Chamber seeking sponsors for airmen

CNJ staff The Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its Sponsor an Air Commando program. The program was established to give airmen a chance to have a home away from home, according to a press release from the chamber. There are now more than 30 airmen on the chamber’s list, waiting to […]

Cannon losing civilian jobs

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base is slated to lose 49 positions and Holloman Air Force Base will lose 57 jobs after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 civilian positions nationwide. Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, said 18 of the 49 eliminated positions at Cannon are vacant. […]

Press release: AIR FORCE CUTS AFFECT 49 CIVILIAN POSITIONS AT CANNON

(From U.S. Air Force) CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – On Nov. 2 the Air Force announced several adjustments to the civilian workforce.

Actions earn airman Air Force Cross

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Courtesy photo: Devon Ravine Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic. Jones saved Gutierrez’ life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan. The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas […]

CSAF presents Air Force Cross, Silver Star in ceremony at Hurlburt Field

USAF: Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presents the Silver Star to Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas, during a ceremony on Oct. 27 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Villegas was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest military decoration, for his gallantry in action against enemy forces while deployed in support […]

Cannon launches 2011 Combined Federal Campaign

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon Air Force Base, has started taking donations for this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, a program in which military members and federal government employees are able to pledge money to a list of charities. The campaign dates for Cannon are […]

News release: Power restored at Cannon Air Force Base

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Power has been restored to all facilities at Cannon Air Force Base.

Cannon extends hours of operation

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Base Exchange and Shoppette at Cannon Air Force Base, will be testing new hours November and December. “The test run was prompted by requests from the 27th Special Operations Wing for extended hours,” said Linda Villiness, Base Exchange office assistant. “In addition, […]

Monday morning briefing: Air Force business and books for cheap

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Business notes Brush up on doing business with the Air Force. A Doing Business with Air Force Special Operations presentation is 9 a.m. Thursday at the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Registration in free. Information: chamber@portales.com or 356-8541. Book bargains The Friends of the […]

Energy conservation: Preparing for cooler weather

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron As we approach the winter months, we should begin preparing our homes and offices for colder temperatures. Un-insulated pipes and improperly maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems caused Cannon Air Force Base more than $400,000 in damages during the last freeze in February 2011. In […]

Cannon holds ceremony to welcome MC-130J

Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Sept. 29 to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the […]

Operation Dark Night helps prepare forces

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group, simulate dragging a wounded soldier to safety during a training exercise Sept. 20 at Melrose Range. The training consisted of several different scenarios and was designed to prepare the special operators for situations they could encounter on real world missions. By […]

TRICARE news: Don’t let excuses keep you from mammogram

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When Mara Street turned 40, she received a call from TRICARE to recommend she go for her first yearly mammogram. Street, who resides in Great Falls, Mont. and is the wife of a retired Air Force captain, didn’t listen at first. “I deleted the message, thinking I’m a healthy […]

Cannon accepting public comments at forums

27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, and Cannon Air Force Base officials answered questions and accepted public comments at four community forums Sept. 19-22 in Albuquerque, Taos, Espa

Planes fill skies at Tucumcari air show

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Nicholas Brown of Tucumcari sits in the cockpit of a A-7 corsair II. Thomas Garcia TUCUMCARI — The light rain and heavy overcast clouds gave way to blue skies and the aircraft performing Wednesday during the Tucumcari Rotary Club/Chamber of Commerce Air Show. “I think we did all right, the […]

Air Force range meetings scheduled

CNJ staff The State of New Mexico Office of Military Planning and Support will host two meetings Thursday regarding the proposed expansion of Melrose Air Force Range. The purpose of the meetings is to provide general information to community members. Representative from the Air Force and the New Mexico State Land Office will be present. […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing and their families get a close up view Thursday of a MC-130J as it arrives at Cannon Air Force Base. It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js that will be delivered to the base in the next fiscal year. Benna Sayyed […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Up close and personal

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Civilians surround an A-10 fighter jet, mingle with airmen, ask questions, and observe the jet’s artillery Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base open house. Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]