Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

Their View: Deficit reduction plan far from perfect

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office issued this press release Tuesday

Officials announce reduction-in-force eligibility criteria

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced they will convene a quality-based reduction-in-force board Sept. 19 for mid-grade officers as part of their measures to reduce the number of airmen to meet the service’s congressionally authorized military end-strength levels. Officials said retaining the highest […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

May 15 Cannon Community

Stress Reduction/Management Class — The Health and Wellness Center will host classes on the fourth Friday of each month. They are available for all active duty personnel, beneficiaries, retirees, and civilians. Sign up through the HAWC by calling 784-1004. Joint Mobility/Early Morning Recharge Class — Classes will be held at the Cannon Fitness Center racquetball […]

Article 15 results

An airman first class from the 523rd Fighter Squadron received a reduction to airman and a reprimand for being incapacitated for duty due to consumption of alcohol and failure to go to his appointed place of duty. A staff sergeant from the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron received a suspended reduction to senior airman, forfeiture of […]

Council against tax reduction on groceries

Mike Linn The Portales city council want residents to buy their milk for $3.19, not $2.99. The city council at Tuesday’s meeting adopted a resolution opposing a proposed tax reduction that would save the average Portales resident about $40 annually on groceries. City Council members said the city’s budget would lose about $424,000 annually if […]