Our People: Heart of the city

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Courtesy photo Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Separating airmen offered different options

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Getting out? Opportunities in the Air Force Reserves abound for soon-to-be separating active duty airmen. The Palace Front program allows those separating from active duty to stay in the military through the reserves at the end of their active-duty military commitment. Palace Chase provides an opportunity for active duty officers […]

Author active in New Mexico history, art

By Don McAclavy: Local columnist I am a native of New Mexico, having been born in 1930 in Clovis, reared on a small farm in Claud, some 35 miles south of the Caprock Amphitheater. I was overseas in the U.S. Army for two years and attended a year of college in the humanities in California […]

All must register for ID system

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Everyone, to include civilians, contractors and visitors, in addition to active duty military, must register with the Defense Biometrics Identifications System, which will provide for a more secure installation. Registration can be completed at the following locations: • From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the […]

First Person: Gym owner stays fit for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Oscar Cleare, a personal trainer, says the best ways to stay fit over the holiday is to remain active and use portion control. Oscar Cleare has been a personal trainer for almost 30 years. He now owns his own gym, Bodies in Motion. His secret to staying fit and healthy […]

Empty but active

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Two homes have remained vacant since Clifford Webber was stabbed in his girlfriend’s home at 319 West 14th Street and discovered in the abandoned home at 317 West 14th Street on June 16. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The scene of a grisly stabbing where a victim’s body lay […]

Airmen active in volunteer efforts

USAF photo: Greg Allen April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week, a week that recognizes volunteer efforts such as last year’s community cleanup day by Cannon airmen. A total of 94,000 pounds of trash was removed during the event and airmen plan on participating again April 25. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs “Celebrating People […]

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 […]

Retiree mortality rate needs study

By Tom Philpott: CNJ 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 […]

Amos on the loose

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Author Gary Mitchell says some of his characters in Amos columns are based loosely on observations of people he encounters in and outside of church. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Born in the active imagination of a shy teen hoping to contribute to his church’s newsletter, Amos the Churchmouse has wiggled his way into […]

TRICARE enhances autism services coverage

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Active duty military families now have access to expanded services for autistic children under TRICARE. A new set of behavioral and educational benefits — the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration benefit — allows eligible beneficiaries to see a new category of providers as part of the Extended Care […]

Police seize active meth lab

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police arrested four Clovis residents Friday in connection with an active methamphetamine lab, according to officials. Anna Goodwin, 35, Wilbur Stejskal, 33, and James Metzger, 36, were arrested as they were “cooking” the drug, according to state police public information officer Andy Tingwall. Charges include trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy to […]

Improved health benefits on way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist 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 […]

Proposal aims for paternity leave

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist About 76,000 active duty service members will father babies next year if recent military birthrates hold.

Jan. 6, 2008 Honor

Pat Weekley is the Pintores Art League artist of the month for January. Her paintings will be on display at Clovis-Carver Library until Jan. 31. She has been active in the art league for 11 years and has served in several offices. She also has been involved in many art shows sponsored by the art […]

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. […]

Reservists shorted by deficient GI Bill

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 […]