Press release: NM senators want military paid if government shutdown happens

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown.

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

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 […]

Military mama: Take care with online life

We live our lives online these days. Between social networking and Skype with our loved ones, the military spouse is often well-connected. There’s a lot of information readily available when we are in need of resources. But we do also need to be mindful of how much and what kind of information we are making […]

Military mama: Night shift has me on ghost patrol

I like to think that I’ve got guts. I’ve certainly spent a great deal of time being on night patrol at home since the night shift rolls up quite often. We have lived in old base housing in some areas that have a pretty interesting history. Our current home doesn’t have much of a background […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Editorial: Military action in Libya not justified

Now in the fifth day of America’s third war, President Barack Obama has failed to offer Congress or the American people a reasonable and thorough justification for Operation Odyssey Dawn, or a definition of the mission and success in Libya. He sought support from European nations and the Arab League in concert with the United […]

Military mama: No heroics behind injuries

Have you ever had an injury so embarrassing that you’d rather suffer in silence than answer the question, “how did you manage that?” Years back, my mom took a wrong step exiting a church staircase. Two stairs and she broke multiple bones in both feet. What a waste of a good injury — the holy […]

Military mama: Reunions bring on tears

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There are so many of my dear friends enduring lengthy deployments of their spouses, I have kept up with their roller coaster of emotions and tried to offer support whenever possible. I understand what a challenge it can be, especially when that military spouse is also a mom. As moms we are used to being […]

Press release: Local Army Reserve battalion completes training in New Jersey

The 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 100th Division, based in Lubbock, Tx, recently completed its Annual Training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Jan. 31, 2011. Despite subfreezing temperatures, the Battalion successfully trained 87 Soldiers in both Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations initial training (MOS-T), as well as the Non-Commissioned Officer Civil Affairs Advanced Leaders […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

First lady, Dr. Biden to launch military family campaign

By Tech. Sgt. John Orrell: National Guard Bureau

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

Military force won’t deter drug cartels

Freedom New Mexico Mexican President Felipe Calderon has promised to send more than 2,500 additional military troops to his northeast border to deal with the growing violence right across from the Rio Grande Valley. Calderon said last month that he would deploy four more battalions, each with about 650 troops, to Mexico’s northeast border. He […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Officials strive to strengthen, empower military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — From educational opportunities to spouse employment, Defense Department officials are expanding military family support programs to better meet families’ current needs, as well as to empower them for the challenges that lie ahead, the DoD official who oversees military family programs said Feb. 17. “It’s not […]

e-books: Cannon Library adds online resources

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Library Director Melissa Haraughty navigates through the Tumble Books Library on one of the library’s computers. As the world turns more to digital in every aspect of their lives, they also turn to electronic books, called e-books. The Cannon Library staff hosts a tutorial about different electronic resources available at […]

Military mama: Store memories within, not in closet

Each year as it starts to warm up I get that urge to purge, clear out the clutter in my home. The first few bags of trash are always easy to go. This is the junk. The things that I would feel embarrassed to donate to a charity, more than likely because one of my […]

Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Military charities see green when you ‘go green’

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can assist military families and help save the environment with a simple click of a mouse. Through March when a TRICARE beneficiary chooses to “Go Green” and opts-in for paperless statements, TriWest will contribute $5 to one of the following military support organizations: […]