Fort Hood tragedy reminder of danger surrounding military

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear […]

Fort Hood massacre betrayal of trust

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear the […]

Many resources offered to assist military families

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back […]

Many resources available to military families

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

Program offer airmen, families counseling services

By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Relationship problems, financial difficulties or upcoming deployments are all brush fires airmen and their families face these days. And if these emotional “fires” don’t get put out, quality of life and job performance begin to suffer. The Military and Family Life Consultant program provides airmen another tool to […]

73 SOS airmen return home

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Airmen from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron and 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group return from their deployment on a C-17 on Oct. 6. Three 73 SOS, 14 27 SOMXG and 10 16 SOS Airmen returned following the C-130W. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Web site offers help for families in transition

By Fred W. Baker III: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Sixteen-year-old Robyn Lutzkanin loves the military. As a military child, she said she has moved often and enjoys seeing new places and meeting new people. “It really opens your eyes up to the world,” Lutzkanin added. But she admited to dreading the transition of […]

Fraternity raising money

Freedom New Mexico The Theta Zeta chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University plans to go door-to-door the week of Oct. 4 to collect donations for the Fisher House Foundation. The foundation provides comfort houses on the grounds of military and Veterans Administration hospitals, supports the families of patients and makes […]

Airmen, families turn out for Commando Day

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Airmen and their families line up to take a tour of an AC-130H gunship during Commando Family Day on Sept. 19. The AC-130H gunship was part of a static display of four aircraft that airmen and families toured. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs With […]

Group seeks to help military community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Junctions offers confidential help and is funded by the federal Access to Recovery grant. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One […]

Cannon Appreciation Day features free food, games

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After two decades of cook-outs and games, Cannon Appreciation Day is still going strong. The 20th annual event, which provided Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families with free food, games and time to relax, happened Friday at the base’s Unity Park. The Committee of Fifty, Clovis/Curry County […]

Habitat searches for future homeowners

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry County is accepting applications from people who want to own the next house built in its home ownership program for lower income families. Families selected as partner families help build their new houses, which they buy by repaying a no-interest loan for only the cost […]

TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Air Force families boost area home sales

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When Jon and Hailey Clark learned the Air Force was relocating them to Cannon Air Force Base, they immediately set out to find a home to rent. But when the young couple arrived in Clovis and began looking at the rental homes, they had a change of heart. “Carolyn […]

Policy on press coverage of military deaths should consider families

Anita Tedaldi If my husband died in combat, would I want the media to photograph his coffin as his body came home to me? I can’t help getting choked up thinking about this grim scenario. I don’t even want to consider the possibility, let alone worry about whether I would want the press to be […]

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

United Way short of fund goals

Freedom New Mexico With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used […]

Christmas on the house

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By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Families breaking bread during the holidays has been a tradition for centuries. They sit around a table enjoying each other’s company and are grateful for their blessings. Another tradition took place in Portales on Christmas Day at El Ranchos Restaurant as the Garcia Family served lunch to the community. […]

Cannon family honored

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander, center, presents Maj. Kevin Martin, who was nominated by the 73rd SOS, and his family with the Cannon 2008 Military Family of the Year award on Dec. 9. Cannon established the award to recognize outstanding families that support not only each other, but […]