Airmen take part in Dollars 4 Donuts

USAF photo: Greg Allen Rich Jones, a retired NCO who was assigned to the security forces squadron, solicits donations during Dollars 4 Donuts. Jones, who continues to work at Cannon with the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, volunteered for the fundraiser that supports the Shop with a Cop program aimed at brightening the holidays […]

New program to ease inprocessing pains

By 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron Beginning Monday, the days of waiting weeks to complete a PCS inprocessing voucher for active duty airmen members will will end for airmen here. The Permanent Change of Station Inprocessing System will be ready for use. PIPS offers a secure, paperless way to submit PCS-related financial documents with automated […]

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Caprock Inn gets makeover

Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Southwest Carpet employee Adrian Nunez rolls up carpet removed from one of the buildings at Caprock Inn. The rooms in the building that temporarily houses mostly unmarried personnel are being redone. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base temporary lodging is getting a face lift. Caprock Inn Superintendent Master […]

Airman steps up in child’s rescue

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base’s Technical Sergeant Charles Derflinger, left, and Clovis police officer Mike Reeves vie for 10-month-old Eva Saiz’s attention. Derflinger and Reeves helped saved the toddler when she started choking on a hair clip. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Tech. Sgt. Charles Derflinger walked through the door, little […]

Proposal aims for paternity leave

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist About 76,000 active duty service members will father babies next year if recent military birthrates hold.

Safety remains important as summer draws to close

Commentary by Sophia Pressley: 27th Fighter Wing Safety. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Summer will soon be over and many of us are enjoying the last days of leisure activities with our families. Looking back over Cannon’s summer safety campaign, we have been very fortunate. Our success can be attributed to the supervisors and airmen […]

Sept. 4, 1962

Airmen arrived at Cannon Air Force Base following a four-month Tactical Air Command tour of duty in Thailand. … Construction began for the $1 million Hilltop Plaza shopping center in Clovis. … McDaniel’s Inc. announced its new location at 1020 Main in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement.

Military Feature: Clovis officer changing uniforms

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Officer David Wetmore is preparing to deploy to Iraq with the Air National Guard. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police officer David Wetmore will trade the halls of Yucca Junior High for the deserts of Iraq this fall. An Air National Guard technical sergeant and a […]

Court tries to up jury numbers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dodging jury duty in Curry County is getting tougher. Gone are the days when prospective jurors simply asked court clerks to be excused — and excusals are for three years. Now they must go before a judge. District Judge David Reeb said about 75 people showed up recently for […]

Briefly

Diplomas ready in Education Office All Community College of the Air Force graduates who were unable to attend commencement exercises on April 20 may pick up their diplomas at the Education Office in Building 600, Suite 2090. Commission briefings available June 15 Quarterly commissioning briefings will be available at the Base Training and Education Office […]

2007 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Monday

Capt. Christine Sienkowski It’s time for the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign. The drive kicks off Monday and the 27th Fighter Wing’s goal is $43,031. The AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family — active duty, retirees, […]

Scholarship deadlines rapidly approaching

Deadlines are approaching for college scholarship applications. Visit www.afas.org/Education/body_grant.cfm.,www.militaryscholar.org. or www.moaa.org. for more information. Janet Taylor-Birkey With scholarship deadlines for the 2007-2008 school year looming, spouses and children are often eligible for college scholarships based on government dependency status. Applicants should read qualifications carefully and be sure to contact the sponsor if they have questions. […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Cannon Reserve recruiter makes fiscal year goals

Janet Taylor-Birkey Tech. Sgt. James Ring, a three year in-service Air Force recruiter stationed at Cannon, has not only met his yearly goal in recruiting, but has exceeded it. Sergeant Ring will have reached 112 percent of his goal by the end of September, the end of the recruiting year. All Airmen separating from active-duty […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

Ready reserve activation could break military

By Freedom Newspapers The decision to start calling up Marine Corps reservists who have already served their active-duty obligation but are still subject to being called back is a strong indicator that the war in Iraq is not going well — and that our leaders believe U.S. troops will be required in significant numbers for […]