God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

Diamond notes: Airmen should take pride in PT uniform

By Master Sgt. Sheronne King: 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or she […]

Military mama: Veterans Day for all heroes

There’s something about a man in uniform; there’s an undeniable, strength and responsibility of donning the gear of the armed forces. It isn’t simply about an attraction to a certain type of person, there is a lot of implied valor whether you see a no striper or a highly decorated zebra-arm. There is a great […]

Improved physical training uniform sized for both sexes

By Brad Jessmer: Air Force Uniform Office WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The new, improved physical training uniform, or IPTU, has seen many improvements from the current PTU and sizing also has improved for both sexes. “We have received much feedback from the field,” said Maj. Eric Habersberger, the deputy chief of the Air […]

Improved physical fitness uniform unveiled

USAF photo: Sonic Johnson From left, first lieutenants Joseph Castro, Erik Svendsen and Andy Lee wear the Air Force’s improved physical training uniform and watch as Angela Smith hems the anti-microbial liner into the new uniform during a tour of the facility in Nov. 2009, in Columbus, Miss. The lieutenants are from the 14th Operations […]

Air Force Uniform Board collaborative effort

By Brad Jessmer: Air Force Uniform Office WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Throughout the years, Air Force uniforms have evolved to meet modern day operational requirements, but few airmen know the process involved or who is responsible for these changes. The biggest misconceptions seem to center around the uniform board. Contrary to what some […]

AF officials announce uniform policy changes

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced uniform policy updates April 12 resulting from recent Air Force Uniform Board decisions. The following policy modifications are effective immediately, unless otherwise stated, and will be incorporated into Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Uniform Dress and Appearance. The tucking of […]

Monday designated as blues uniform day

Defenselink WASHINGTON — Beginning Sept. 8, airmen now will be required to wear a combination of the blues uniform on Mondays. At a recent four-star conference, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz discussed the issue with other senior leaders. “We all agreed that part of our image, culture and professionalism is instilled […]

Cannon Community May 2

Change of Command today Maj. Ryan Rowe will relinquish command of the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Andrew Young at 9 a.m. today in Hangar 16. A reception will follow. The uniform for military is uniform of the day and business casual for civilians. Relay for Life begins tonight This year’s Clovis/Curry […]

Buffs outlast shorthanded Hounds

1200811892-120enmuvwestexbbball1.gif

CNJ Photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU junior guard Marquis Ruffin looks up for a teammate during Saturday’s game against West Texas A&M at Greyhound Arena. CNJ Staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave it a run with a short hand Saturday night. Playing with only six players in uniform, the Greyhounds hung with […]

Columnist remembers special vet

Tonya Fennell Veterans Day has come and gone. Although the day is meant to honor living servicemembers, it always reminds me of my maternal grandfather who died many years ago. Like many young men his age, my grandfather enlisted in the Navy when he was only 17 years old during World War II. I don’t […]

Officials address uniform policy

By Staff Sgt. Monique Randolph: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Now that the airman battle uniform is on the shelves of some military clothing sales stores, Air Force uniform officials here released a revised ABU wear policy message Sept. 5 to ensure airmen are aware of the standards for the new […]

Military jargon decoded

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My husband has spent almost half his life as a U.S. Air Force airman and he is fluent in the everyday military jargon. But, it has taken me years to decipher the Air Force language he speaks. Here are a few of my favorites. Blues – Members of the Air Force […]

You’ve earned the right – wear your uniform with pride

Master Sgt. Michael Dols Last week the results of the 97th Air Force Uniform Board were released. The board approved a number of changes we all need to be aware of, adhere to and enforce. The following are some of the more notable changes. “Scrunchies” are no longer allowed while in uniform. Hair must be […]

All Airmen responsible for upholding, enforcing AF standards

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Have you ever seen an Airman standing in line with their hands in their pockets while in uniform? Have you ever been at the Dining Facility and noticed someone with their battle dress uniform shirt off while eating lunch? Have you ever heard someone’s car radio from clear across the parking […]

The Cross of Christ Is the Symbol of Life and Hope

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Picture, if you will, a young man, a very decent sort, but a young fellow who wants to assert his individuality a bit, along with his right to dress as he wishes. He pokes good-natured fun at his stodgy ol’ dad, a businessman who regularly boards airplanes and flies […]

Cross is symbol of life, hope

By Curtis Shelburne Picture, if you will, a young man, a very decent sort, but a young fellow who wants to assert his individuality a bit, along with his right to dress as he wishes. He pokes good-natured fun at his stodgy ol’ dad, a businessman who regularly boards airplanes and flies to meetings with […]

Pit bull loses bid for release

1071732756-web-pit-bull-7_2_03.jpg

Pit bull accused of attacking Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles. File photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy,” the pit bull who didn’t like sheriff’s deputies, lost his case and faces death by either carbon monoxide or lethal injection. “Sheriff (Roger) Hatcher won; they are going to destroy Buddy and I have to pay $351 in fines,” said […]