73rd Wombat Wives winners of Big Give

Courtesy photo Tina Blessing, left, and Gretchen Brown, of the 73rd Wombat Wives team, paint a bench at the Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis in mid-April as part of their Big Give project for Cannon Air Force Base. The team won first place and people’s choice in the competition. Alisa Boswell The 73rd Wombat Wives were […]

Military mama: Pageantry can also apply to military wives

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I had the opportunity to judge a beauty pageant last week. It was a fun way to spend the day. As the contest progressed I found my cheeks hurting from so much grinning. In a short amount of time it was possible to learn about each girl’s personality, without them ever having to say a […]

Group collecting supplies for military personnel

Freedom New Mexico The 73rd SOS Wombat Wives Group is collecting personal supplies for wounded servicemen and women starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Clovis. Donated supplies will be part of Soldiers’ Angels First Response Backpacks for patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kleber outpatient barracks, according to information from […]

Group collecting supplies for military personnel

Freedom New Mexico The 73rd SOS Wombat Wives Group is collecting personal supplies for wounded servicemen and women starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Clovis. Donated supplies will be part of Soldiers’ Angels First Response Backpacks for patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kleber outpatient barracks, according to information from […]

Cannon spouses give back

Cannon Connections Photo: Eric Butler Thrift Store manager Nance Lavallee, right, tidies up while her duaghter, Elizabeth, test drives a bicycle. The thrift store is operated by the Cannon Spouses Club. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Officers wives clubs hold a distinct niche in images from American popular culture – and there’s usually several martinis […]

Military wives dependable group

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist B eing friends with your boss’

Commanders’ wives expected to lead

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Being friends with your boss’ wife is always tricky but in the military it can be even more challenging. Picture my husband’s boss’ wife holding my hair back while I puke. It doesn’t exactly translate into a great first impression, let alone a good move for his career. But that’s […]

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Memorable experiences

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Eight months ago I wrote my first column for the inaugural edition of the Cannon Connections. Since then, I have filled this space with my thoughts and opinions on being an Air Force wife. Some were well-received while others were met with disapproval. A column on military wives whining netted me […]

High-speed ride

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico A dozen Cannon Air Force Base wives got a small taste of their husband’s daily lives Oct. 26. The women, who are all married to members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron Fireballs, each took a ride in an F-16. According to Capt. Wyck Furcron, the squadron chose to hold […]

Homecoming causes nervousness

Tonya Fennell I’ve been having a recurring dream lately. In the dream, I am walking around Cannon Air Force Base surrounded by women crying tears of happiness, children jumping with joy and airmen giving sharp salutes. Everywhere I look, Air Force wives are hugging and kissing their husbands. But, I just stand there searching the […]

Friendship shouldn’t be founded on rank

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly […]

Whining not an option

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dr. Laura Schlessinger, host of a radio advice call-in show, recently came under fire for a comment she made about military wives. Schlessinger said “I’m tired of all the complaints from military wives who say they’re lonely and overwhelmed.” She went on to add, “You’re not dodging bullets, so I […]

Super military wife syndrome strikes

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can become very aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the […]