Current, former airmen eligible for stop loss special pay

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Thousands of current and former airmen remain eligible to receive $500 in retroactive special pay for each month they were affected by stop loss. Airmen have until Oct. 21 to apply through the Air Force Personnel Center here. […]

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 […]

CAP cadets visit, learn about the 27th SOW

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. George Whitehead, 27th Special Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, answers questions about the MQ-9 Reaper from Civil Air Patrol cadets during their visit to Cannon on July 9. Cadets from Amarillo and Lubbock, as well as Clovis, toured the base and got the opportunity to fly in a 16th Special Operations […]

Day trip: Amusement center offers fun for family

Place: Funtrackers Location: 101 Carrizozo Canyon Road in Ruidoso. Take U.S. 70 through Roswell, through Ruidoso Downs and turn right at Carrizozo Canyon Road. Funtrackers is about 187 miles from base. What is it? Funtrackers is a family amusement center. What can people do here? Funtrackers features three go-cart tracks. A family track, a pro […]

Air Force Civilian Service website aids job seekers

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Jobseekers unfamiliar with civilian employment opportunities within the Air Force now have a new online resource that defines the numerous career fields and outlines many of the benefits of being a federal employee. The site, www.afciviliancareers.com, contains practical information […]

Education leader: Act locally to improve schools

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Progress is being made at the national and state levels for broad improvements in the public education of military children, but parents still should be involved at the local level to affect change the most, the head of the Military Child Education Coalition said. “With great […]

Chairman appalled by WikiLeaks release

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service ABOARD A U.S. AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is “appalled” by the breach of security represented by the WikiLeaks case. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters traveling with him that the leaks could put American servicemembers at risk. Investigators […]

Fire departments team up for annual training

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Cannon and Clovis firefighters take turns extinguishing cargo bay fires during a training exercise Monday. Cannon Deputy Fire Chief Rich Givney said the silver protective gear used for aircraft firefighting not only protects from fire, but it reflects heat. Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis Fire Department teamed up […]

Cannon Idol: Overcoming shyness, airman takes top prize

Jessica Kiser Liliana Castillo Not only did Airman 1st Class Jennifer Edwards of the 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron overcome her shyness to even audition for Cannon Idol in May, she won the competition Saturday at The Landing Zone. When she was the last one standing on stage, indicating that she won, she said […]

Airmen encouraged to complete survey

By Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Hanson: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs “Your opinion matters” is the view of Air Force officials on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” survey released July 7 to more than 98,000 randomly selected active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members. Selected airmen have received an e-mail […]

July 30 -Aug. 5 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Fried fish and fried shrimp Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Italian cuisine Wednesday: Carved roast beef and rosemary chicken Thursday: Beef brisket and chicken pot pie

Food at the speed of life: Cupcakes contain hint of rose petals

Rose petal cupcakes? Yep. Portales recipe collector Raychel Randle shared the recipe she said she found in a 1913 Crisco cookbook:

AF Academy instructor positions available

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Opportunities are available for active duty officers to apply for vacant U.S. Air Force Academy instructor positions for the 2011-2012 academic year, Air Force officials have announced. Officers may apply by Sept. 30 for positions on the faculty and in […]

Military mama: Learning language part of military life

Looking back on my first few months (and probably years) as a military wife I will admit I was often confused. If you saw me with that happy but oh-so-puzzled look on my face, it was likely because you were speaking “military.” The abbreviations and acronyms are truly a language of their own and tossed […]

July 30 -Aug. 1 Movies

Friday 7 p.m. — Toy Story 3, rated G

July 30 -Aug. 5 What's Happening

Friday Year of the Air Force Family Bowl-a-Rama — 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes. Open Mic Night Late Nighter — 9 p.m., The Landing Zone.

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]

Friday morning briefing: Clovis man honored, school supplies needed and 21st street blues

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Clovis native honored Dalton (Ga.) State College has honored former president and Clovis native James A. Burran,dedicating the college’s 75-foot bell tower in his name. Burran grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School in 1968.

God’s mercy is everlasting

My husband has really contributed to the health of cats. One time he had 23 cats in his barn. He fussed about so many cats, but I noticed he kept buying cat food. A car hit one mother cat. Emmitt tried desperately to feed her baby kittens with a doll bottle, but they were too […]

Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]