Military mama: Military spouses often unsung heroes

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There are very few occupations that require such significant life changes for a spouse like that of the military. I have known many couples that have relocated once or maybe even twice due to educational training or employment changes. These can be tough transitions for anyone, and the more bodies involved in these changes the […]

Annual golf tourney set

Cannon Connections staff The annual Cannon Spouses’ Club Golf Classic charity tournament is set for 11 a.m. April 29 at Whispering Winds Golf Course. The event is open to the public. Player registration is $30 and includes a goodie bag, catered barbecue lunch, and green fees. Cart rental costs extra. Extra lunch tickets are $10 […]

Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

Anniversaries —

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White [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Pat and Wessie White of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Clovis. They were married Dec. 31, 1950, in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Their children and spouses are Nancy and Tommy […]

Spouses club thanks veterans

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon spouse Michelle Patterson, 29, stuffs a small stocking with candy canes for the Single Airmen’s Dinner with her 11-month old son Devawn in her arms during the meeting. Liliana Castillo At first glance, the Cannon Spouses Club gave veterans in nursing homes crossword puzzles and toiletries for the holidays. But […]

Military mama: Apology for lacking deployment sympathy

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I committed the cardinal sin of military spouses the other day. No, I’m not talking about the unfair stereotypes of cheaters and gold diggers that are the exception, not the rule. I’m talking about diminishing another spouses’ deployment blues. The words came out of my mouth before I even had a second thought, my response […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

Cannon Golf Classic canceled

Cannon Connections staff The third annual Cannon Spouses’ Club Golf Classic has been canceled. The event was canceled due to lack of interest, according to club members. Information: cannonspouses@yahoo.com or cscgolftourney@gmail.com.

VA acts to expand disability claims

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Volunteers for golf tourney sought

Cannon Connections staff The Cannon Spouses Club is seeking volunteers for their third annual Cannon Spouses Club Golf Classic that will be held April 23. All are welcome to volunteer. The planning committee meets from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the The Landing Zone. Information: 850-376-7520 or email CSC_GolfTourney@gmail.com

Employment program to resume for enrolled spouses

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service

Approved spouses unaffected by career program pause

by Carmen L. Gleason: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A week after announcing the temporary halt of the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account operations, the head of the program assured participants with approved financial assistance that their enrollment will be unaffected. “For those of you who have currently approved financial account documents, […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Club extends holiday greetings

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Nancy LaVallee twists garland around her tree. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Cannon Spouses Club has been bringing smiles and Christmas goodies to local retirement center residents for the third year. On Tuesday club members decorated miniature Christmas trees and filled goodie bags for Clovis retirement center residents who […]

President signs bill that aids military spouses

By Senior Airman Sara Csurilla: 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The president signed a bill Nov. 11 to help ease the strain on military families who frequently travel from state to state and country to country. President Barack Obama signed the bill, known as the ‘Military Spouses Residency Relief […]

Policy opens up job opportunites to spouses

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A new executive policy has pushed open the door for qualifying military spouses to enter the federal workforce, enabling them to apply for more jobs advertised on USAJOBS. Executive Order 13473, which went into effect Sept. 11, 2009, identified three […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

Oct. 16 -Oct. 22 What's Happening

Friday Cannon Spouses Club poker game — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Clovis 801 Housing. Information: tehwoman@hotmail.com Fall Harvest Dance — 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for tweens and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for teens. Youth Center. Information: 784-2747. Asian Cooking Class — 10:30 a.m., Portales 801 Community Center. Register by Oct. 15. Information: […]