iraq.

The airmen performed combat rescue operations, as well as medical and humanitarian missions while stationed north of Baghdad. Lt. Col. Thomas Dorl, commander of the 66th squadron, said all who deployed returned safely, with the last of the group scheduled to return later this week with equipment.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

Actor's Band Pays Tribute to the Military

The Cannery held a special concert for members of the armed forces as part of a military appreciation night, with one very recognizable face leading the band.

To some he's known as Detective Mac Taylor on CSI New York and to others probably just Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump. But no matter where people recognize him from... Gary Sinise says the night wasn't about him, but instead supporting our troops.

From the young and the old, to those currently serving or retired, hundreds gathered to support military men and women.

"With all the negativity that's out towards the war lately, it lets them know even though you don't support the war, you support the troops," said Holly Keys, who is going into the air force.

"I mean they have a pretty good idea that America is behind them. But it's nice every once in a while for someone to make a big deal about it for them," said Major General Ted Kresge, USAF.

Police Use Pepper Spray to Stop School Fight

Police had to use pepper spray during a fight at a local high school.

School police say the fight between three girls started outside t0he Chaparral High School cafeteria. Police say when they tried to break it up, the students locked arms and the officer used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

The three girls were arrested for fighting on campus.

Nellis Plane Catches Fire After Landing

The U.S. Air Force says a plane was damaged while landing at Nellis Air Force Base but no one was injured.

The aircraft, an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system, was returning from a mission late Friday night when the problem occurred. The 32-person crew got out of the plane safely. Emergency responders extinguished a fire after the landing.

An Air Force statement did not provide additional details. The Air Force plans an investigation.    The aircraft is flown by the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., according to a statement on the Nellis Air Force Base Web site.

(Copyright Associated Press 2009. All Rights Reserved)

Las Vegas Military Wife Fights to Save Home

Some military families are fighting wars on two fronts. Not only do they have a loved one deployed overseas, they are also fighting to save their homes from foreclosure.

The Soldiers and Sailors Act protects those on active duty from foreclosure until their tour is done but Eyewitness News found one military family who got caught in a battle they didn't expect.

Soldiers living in Nevada expect to go overseas to fight the War on Terror. They leave never thinking that their spouse might be in a terrifying fight of their own against the banks.

"I don't want him to come home and not come home to the house." This Las Vegas military wife did not want Eyewitness News to show her face or use her name because she lives alone. Her husband shipped off to Iraq with his reservist unit last May.