Dogs’ adoption becomes joint effort

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Cannon Air Force Base Senior Airman Amber Coker plays with her dogs, Ivory, left, and Koda, in her new home in Portales. Both dogs were adopted by Coker and her boyfriend, Darrin, via the Internet while the two were deployed overseas. Alisa Boswell Two Cannon Air Force Base personnel members made […]

What's Happening: Feb. 3 — Feb. 9

Friday Pre-Deployment Briefings 11 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center

What's Happening: Jan. 13 — Jan. 19

Friday Pre-Deployment Briefings 11 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Youth New Year’s Dance 5:30 p.m. Youth Center

Air Force to enhance travel orders for deployment

By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve customer support and expedite travel voucher payments, Air Force financial management leaders will mandate standardized use of the Defense Travel System for contingency, exercise and deployment travel, officials said. The change will be mostly transparent to the traveler, […]

Military mama: Apology for lacking deployment sympathy

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I committed the cardinal sin of military spouses the other day. No, I’m not talking about the unfair stereotypes of cheaters and gold diggers that are the exception, not the rule. I’m talking about diminishing another spouses’ deployment blues. The words came out of my mouth before I even had a second thought, my response […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

Air Force increases deployment times

By Jon Hanson: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced a change to the air and space expeditionary force rotational baseline from 120 to 179 days for the active component. He said the revised construct will increase predictability and stability for […]

Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

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Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Airmen return from humanitarian mission

Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Deployment opportunities open to civilians

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Qualified Air Force civilians can broaden their career experience and bring valuable knowledge back to the workplace by volunteering for deployments in a variety of career fields, including civil engineering, contracting, intelligence, logistics management and security administration. As part of […]

New DVD helps children deal with deployment

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense and USO officials joined military families at the U.S. Navy Memorial to celebrate the launch of a new DVD created to help military children cope with a parent’s deployment. “With You All the Way” — a joint effort by the Defense Department, USO and the […]

Podcast addresses post-deployment stress

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Servicemembers and their families can get help coping with post-deployment stress through a new series of podcasts profiling the personal stories of those who have lived it. “Combat brings individuals face-to-face with the harshest demands imaginable. In fact, it’s impossible to be unaffected by these experiences. Stress reactions, family […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

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 medics return from aid work

Freedom New Mexico Five Cannon Air Force Base medics are being welcomed back from their humanitarian deployment on the USNS Comfort with a gathering at the base clinic 9:30 a.m. Monday. The Airmen, assigned to the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, were deployed in a joint services environment on the USNS Comfort. The primary mission […]

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 […]

Pre-deployment checklist includes TRICARE

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Getting your family’s affairs in order during your pre-deployment days can be hectic, to say the least. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook your TRICARE benefit — but don’t worry. Making sure your family has healthcare coverage while you’re deployed is as easy as […]

Deployment stress taking its toll

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I never realized how much influence Uncle Sam had over my marriage until a few days ago.

Educators get deployment experience

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Educators from Mesa and Ranchvale elementary schools in Clovis enter a field tent during the Teachers Understanding Deploy-ment Operations event April 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections “Just be careful. Some insurgents do take windows of opportunity to get at Westerners,” Airman 1st Class Michael […]

Area teachers learn about deployment

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Mesa Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Zane Klein talks with Airman 1st Class Erin McKee and Senior Airman Chrissie McKee at the medical section of a mock deployment line during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event at Ca By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “Just be careful. Some insurgents […]