Guest speaker offers deployment tips

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted a special guest speaker June 13 to discuss how military spouses can “survive” when their loved ones deploy. Two separate sessions of “How to Survive a Deployment and Keep Your Marriage: A Seminar for Military Spouses,” were led by Nancy Jo Sutton-McLeod, a […]

Coverage can extend past spouses, children

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — One great thing about your TRICARE coverage is it not only extends to your spouse and children, but in some cases, also climbs up your family tree to dependent parents and parents-in-law. The process to register your parents or parents-in-law as dependents varies by service branch. The […]

Military spouses seek residency benefits

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Don’t expect a rush order if you call Joanna Williamson’s jewelry business. She’s a military spouse, and it’s moving season. About 800,000 service members move each year — nearly half during the summer. Moving is a ritual repeated nearly every three years on average for military families. It’s also one that Williamson […]

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 […]

Scholarship program aids retiree spouses

Air Force News Service WASHINGTON — Retiree spouses with an eye on professional certification or a post-secondary education may not have to foot the entire bill, thanks to a National Military Family Association scholarship program. The group is accepting applications for its annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to spouses […]

Elida School News Nov. 9

Upcoming Events All veterans and their spouses are invited to a Veterans Day lunch in the school cafeteria at noon Tuesday. Veterans will be recognized and honored for their service to our country. School picture retakes will on Nov. 18.

Policy benefits spouses

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Bush has signed an executive order that will make it easier for spouses of servicemembers to get federal jobs. The order authorizes noncompetitive hiring of spouses and should make the hiring process easier and faster for those in this category, said Patricia Bradshaw, deputy undersecretary […]

Cannon Community May 30

Heart Link Marrying into the military can be confusing for anyone. Spouses are invited to learn more about the military lifestyle and benefits at a Heart Link event. This fun-filled day will be June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free lunch and childcare will be provided. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center […]

Participants wanted for local cancer study

By Rick White, Cannon Connections Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago. She doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey plans […]

Cancer study seeks participants

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By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago and doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey […]

Military spouses publish summer activities list

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Brothers Zach, 5, from left, Austin, 6, and Dominic Fite, 4, watch the hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo Tuesday afternoon. By Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June […]

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 […]

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, […]

Spouses’ clubs honor local students

The Cannon Enlisted Spouses’ Club and Cannon Officers’ Spouses’ Club recently honored 14 students in their pursuit of progress in education at the annual ESC/OSC Scholarship Awards Banquet. Through various fundraisers including Kids’ Bingos, the Wild Wild West Night and the Thrift Shop, the ESC and OSC raised more than $13,000 in scholarship awards for […]

Cannon spouses’ clubs award $13,000+ in scholarships

The Officers’ Spouses’ and Enlisted Spouses’ Clubs awarded more than $13,000 to students April 19. Pictured are the OSC winners. Courtesy of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and Enlisted Spouses’ Club scholarship committee President John F. Kennedy once said, “our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind […]

Workforce Investment Act helps civilians/spouses affected by BRAC

Janet Taylor-Birkey Military spouses and civil service civilians affected by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision, Reduction in Forces Board (RIF), or those spouses who leave their job to accompany their spouse to a new duty station may be eligible for unemployment insurance, continuing education and/or on the job training to assist them in […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

Deployments: Making the best of the situation

Janet Birkey Marc Abel is part of a different group of military spouses – a male who will make permanent change of station moves, but doesn’t deploy. As an Airman’s husband, he is the one left behind to handle the everyday stuff and figure out how to make a satisfying life that can be both […]

Spouses get taste of potential home

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the medical facilities in her prospective new home. Along with other spouses of Air Force Special Operations Command, she joined her husband Thursday and Friday to tour Clovis and Portales. She may soon call Clovis home when the AFSOC […]