Honors — June 12

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Montgomery Arden Conrad Montgomery of Portales graduated from Air Force basic training with honors May 20, 2011, at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. He ranked 19th in the honor graduates out of 60. [image #2, align=left, size= medium] The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force […]

Soil health critical for sustainable farming

Soil health is the ability of the soil to produce safe and nutritious crops sustainably without degrading or affecting the environment negatively. An example of a negative effect of an unhealthy soil is water erosion, which removes the fertile surface soil from the farm and deposits it in places where it is unwanted, such as […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, […]

MMA: Cannon airman notches first pro win

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cannon AFB Senior Airmen Gilbert Cuhen got an armbar on opponent Derek Cansino while upside down during the first round of their mixed martial arts fight Friday during Fright Night Fights at the Clovis Civic Center. Cansino submitted to Cuhen 52 seconds into the first round. Gabriel Monte Gilbert Cuhen […]

Air Force veteran receives CHS diploma

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Korean War veteran Troy Howard, right, received Clovis High School diplomas for himself and his brother Saturday during commencement wearing his Air Force uniform from the 1950s. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, left, said it was an honor to recognize the Howard twins. Liliana Castillo After 54 years, being […]

Cannon leaders move on to success

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Courtesy photo Col. Clark was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program in 1986 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. During his 22 years of active-duty service, he has served as a pilot, instructor/evaluator pilot, class commander, assistant director of operations, chief of current operations, chief of safety, and chief pilot. Sharna Johnson Philip […]

Our people: A clean sweep

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico CMS custodian Lois Bunting enjoys her job because she can touch children’s lives. Clovis resident Lois Bunting has worked for Clovis Municipal Schools as a custodian for 22 years. Bunting and her husband Woody Bunting moved to Clovis in 1985 when he received orders to Cannon Air Force Base and […]

Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

Weekly update — May 8

Cannon, police looking into fight Clovis police and investigators from Cannon Air Force Base are looking into a May 1fight that left one man in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the altercation took place around 3 a.m. at a hookah lounge at 700 North Prince St., which is run […]

Community shows support

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Rabiah Memon with ENMR Plateau paints a henna tattoo on fellow Plateau Relayer Sandy Albright during Friday’s Relay for Life at Ned Houk Park. Memon was offering the traditional eastern body art as a fundraising effort for the event. By Alisa Boswell Excitement and cheers filled the air at Ned […]

Press release: Cannon canceling prescribed burns

Due to adverse weather conditions, the 27th Special Operations Wing has cancelled a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range previously scheduled for April 30 – May 3. These fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Great Lake Airlines essential air service contract renewed

Freedom New mexico The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30-May 3. The burns are intended to clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Press release: Prescribed burn by Cannon at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 – May 3. These scheduled fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If weather conditions are not […]

Weekly update —

Boy arrested after reported shooting A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after school administrators reported he shot another student in the eye with an air-gun at Marshall Middle School. Police were called to Marshall at 9 a.m. on a report a student had shot another student with an Airsoft pistol. School officials told an officer […]

Clovis resident in running for national civilian award

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USAF: Senior Airman James Bell Ivan Sarracino, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, receives the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award from Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, on Jan. 13. The Leo Marquez award highlights outstanding achievements in the aircraft maintenance and munitions squadrons across the Air Force. Sarracino won the […]

Cannon squadron hosting industry day

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base will host its second annual industry day April 29, according to a news release. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing Zone. United States Small Business Administration District Director John Woosley will present how his organization […]