Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

Cannon slims aircraft transfers

Representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard work as part of the Transfer/Acceptance Inspection Rapid Improvement Event to slim a 16-day task to five days as part of AFSO 21. 2nd Lt. George Tobias Huddled in a small conference room with walls covered in post-it-notes, representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command […]

Letters to the Editor: Article misrepresents Chinese culture

Regarding the Jan. 26 article “Area woman teaches English, God’s Love in China:” There are some ideas expressed in this article that are not correct. I, along with my Chinese classmates at Eastern New Mexico University, would like to explain some things about China. First, the article reports it is illegal to be Christian in […]

Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ: We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis. The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 […]

Air Force jet crashes in Iraq

Coalition forces support

An F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Cannon Air Force Base flies a close-air-support mission Oct. 23 for coalition forces on the ground. An F-16 from Cannon similar to this one crashed Monday in Iraq. (Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 […]

Reading a person’s ‘indicator lights’ describes a unit’s health

Col. Bob West As I look around the 27th Fighter Wing, what really stands out are the people. In our Air Force, such phrases as “take care of your people” and “people are our most valuable resource” are common. Never has it been more important to take care of our people then now. With the […]

Security bans: How far will airports go?

By Freedom Newspapers The arrests in England of those accused of plotting to blow up American airliners has reawakened the public to the threat that international terrorism poses. Fortunately, British counter-terrorism agents, with significant help from Pakistani intelligence officials, detected the plot weeks ago and moved in to stop it as it reached “a critical […]

Fighter wing has history with Cannon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech Sgt. James Elmore hopes he will remain at Cannon Air Force Base after the 27th Fighter Wing is decommissioned. Elmore is the wing’s historian. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty […]

Integrity today means an Air Force career tomorrow

Maj. James Rich Today’s Air Force continues to emphasize the whole person concept and foot stomps that what we do both on and off duty can affect the length and success of our military careers. It should be obvious to even the newest Airmen that on-duty actions heavily determine the speed of promotion, getting that […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Fireballs test abilities in multinational event

Cannon’s F-16s sit ready to launch next to F-16s from the Turkish air force during the Falcon Air Meet 2006, hosted by Jordan in May. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals More than 150 Cannon Airmen and aircraft from the 522nd Fighter Squadron “Fireballs” traveled to Jordan for three weeks in May to participate in the first-ever […]

Special Operations to have latest military technology

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLt. Gen. Michael. W. Wooley, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command talks to the media at Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. […]

Air Force leaders to visit Cannon

27th Fighter Wing Pubic Affairs Air Force dignitaries will visit Cannon and Clovis today and Saturday to speak with the media and the public about Cannon’s future as the home of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Honorable William Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command […]

Ethanol plant news caps off eventful week

Freedom Newspapers The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable […]

Air Force requires new study

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

Cannon celebration in works

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007 along with […]

Robert “Bob” Lydick

Robert “Bob” Lydick Date of birth: Oct. 17, 1923 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Erie, Kan. Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: U.S. Navy Rank: Fire controlman second class Unit and specialty: USS St. Paul fire controlman Veterans organizations: VFW 3280 In his words: Bob Lydick left his job at a tool […]

Ahead of the curve

Senior Airman Wilfredo Nieves inspects the safety wires of the main gun system on a M61A1 20mm gun. Airman Thomas Trower Armament shop streamlines weapon inspection Though maintenance shops throughout the Air Force perform preventative maintenance on their equipment, one Cannon shop has spearheaded the effort to minimize the downtime of operational jets in each […]

Richard M. Flint

Richard M. Flint Date of birth: Nov. 17, 1932 Dates of service: 1950 to 1971 Hometown: San Jon Conflict: Korean War Branch: Air Force Rank: Master sergeant Unit and specialty: Aircraft mechanic, armament and crew chief Lives in: San Jon In his words: After completing training to work on jets, Flint spent time in Europe, […]

Weather watchers

Janet Taylor-Birkey A misconception about the job of forecasters at Cannon is that they simply look at the weather outside and tell everyone the obvious, said James Kratzer, Cannon meteorologist. But the Cannon Weather Station does not deal in the obvious; Their job is to examine and interpret weather data, for the safest execution of […]