Military mama: Reunions bring on tears

There are so many of my dear friends enduring lengthy deployments of their spouses, I have kept up with their roller coaster of emotions and tried to offer support whenever possible. I understand what a challenge it can be, especially when that military spouse is also a mom. As moms we are used to being […]

First lady, Dr. Biden to launch military family campaign

By Tech. Sgt. John Orrell: National Guard Bureau

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Officials strive to strengthen, empower military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — From educational opportunities to spouse employment, Defense Department officials are expanding military family support programs to better meet families’ current needs, as well as to empower them for the challenges that lie ahead, the DoD official who oversees military family programs said Feb. 17. “It’s not […]

e-books: Cannon Library adds online resources

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Library Director Melissa Haraughty navigates through the Tumble Books Library on one of the library’s computers. As the world turns more to digital in every aspect of their lives, they also turn to electronic books, called e-books. The Cannon Library staff hosts a tutorial about different electronic resources available at […]

Military mama: Store memories within, not in closet

Each year as it starts to warm up I get that urge to purge, clear out the clutter in my home. The first few bags of trash are always easy to go. This is the junk. The things that I would feel embarrassed to donate to a charity, more than likely because one of my […]

Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Military charities see green when you ‘go green’

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can assist military families and help save the environment with a simple click of a mouse. Through March when a TRICARE beneficiary chooses to “Go Green” and opts-in for paperless statements, TriWest will contribute $5 to one of the following military support organizations: […]

Council betters life for Air Commandos

USAF file photo: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole An airman retrieves money from an ATM that was installed June 2010 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility. The Quality of Life Council secured the cash dispenser following requests from airmen at Cannon. The council meets at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday monthly at the 27th Special […]

Military mama: Treating depression not sign of weakness

There is a topic that I’ve been nervous to approach but the more I interact with military spouses I have realized just how prevalent the problem is: Depression. It exists. It is out there. It is probably closer to home than most of us like to admit. And more than anything, it is not a […]

Special duty team will brief Cannon airmen

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Have you ever considered taking on the challenge of replenishing the ranks of the Air Force as a recruiter, or molding civilians into motivated airman as a military training instructor? How about mentoring and guiding airman as they transition from basic military training as a military training leader? The Air […]

Military mama: Readjustment takes time

I’m a creature of habit, I like my routines. It is always so frustrating because when my hubby goes on short TDYs it takes approximately half the time he is gone to get used to doing things on my own, and then nearly twice the total days of his trip to get used to having […]

Military touts medical home care

Most military beneficiaries haven’t heard of PCMH or “patient-centered medical home,” a civilian-conceived strategy to improve managed care. Yet 655,000 military beneficiaries who use base clinics and hospitals have been enrolled with a PCMH team over the past 14 months and that number is projected to double this year and double again, to 2.5 million […]

New approach to military family support unveiled

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — White House officials have released a report that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life. President Barack Obama announced the results of a nearly yearlong […]

Obama cites military successes in address

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In a State of the Union address marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation’s military as an example to follow. “Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their […]

Military mama: Facebook opens doors for friendships

I love hearing from readers, it makes me happy to know that I’m not just spilling my guts with no one taking any note. Your friend requests on Facebook and stopping me in the store just to say “hi” make my day. I did meet my first “fan.” I say that, only because that’s how […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

From flightline to sideline

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Rachael Barnett, far left, works as assistant coach for the Clovis Lady Wildcat’s with Head Coach Jeff Reed, far right. Gabriel Monte When Rachel Barnett resigned from the Air Force two months away from becoming a captain, she turned to the one thing that would give stability during her […]

Military mama: Discounts not expected, but appreciated

Whenever I have a question about anything, I always have my go-to gals, and 95 percent of the time (if I’m not already on the phone with my mom or sister) I will be seeking a solution from another military spouse. So often we put our trust into this extended military-family as we PCS. Everything […]