What's Happening: Dec. 21 — Dec. 29

Wednesday Retiree Wednesday All day Whispering Winds Pre-Separation: Retirees 9 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Thursday Thrift Shop/Airman’s Attic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bldg. 310

Romney’s health care proposal worth another look

F or about 10 days last month, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney floated an idea that should have been of keen interest to military veterans in retiree-rich communities. He suggested partly privatizing the veterans health care system. “Sometimes you wonder,” Romney said Nov. 11, “if there would be some way to introduce some private-sector competition, […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Benavidez family strikes a pose Friday inside Children’s Haven Daycare, which the family operates in Portales. From left to right Cambree, 2, Dana, Patrick, and Caylee, 4. Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s […]

Our people: Retiree keeps busy

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Courtesy photo Ross was the principal of the Eugene Field Elementary School in 1968. Longtime area educator G.C. Ross, 72, was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honor during homecoming celebrations Sept. 25. An alumnus of the university, Ross said he was “very honored. I was humbled to be included in such an […]

Retiree dental coverage available for purchase

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Good oral health is an important part of maintaining overall health and a military retiree’s access to dental coverage doesn’t end when they hang up their uniform. With the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, retired servicemembers can purchase affordable dental coverage for themselves and their eligible family members. The […]

Retiree continues creating art

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Armenta paints in his Base Exchange studio. Armenta creates custom designs and has other original artwork for sale. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Military aircraft fly, a cow’s skull rests against a fence post in the snow and a child’s eyes gaze at the world, all on the walls of […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

Courtesy photo Bob Elliott, a former Air Force aircraft maintenance technician, graduated with his doctorate May 8 at Texas Tech University. Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who […]

First person: Retiree keeps busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carole Eggleton says she came to Clovis 30 years ago and loves the city for the warm, friendly, good people that live here. CNj staff Carole Eggleton, 76, stays active by swimming three days a week and volunteering with the Curry Resident Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels programs. She […]

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 […]

Retiree addresses ALS graduates

By Tech. Sgt. Angela Shepherd: 1st SOW Public Affairs Hurlburt Field, Fla. — Graduation day for Airman Leadership School students is a joyous occasion. However, the students of Class 08-F at Hurlburt Field’s ALS enjoyed an even happier day thanks to a special guest speaker. Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Eric Benken, […]

Military feature: Retiree directs aviation course

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Robert Elliott, a former Cannon Air Force Base airman, was hired in June as the director for ENMU’s aviation science program. Robert Elliott doubts that he’ll ever meet his students in person. With his computer serving as a virtual classroom, Elliott will teach online courses in aviation science from Eastern […]

Retiree stayed heavily involved in community

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist “Once upon a time,” said Bill Duckworth of Clovis in 1951, “a man named August Schmidt had a saloon and the first day of June, the landlord called on him and said “Well, August, everything seems to be going up, so the first of July I am going to raise […]

Retiree directs aviation course

Cannon Connections: Karl Terry Robert Elliott, a former Cannon Air Force Base airman, was hired in June as the director for ENMU’s aviation science program. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Robert Elliott doubts that he’ll ever meet his students in person. With his computer serving as a virtual classroom, Elliott will teach online courses in […]

Sports briefly

Cannon Lanes Bowling — Cannon Lanes will be open Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cosmic Family Fun — 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Whispering Winds (784-2800) Senior Golf League — 9 a.m. Tuesday. Golfers must be 50 years or older to play. Retiree Special — Golfers with a retired military identification card receive 50 […]

Plan’s changes don’t benefit spouses

By John Fondrick All the hoopla over the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan breaks down to political votes and whose pocket it will come out of. This is do-nothing, feel-good legislation so politicians can say “Look what I did for the veterans. Vote for me.” In reality, plans that call for increasing SBP benefits from 35 […]