William D. “Bill” Ohr

Date of birth: Nov. 11, 1921 Dates of service: Aug. 27, 1942, to Dec. 21, 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe Branch: U.S. Army Rank: Private First Class Unit and specialty: 574th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion Lives in: Monroe, Mich. Veterans organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ohr had been working on the family […]

Local airports land funds for improvement

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Kenneth McMahan, Charles Wiley

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Kenneth McMahan Date of birth: July 29, 1918 Lives in: Clovis Hometown: St. Vrain Dates of service: Jan. 17, 1941 to Sept. 16, 1945 […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

Oscar C. Witt

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Oscar C. Witt Date of birth: June 19, 1919 Dates of service: Jan. 15, 1940 to Sept. 15, 1945 Lives in: Logan Hometown: Vancouver, […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]

Guide to the Fighting Falcon

Detachment 9 instructor, Staff Sgt. Walter Lansford points out switches that Airman 1st Class Stacey Blackburn (right), 27th Equipment Maintenence Squadron, will use for the flight control operational checkout. Melanie Salazar Classes are always in session in building 785, where the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 9 instructors equip many Cannon Airmen with the knowledge they […]

Training help

Amn. 1st Class Nate Shank transmits target data to his Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), updating target descriptions and locations. Melanie Salazar Behind the crumbling buildings of a small town in New Mexico, hid members of a terrorist training camp. Overhead, an American pilot soared above ground, speaking on his radio to Staff. Sgt. Israel […]

AGE has it covered

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Davis performs a servicing inspection on a C-10 Air Conditioner. All equipment handled by the AGE technicians is required to be inspected at certain intervals. Photo by Melanie Salazar. Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS “Quality connection, AGE anytime anywhere,” reads a sign in the aerospace ground equipment [AGE] maintenance shop. […]

Skies to host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mach Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

F16s’ future discussed

Q and A Loren B. Thompson is the executive director of the Lexington Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Arlington, Va., mostly engaged in defense policy work. He discussed the role of the F-16 fighter jet (Cannon Air Force Base is home to 80 F-16s), assessing the military value of an air base, and […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Nobody does it better

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Airman 1st Class Jonathan Bish, of the 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons Flight, checks for damage to a launcher on an F-16 fighter jet Friday at Cannon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When asked how Cannon’s 27th Maintenance Group won the Daedalian Award for being the […]

Money headed to Clovis Municipal Airport

By Gary Mitchell The Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $457,818 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to the facility, according to New Mexico’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., reported Friday that the U.S. Transportation Department has approved an award of 19 grants worth more than $5.53 million to […]

Reporter’s Notebook — Coming Home

Holy Jets, Batman! CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander at Cannon, may have discovered a sure-fire way to protect air crews and aircraft. Just before the 524th Fighter Squadron was to be deployed to what was then Operation Southern Watch in the Persian Gulf, he called a few […]