New program to ease inprocessing pains

By 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron Beginning Monday, the days of waiting weeks to complete a PCS inprocessing voucher for active duty airmen members will will end for airmen here. The Permanent Change of Station Inprocessing System will be ready for use. PIPS offers a secure, paperless way to submit PCS-related financial documents with automated […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees, and the disparity stretches back decades. In any given year, looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to […]

Caprock Inn gets makeover

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Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Southwest Carpet employee Adrian Nunez rolls up carpet removed from one of the buildings at Caprock Inn. The rooms in the building that temporarily houses mostly unmarried personnel are being redone. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base temporary lodging is getting a face lift. Caprock Inn Superintendent Master […]

Airman steps up in child’s rescue

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base’s Technical Sergeant Charles Derflinger, left, and Clovis police officer Mike Reeves vie for 10-month-old Eva Saiz’s attention. Derflinger and Reeves helped saved the toddler when she started choking on a hair clip. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Tech. Sgt. Charles Derflinger walked through the door, little […]

Local Briefs Aug. 12, 2008

City offices closed for funeral Portales city offices will close shortly before 10 a.m. today so that employees may attend the funeral of longtime Portales police officer Preston Wilkerson, according to City Manager Debi Lee. She said there will be at least one person on duty at City Hall. Other departments should reopen at 1 […]

Air conditioner duty has its hazards

By Glenda Price Those of us who live in the Southwest — not in the mountains, not in houses with thick adobe walls — have to deal with a summertime that lives up to its name, especially in times of drought, which is nearly all the time. So we have to deal with air conditioners. […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

1-15-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: John Kropp Job: Firefighter/EMS paramedic Time on the Job: Since July 1997 Background: He began as a volunteer firefighter at Floyd in 1996. Q: Describe what your job entails? A: It begins with 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. “Monday is clean the station day.” Training and more training, Q: What is […]

It’s their job: LaWanda Wortham

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: LaWanda Wortham Job: Librarian at Brown Early Childhood Center Time on the job: 11 years Background: Wortham was a stay-at-home mom, volunteered at the library, attended Clovis Community College, and did substitute teaching. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Ordering, processing and placing books on shelves. I […]

Safety remains important as summer draws to close

Commentary by Sophia Pressley: 27th Fighter Wing Safety. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Summer will soon be over and many of us are enjoying the last days of leisure activities with our families. Looking back over Cannon’s summer safety campaign, we have been very fortunate. Our success can be attributed to the supervisors and airmen […]

Clovis police officer prepares to deploy

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police officer David Wetmore will trade the halls of Yucca Junior High for the deserts of Iraq this fall. An Air National Guard technical sergeant and a school resource officer with the Clovis Police Department, Wetmore will be deploying with his Albuquerque unit in coming months. Juggling the two […]

Briefly

Diplomas ready in Education Office All Community College of the Air Force graduates who were unable to attend commencement exercises on April 20 may pick up their diplomas at the Education Office in Building 600, Suite 2090. Commission briefings available June 15 Quarterly commissioning briefings will be available at the Base Training and Education Office […]

2007 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Monday

Capt. Christine Sienkowski It’s time for the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign. The drive kicks off Monday and the 27th Fighter Wing’s goal is $43,031. The AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family — active duty, retirees, […]

Scholarship deadlines rapidly approaching

Deadlines are approaching for college scholarship applications. Visit www.afas.org/Education/body_grant.cfm.,www.militaryscholar.org. or www.moaa.org. for more information. Janet Taylor-Birkey With scholarship deadlines for the 2007-2008 school year looming, spouses and children are often eligible for college scholarships based on government dependency status. Applicants should read qualifications carefully and be sure to contact the sponsor if they have questions. […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

Deficient G.I. Bill shorts reservist

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

Cannon Reserve recruiter makes fiscal year goals

Janet Taylor-Birkey Tech. Sgt. James Ring, a three year in-service Air Force recruiter stationed at Cannon, has not only met his yearly goal in recruiting, but has exceeded it. Sergeant Ring will have reached 112 percent of his goal by the end of September, the end of the recruiting year. All Airmen separating from active-duty […]

Integrity today means an Air Force career tomorrow

Maj. James Rich Today’s Air Force continues to emphasize the whole person concept and foot stomps that what we do both on and off duty can affect the length and success of our military careers. It should be obvious to even the newest Airmen that on-duty actions heavily determine the speed of promotion, getting that […]