Military mama: There is no ‘us vs. them’

I always try to make the best of each situation wherever I am in life, because, quite frankly, it’s a choice to enjoy myself or not. I would like to take a moment to get a little serious about the amount of complaining that is occurring about this particular duty station. We live in a […]

Joint health care proposal criticized

The military’s top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. Two of three surgeons general, for Air Force and Navy, […]

Military mama: Story of how we met rather unconventional

My love story is unconventional; an airman living the bachelor life in Hawaii, and a theatre major in Utah don’t easily cross paths. We definitely started as a one in a million shot, but go big or go home. I was visiting home over Christmas break, and John had just injured himself while boogie boarding. […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]

Military mama: Every opportunity provides chance to learn

We’re full of molars and the alphabet at my house. I recently wrote of Kaleb’s adventures, and now he’s added another complication to my immediate parenting plan. This latest coming-of-age moment with my oldest child has negative repercussions on my television schedule. Petty, I know, but he is now aware when I’m bluffing about it […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman, shown speaking at the May 21 memorial service at the Curry County War Memorial, said there are 173 Curry County residents listed as being killed in action. He hopes another name will never need to be added, but realizes that is not realistic. Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired […]

Commentary: Housing markets tight for military communities

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Ticket feature: Eagle View Rally set for Memorial Day weekend

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File photo The Eagle View Rally will be held May 27-29 in north Clovis, providing three full days of entertainment for motorcycle enthusiasts. Freedom New Mexico The third Eagle View Rally is set to kick off May 27 and is expected to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Clovis for three days of […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

Military mama: Fight will still continue

The recent news that the U.S. had accomplished a mission nearly a decade in the making brought on an outpouring of support. There were levels of excitement that varied from a calm sense of relief all the way to pure jubilation and parades. I found myself feeling satisfied that a long-time terrorist was officially out […]

AAFES leadership visits Cannon

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry D. Helm, senior enlisted leader to the commanding general, Army and Air Force Exchange Services speaks to the members of Airman Leadership School class 11-E on April 26 about improvements planned for AAFES institutions at Cannon. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The senior enlisted […]

Show seeks military families for home makeover

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are seeking people involved in the military whose home deserves an extreme makeover. The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” a press release said. […]

Cannon celebrates Month of the Military Child

USAF: Alma Castaneda Children at the Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center dressed in their parents’ uniforms to observe Month of the Military Child salute on April 8. The kids drew pictures expressing what it means to be a military child, read books, sang songs, and participated in other activities to celebrate being military […]

Military mama: Still time to figure out ‘what I want to be’

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Every once in a while I look around my house and just wonder how in the world I got here. How these three angelic little devils came into my life and how I’ve been married for almost seven years. I swear it’s impossible since I’m only 21, in my mind. I often feel like I’m […]

New bill would increase combat pay

Senior Airman Christy Weidenbach Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections California Rep. Jerry McNerney is pushing for an increase in hazardous duty pay, hostile fire pay and family separation allowance for military members after visiting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Combat Act of 2011 would increase hazardous duty pay and family separation allowance by […]

Operation Purple Program offers summer camps for military youth

By 27th SOW Force Support Squadron Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends and reminding military kids that they are the nation’s youngest heroes. The mission of the Operation Purple program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy […]

Military mama: Threatened shutdown real eye-opener

We all knew we were in for a roller coaster ride when we either married into the military or signed off on allowing our significant other to become government property. But, I don’t think that any of us had last week’s thrill ride in mind. I try to avoid public political discussion, because I don’t […]

DoD celebrates Month of the Military Child

By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout the month of April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said. Each April, Americans pause to recognize the nation’s 1.8 million military […]