Club notes — Jan. 22

Order of DOES The Benevolent Patriotic Order of DOES Clovis Drove 108 held their installation of officers Jan. 14. The Installation was completed by Deputy Supreme President Kaye Parrish, Deputy Supreme Conductor Linda Catanzaro, and Installing Chaplain Jean Hayes. Incoming President Sandie Kitchens thanked all of her new officers for their willingness to serve with […]

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

SOCOM Chaplain to speak at Prayer Breakfast

27th SOW Public Affairs Chaplain Thomas Slohjem, chaplain for the United States Special Operations Command, will be the guest speaker at a Prayer Breakfast March 12 at The Landing Zone. The breakfast is free and for more information, call 784-2507.

Chaplain’s perspective: ‘God pushed me’

USAF photo: Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia D. Rios blesses one of three triplets in the children’s ward of the University of Miami Hospital compound adjacent to the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 29. The babies were born in the wake of the earthquake which devastated […]

Chaplain: Conversation my job

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Capt. Chaplain Kyle Roehrig jokes with 1st Sgt. Eric Butt during a visit to the Cannon Air Force Base medical group building. Roehrig often drops in on units he’s assigned to so he can be visible and supportive. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections For an Air Force chaplain, life involves […]

Prayer breakfast hosts AF Chief of Chaplains

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Cecil Richardson, U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, speaks to Cannon personnel and community members at the Landing on Feb. 19. Chaplain Richardson stressed the importance of faith and prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public […]

Top A.F. chaplain to attend annual prayer breakfast

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USAF courtesy photo Air Force Chief of Chaplains Cecil Richardson is set to give the keynote address, “God Shed His Grace on Thee,” at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections This year’s Cannon Air Force Base National Prayer Breakfast features a speech by the Air Force’s top chaplain and music by […]

Answering the call

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police chaplains, clockwise from left, Frank Sherman, Furgus Tunnell, Dick Ross and Terry Martin all volunteer their time. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When dispatchers receive 9-1-1 calls, sometimes they send more than the police and emergency medical services. In the case of a traumatic or fatal accidents […]

Breakfast hosts first female chaplain

Janet Taylor-Birkey Introduced by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Gallagher as the first female chaplain in the armed services and the first female chief of chaplains: an officer “with a wise and loving heart of a pastor,” retired Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter addressed more than 150 military members and civilians at the annual Prayer Breakfast, Feb. […]

Air Force’s first female chaplain to speak at Prayer Breakfast

2nd Lt. George Tobias The Air Force’s first female chaplain who later became the first female Air Force chief of chaplains, will address Cannon Airmen at a Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. Thursday at The Landing. The breakfast at Cannon is part of a National Prayer Breakfast that will be celebrated throughout the nation on […]

Chaplain enjoys serving soldiers

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi RickardsCapt. Eusebia Rios of Cannon Air Force Base takes aim during a dodgeball game. By Janet Taylor-Birkey: Freedom Newspapers Capt. Eusebia Rios can often be seen at squadron briefings, but she’s just as likely to be avoiding a fast speeding ball in a friendly game of dodgeball at the […]

In Tribute: Santiago Hidalgo

Santiago Hidalgo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He dedicated years of his life to helping others through community service and the American Legion. A wounded Vietnam veteran, Santiago “Saunty” R. Hidalgo made helping youth and fellow veterans his purpose in life. He wore many hats, holding the position of chaplain with American Legion Post […]

Wedding bells ring for couples at base chapel

Janet Taylor-Birkey It’s still the season for brides and bells, and in addition to the afternoon rendition of the Star Spangled Banner wafting across the grounds at Cannon, one may occasionally hear strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Having a wedding at Cannon can be a meaningful experience for those affiliated with the military, but prospective […]

Cannon chaplains meet spiritual, social needs

Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people think of church as a place to hear a sermon, sing songs and offer prayers. While Cannon’s chapel offers all of those things to worshipers, it also exceeds the parameters of regularly scheduled weekend and weekday services. Seeking to address quality of life issues for Cannon Airmen and their families, the […]

Tending the flock

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Chaplain (Col.) David Cyr, chaplain for Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., visited Cannon AFB Dec. 14 through 16. Janet Taylor-Birkey “To come alongside our warriors and their families and provide religious support, comfort, and to meet the needs that they have relative to what it means to be in the military … […]

Chief keeps troops aware of changes

Greg Allen When Chief Master Sgt. Geoffrey Preudhomme arrived to the United States from the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1979, he came with a burning desire to make a difference and to succeed in life. The Air Force provided him the avenue to accomplish both goals. Chief Preudhomme has risen from an airman basic […]

Soldiers’ religious service vital part of holy season

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We cut out the lights and engine on the HumVee, drifting through the last 200 yards of woodland, the snapping of branches and the light thudding of the wheels now the only sound to ruffle the South Georgia twilight. We were rolling downhill, a gentle slope, leading into a streambed […]

George Hicks

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. George Hicks Date of birth: Sept. 7, 1924 Dates of service: April 1945 to August 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Veterans need spiritual assistance

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist Richard was like the older brother to much of the neighborhood. Although he was actually Bobby’s older brother, he played that role in a lot of our lives, as some of us had no older brother of our own. When he was in high school, Richard acquired a ’55 Chevy, […]

Chaplain inspired by military pride

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Richard Hall, wing chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base, did a memorial service for a young soldier from Wisconsin during his 2004 deployment in Iraq. The man was serving in Air Force security forces and had only been in Iraq 12 days […]