The Fighter: Cannon airman pursues passion for mixed martial arts while serving

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cuhen, a senior airman at Cannon Air Force Base, executed an arm bar hold that forced his opponent, Derek Cansino of Lubbock, to tap out during a fight May 27 at the Clovis Civic Center. The win gave Cuhen his first professional victory in the 135-pound class. Gabriel Monte Fighting is […]

Military mama: Story of how we met rather unconventional

My love story is unconventional; an airman living the bachelor life in Hawaii, and a theatre major in Utah don’t easily cross paths. We definitely started as a one in a million shot, but go big or go home. I was visiting home over Christmas break, and John had just injured himself while boogie boarding. […]

MMA: Cannon airman notches first pro win

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cannon AFB Senior Airmen Gilbert Cuhen got an armbar on opponent Derek Cansino while upside down during the first round of their mixed martial arts fight Friday during Fright Night Fights at the Clovis Civic Center. Cansino submitted to Cuhen 52 seconds into the first round. Gabriel Monte Gilbert Cuhen […]

Air Commando spotlight: Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito

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Courtesy photo Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito • Name/rank: Senior Airman Jaime Hipolito • Hometown: Clovis • Air Force career field: Client systems apprentice • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron • Accomplishments: Senior Airman Hipolito began his Air Force career at Cannon in 2009 with the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron. Since then, he has […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman Matthew Lamastus

USAF photo Airman Matthew Lamastus • Name/rank: Airman Matthew Lamastus • Hometown: Bowling Green, Ky. • Air Force career field: Tactical Aircraft Maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron/20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit • Accomplishments: Lamastus prepared a short-notice unit mobility package for the Operation Odyssey Dawn tasking consisting of vehicles and equipment pallets. […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez

USAF photo • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez • Hometown: Libertyville, Ill. • Air Force career field: Aerospace maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Accomplishments: Hernandez is a dedicated maintainer who adapts easily to new situations. He was recognized for outstanding performance as the best in his First Term Airman […]

Honors — April 3

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Neikirk [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Airman Andrew M. Neikirk has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Chris Neikirk of Lew Wallace Drive, Clovis, N.M. Neikirk graduated in 2008 from House High School.

Tops in Blue

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base sings one of her several solos during Tops in Blue. Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base performed Wednesday with 29 other Tops in Blue performers at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Warnick, 23, auditioned for Tops in Blue […]

Cannon airman recognized for clinical excellence

USAF: James Bell Capt. David Martinez of the 27th Special Operations Medical Dental Operations Squadron won the Air Force’s top award for medical personnel in February. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections On paper, Capt. David Martinez’s name stands alone as the winner of the Air Force’s clinical excellence company-grade award. But Martinez, of the 27th […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth

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USAF photo Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth Name/rank: Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth Hometown: Waianae, Hawaii Air Force career field: Fire protection Squadron: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Accomplishments: Since May 2010, Airman First Class Hayworth has been turning the heads of many supervisors and leaders. As a dedicated Air Commando, he […]

Cannon airmen team players

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Courtesy photo Curry County Cats free safety Joseph Stevens, a staff sergeant at Cannon Air Force Base, left, returns an interception 91 yards in the second half of the Cats’ New Mexico Premier League debut. The touchdown helped seal a 43-31 win over the defending NMPL champ New Mexico Crush. Kevin Wilson Defending the nation […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman Ericka Jae Engblom

USAF photo Airman Ericka Jae Engblom • Name/rank: Airman Ericka Jae Engblom • Hometown: Edmonds,Wash. • Air Force career field: Still photographer • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs • Accomplishments: Engblom is a new photographer with 27 SOW Public Affairs. Although she’s only been in the Air Force for one year, she ran […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson

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Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Hometown: Mankato, Minn. • Air Force career field: Airfield management • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Accomplishments: In 2010 Johnson was selected as Trainee of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (squadron […]

Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Cannon airman faces charge after shooting self in leg

CNJ staff A 39-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces a possible misdemeanor charge after shooting himself in the leg Saturday. Curry County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound at a home in the 3000 block of Cottonwood Drive around 8:45 p.m. Initially, the injured man could not tell officers what […]

Special duty team will brief Cannon airmen

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Have you ever considered taking on the challenge of replenishing the ranks of the Air Force as a recruiter, or molding civilians into motivated airman as a military training instructor? How about mentoring and guiding airman as they transition from basic military training as a military training leader? The Air […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg

USAF photo Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Name: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Hometown: Park Falls, Wis. • Air Force career field: Vehicle operations • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Accomplishments: Kieweg works in vehicle operations and has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base since 2009. In 2010 he […]

Cannon airman featured in ‘Portraits in Courage’ Vol. V

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The latest “Portraits in Courage” released Dec. 10 highlights 18 airmen who demonstrated bravery and heroism in the crucible of war as they repelled air and ground enemy fire, led convoys through perilous terrain and assisted injured comrades. The stories describe […]

Airmen recall Order of the Sword ceremony

USAF photo: Senior Airman Sheila deVera Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, left, acknowledges the applause from the audience as his wife Ronda, center left, retired Chief Master Sgt. James Binnicker, the ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, center right, and Chief Master Master William Turner, 27th Special Operations […]

Turkey trot

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Sarah Watson, left, ran a little ahead her father, Tech. Sgt. Rich Watson, right, and her brother Nick Watson. Airman 1st Class Jeff Swislocki won Friday’s Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run as he expected. Swislocki said he participates in as many fun runs or marathons he can, including the monthly […]