CAFB commander grateful for support

By Robert “Rowdy” Yates On behalf of nearly 7,000 Cannon Air Force Base residents, I wanted to thank our local communities for their gracious treatment of your Lethal Warfighters. Specifically, I want to say thank-you to Clovis, Portales, Farwell, and Muleshoe for taking the time, bearing the expense, and for holding your loyal Air Force […]

Rocking the house

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“Tops in Blue” performs the opening number Wednesday at Doc Stewart Park across from Cannon Air Force Base. “Tops in Blue” performed music melodies from various music decades and styles. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Some members of the “Tops in Blue” Air Force entertainment troupe weren’t even born when retired Lt. […]

Tops in Blue concert scheduled

CNJ Staff They may be called Tops in Blue but they won’t be singing the blues when they perform tonight in Clovis. America’s favorite Air Force Band will be tootin’ a selection of pop music ranging from the 1950s up to present when they perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Doc Stewart Park in the […]

Fighting fire with air tractors

By Gary Mitchell When the summer wildfire season breaks out in the western states, one Clovis man and his crew get involved. Ted Stallings, owner/operator of Aero Tech in Clovis, has five firefighting aircraft called “air tractors” heavily involved in fighting fires in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. “Right now, we’re fighting fires big […]

Cannon crews being retrained

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com Now that all 21 of their new F16CJ fighter jets have arrived, Cannon Air Force Base ground crews are undergoing extensive retraining and learning to take care of specialized planes that spent more years in Iraqi combat missions than some crew members have […]

Hurt, Theodore

Theodore Hurt Services: 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Mr. Theodore “Chief Rotten Eagle” Hurt, of Malakoff, Texas, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, died Saturday, June 21, 2003. He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in Bluefield, W. Va., to Robert Griffith and Pansy Hurt. He served in […]

Air Force career gigs sound sweet

By Janet Bresenham For 19 years, Scott Webring has lived a life he considers a musician’s dream. He performs in a band, gets paid for doing what he loves and enjoys a career full of steady gigs. All while serving his country as a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force band “Pegasus,” a division […]

Changing times for the military

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, […]

Saying thanks the best way we know how

Luziano Reyna missed his daughter’s birth because he was working. Last month, he missed her graduation from Clovis High School. Again, he was working. He was working for us. Reyna, from Hereford, Texas, has served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He spent the last six months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi […]

Star-in-waiting to headline patriotic celebration

By Helena Rodriguez Katrina Elam may not be a household name yet, but she is being poised to become the next Faith Hill or Reba McEntire. She is also poised to headline the welcome home celebration for Cannon Air Force Base troops on Saturday at Greene Acres Park. The 19-year-old recording artist and three-time Oklahoma […]