73 SOS airmen return home

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Airmen from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron and 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group return from their deployment on a C-17 on Oct. 6. Three 73 SOS, 14 27 SOMXG and 10 16 SOS Airmen returned following the C-130W. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A […]

Pilot’s children inspire him to publish book

Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But Beattie said he and his family always make time for each other in their busy schedules. Put it in writing: For a long time […]

First Person: Pilot by day, writer by night

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and wrote a children’s book in his spare time. Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But […]

16th SOS holding flag transfer ceremony

27th SOW Public Affairs The 16th Special Operations Squadron will hold a squadron flag-transfer ceremony at 1 p.m. today to mark the official transfer of the squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., to Cannon Air Force Base. Detachment 1 of the 16th SOS stood up at Cannon in July, 2008, to which a handful of people […]

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 […]

Aircraft arrival

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships land on the Cannon flightline May 19. These are the first of about eight gunships that will be assigned to the base by the end of the summer.

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his […]

Airman prepare for gunship’s arrival

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman Frank Lauria, of the 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight, hands a 105 mm cannon round to an aerial gunner inside a 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunship while training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment […]

Crew chiefs dedicate careers to aircraft

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USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff sergeants Chris Morrelli and Nolan Garrett stand in front of an MC-130W Combat Spear. The two are Dedicated Crew Chiefs for their aircraft, a title only a total eight NCOs at Cannon can claim. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dedicated is an adjective most of us […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a container release system load at the Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise on Sept. 23. The drops are done at least once a week and prepare the aircrews for resupply missions in areas without airfields. By Kevin Wilson: […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a Container Release System load at Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise in September. The drops are done at least once a week to prepare aircrews for resupply missions in areas that have no airfields. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ […]

Airmen graduate leadership course

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Cannon’s newest leaders graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18 during a ceremony at the Landing. ALS prepares Airmen for their role as a noncommissioned The following senior airmen recently graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18. 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Joseph Baudo […]

Squadron coming to Cannon

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Courtesy photo A military spending bill signed by President Bush this month includes six CV-22 aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base. The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt field is slated to fly the aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday […]

8/31 Honors

Artist of the Month Ed Des Lauriers of Clovis is the Pintores Artist of the Month for September. His artwork will be on display at the Clovis-Carver Library through the month. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Pintores Art League. As a design draftsman at Lockheed, commercial pilot and eight years as an aircraft […]

Texas firm awarded contract for Cannon flight simulator

CNJ staff report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Nearby bases utilizing Cannon’s runways

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A C-17 was seen flying over west Clovis Wednesday. The Oklahoma plane was making test runs at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is lending its airfield to aircraft from nearby air bases to practice maneuvers while the base continues its transition […]

Cannon airmen fine tune refueling methods

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz Tech. Sgt. Joshua Creegar, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, prepares to offload the Forward Area Manifold cart from the MC-130W Combat Spear on July 30. By Senior Airman Liliana Moreno: 27th Special Operations Public Affairs As aircraft landed on the blacked out runway, airmen from the Petroleum, […]

Boeing ends contract with CCC citing low participation

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program […]

Cannon receives construction funding

CNJ staff The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that includes $26.4 million earmarked for two construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M. About $18 million will be used be used to build an aircraft maintenance hangar for C-130 aircraft and about $8 […]