27th SOW Social Media: Dependents crucial part of conversation

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is third in a series of social media related stories. Recent advances in social media have completely altered communication for today’s military families. Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter enable them to share, connect and be part of events […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Clovis schools preparing for arrival of new students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting an influx of about 300 military dependents between October and June, according to 27th Special Operations wing Mission Support Group Commander Col. Babette Lenfant. Lenfant told Clovis school board members Tuesday the dependents would be coming with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron personnel […]

Unsponsored families don’t get TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update In decades past, the U.S. military discouraged family members from joining loved ones on “unaccompanied” year-long tours to places like South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and more remote tours in “Cold War” Europe. “Non-command sponsored” dependents who traveled to these assignments often were seen as a distraction and strain on support […]

Study says single soldiers need pay raise

By Tom Philpott: Military Update To strengthen the link between pay and performance, the military should raise the pay of unmarried service members to the level of married members, says a blue ribbon panel completing a year-long pay study. The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation prepared a summary of recommendations for senior defense officials […]

Visitor Guidelines Defined

Airman Thomas Trower Caution should be observed when allowing others to stay in assigned military family housing units, said Ms. Donna Hester, chief of facilities in the Cannon Housing Office. According to Air Force Instruction 32-6001 on regulations for family housing, family housing is appropriated for use as single-family dwellings; therefore, occupancy by more than […]