C-130s maintain steady ops in Afghanistan

USAF: Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol C-130 Hercules aircraft deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron are shown June 6 on the flightline at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 774th EAS is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield. By Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol: Air Mobility Command Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan […]

Security Forces airmen issued ‘best friend’

By Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley, 451st AEW Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Outside the kennels at Kandahar Airfield in late March, several otherwise stoic security forces airmen gushed to their dogs, which jumped happily as they were released into the rocky yard. The airmen stressed, however, that these are not pets. These are […]

Air Force recognizes Cannon NCO

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. Carla Plummer, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, received the Air Force’s 2009 Airfield Management Training Achievement Award recently for her efforts in overhauling the training program at Cannon Air Force Base. Her notable achievements included revamping the training program to meet new mission requirements and creating a local certification […]

Recommended holiday mailing dates released for Afghanistan

By Tech. Sgt. John Jung: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — U.S. Postal Service officials announced its recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military servicemembers serving overseas at APO/FPO addresses in Afghanistan. Holiday mail send via first-class mail and priority mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be […]

First M-ATVs arrive in Afghanistan

By Senior Airman Susan Tracy: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Two mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles arrived at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Oct. 1, after being offloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III. The M-ATVs arrived less than a day after leaving Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 30. The M-ATV’s are […]

Predators on patrol in Afghanistan

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse Maj. Rick Wageman operates the virtual cockpit of an MQ-1 Predator on Oct. 25 at a base in southern Afghanistan. By Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — As the demand for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance assets in Afghanistan increases, a small […]

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 adjusts airfield hours

By CNJ staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Local residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours as Cannon Air Force Base has adjusted the hours of its airfield operations to further accommodate Air Force Special Operation Command’s mission requirements. New hours of operation for Cannon’s airfield will be from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., […]

Cannon adjusts airfield operation hours

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Cannon Air Force Base has adjusted the hours of its airfield operations to further accommodate Air Force Special Operation Command’s mission requirements. Hours of operation for Cannon’s airfield are currently from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., so local residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours. Airfield operations vary […]

Air Force showing its wings

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly through the skies over Clovis during the 2002 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then […]

Cannon AFB, Clovis history intertwined

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Local historian Don McAlavy is among the few Clovis residents who remembers what the city was like before an old civilian airstrip west of town became Clovis Army Air Base in June 1942. The airfield started as Portair Field on June 28, 1929, when one of the predecessors […]