Sweet Home New Mexico: Spouse incentive flight leaves lasting impression

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I love being a military spouse. Even with all of the sacrifices and hardships that come with the job, I love it. Those in charge of our spouses know what a hard job we have, and I am impressed that when they can, they find ways to tell us ‘thank you.’ I was so excited […]

2010 Military Spouse of the Year lauded for website creation

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Lori Bell, the 2010 Military Spouse of the Year, recently spoke about earning the award and the National Association of Military Moms and Spouses website she created to help spouses connect and support each other while surviving the challenges of military family life. She said the […]

Spouse job program to relaunch

American Forces Press Service San Antonio — The Military Spouse Career Advancement Program Accounts program is set to resume Oct. 25, but with significant changes. Changes include limiting the availability of financial aid to spouses of active-duty servicemembers in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2. Financial aid also will […]

Officials extend spouse career program deadline

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Officials have extended a spouse employment program enrollment deadline to allow more military spouses to take spring semester classes. Effective Sept. 13, spouses currently enrolled in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will be able to request financial assistance for classes […]

Spouse input sought for survey

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials today mailed out 150,000 new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” surveys, this time seeking input from military spouses about the potential repeal of the law that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly, officials said. “We understand the inextricable […]

Aug. 13 -Aug. 19 What's Happening

Friday Key Spouse training — Noon, Airman and Family Readiness Center. First Friday Back to School barbecue —

Spouse job program to relaunch in fall

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program will resume Oct. 25, but with some significant changes to the popular spouse employment program, a defense official announced today. Changes include a reduction in the amount of financial aid, a change in the population eligible to receive that […]

Gates reviews military spouse career program

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is grappling with the best way to reopen the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program to new applicants, concerned that the program has morphed beyond its original intent and cost estimates, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said June 18. Gates believes […]

Youth can beat summer slump

USAF courtesy photo By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs […]

May 7 – May 13 What's Happening

Friday Military Spouse Appreciation Day Celebration — 9 a.m., Airman & Family Readiness Center. First Friday — 5 p.m., The Landing Zone. Clovis Relay For Life — 6 p.m., Ned Houk Park. Book Sale — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Heart of the Earth performance — 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium. Arts Academy […]

Defense Department pauses spouse employment program

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials here have temporarily halted a popular employment assistance program for military spouses while it conducts a “top-to-bottom” review of its services, officials said Feb. 18. The My Spouse Career Advancement Account program, also known as MyCAA, offers military spouses opportunities to pursue portable […]

Applications being taken for spouse scholarship

By Maj. Belinda Petersen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — National Military Family Association officials are accepting scholarship applications from military spouses, and the deadline is Jan. 31, 2010. The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship program awards up to $1,000 to military spouses to obtain professional certification or […]

Air Force officials launch updated Key Spouse program

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON —As part of the July 2009-July 2010 Year of the Air Force Family initiative, the service’s senior leaders have announced the launch of a revised and standardized Key Spouse program. Paula Roy, wife of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James […]

Program aids military spouses with careers

Office of the Secretary of Defense With Congressional authorization in Public Law 110-417, the Department of Defense is implementing the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Program to provide resources and assistance for spouses of active duty services members, Guard and Reserve with a spouse on orders for one year. The goal is to support a […]

Cherish presence of your spouse

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist My husband tried to feed one of our

Court gives widows green light to sue

By Tom Philpott A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has given a green light to three military widows to sue the government for a combined $105,000 — the accumulated value of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments that, the widows contend, have been unlawfully withheld since Dec. 16, 2003. In a 24-page opinion denying the […]

Magazine releases list of top spouse-friendly employers

Military Spouse Magazine Military Spouse Magazine has released its first list of the Top 10 Military-Spouse-Friendly Employers. According to the magazine, the chosen companies needed to produce $1 billion in revenue per year and have specific programs in place to hire military spouses. The top employers are: 1. USAA — According to USAA, they understand […]

Friendship not based on rank

Anita Doberman 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 yet misinformed […]

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 […]

Military spouses targeted

Air Force News WASHINGTON— The American Red Cross is warning military spouses about a new identity-theft scam that targets family members of deployed troops. The Red Cross was alerted of the scam earlier this month, said Devorah Goldburg of the Red Cross. The scam involves a person with an American accent calling a military spouse, […]