No strike fighter, but Holloman gets F-16s

The Associated Press HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE — Holloman Air Force Base wasn’t selected Thursday as a home for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the Air Force says the base near Alamogordo instead will be receiving two F-16 training squadrons. Air Force officials say making Holloman into an F-16 training site offers a […]

Airmen receive orders

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Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson at Cannon Air Force Base sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron F-16 jet to prepare it for its new home. Courtesy photo: Airman Erik Cardenas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Approximately 260 Cannon Air Force Base airmen received new assignments last week as the […]

F16s’ future discussed

Q and A Loren B. Thompson is the executive director of the Lexington Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Arlington, Va., mostly engaged in defense policy work. He discussed the role of the F-16 fighter jet (Cannon Air Force Base is home to 80 F-16s), assessing the military value of an air base, and […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Air Force flexes its muscle

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Garison Bohler, 2, and his dad Matt Bohler, of Muleshoe, Texas, watch a performance during the 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. An A-10 Warthog is in the background. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Chilly temperatures and intermittent rain showers at Saturday’s 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air […]