Chamber seeking sponsors for airmen

CNJ staff The Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its Sponsor an Air Commando program. The program was established to give airmen a chance to have a home away from home, according to a press release from the chamber. There are now more than 30 airmen on the chamber’s list, waiting to […]

Portales veterans honoring returning, deploying airmen

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 “Hail and Farewell” event Friday listen to a speaker. Once a month since January, the local VFW post has been recognizing Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Support Squadron personnel who are deploying or have returned from deployment. Argen Duncan […]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, […]

Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Airmen barred from three local smoke shops

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Up In Smoke employee Tasha Hicks said there are signs and warnings posted throughout the store cautioning people against ingesting incenses such as “spice” and Salvia. Tuesday, Cannon Air Force Base issued an order making three Clovis smoke shops off limits to airmen because of the herbs. Sharna Johnson Cannon […]

Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

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Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Cannon airmen step in to help save garden

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airmen from the 27th Logistic Readiness Squadron provide help Thursday preparing a field for planting as part of the Gabriel’s Garden project on U.S. 60/84 near the Cannon Air Force Base. Lori Yanez, of Clovis, said that the field was flooded by rain and the equipment she needed to work […]

Family works to send movies to airmen

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Landall Goolsby picks copies of “500 Days of Summer” of the shelves of his movie store Landall’s Box Office to send to airmen overseas. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby […]

Tattoos don’t hinder airmen from serving

Freedom New Mexico At a time when our nation is fighting wars on two fronts, the U.S. Air Force recently — and quietly — expanded its policy to ban all forearm tattoos, thus keeping some recruits who had signed up under the old guidelines from heading out to basic training. Thankfully, the move was rescinded […]

Cannon airmen receive U.S. citizenship

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Airman 1st Class Michael Lazarus, right, is handed a certificate signifying his naturalization as an American citizen from Elizabeth Lee of the United States Citizen and Immigration Service office of Albuquerque Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Now it’s their country, too. After working […]

Military feature: Seminar warns airmen against drunk driving

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Courtesy of Cannon Air Force Base: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen gather around the drunk driving simulator during the national Save a Life Tour at The Landing March 10. The simulator allowed Airmen to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson […]

Airmen share experiences with students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Capt. Nathan Scott of the 73rd Special Operation Squadron said one of the scariest operations he’s experienced was flying over Afghanistan as insurgent forces shot at his plane. He said flying the bodies of fallen soldiers was one of the most sobering experiences of his career. “It means a […]

Cannon looks to build new airmen center

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Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base The 28,000 square foot Dining Hall-Airman Center will consist of a dining facility and is also scheduled to have a post office, community center, and other services. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Cannon officials are consolidating dining, recreation and services venues in one 28,000-square-foot building in anticipation of […]

Sending love along

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Eliana Uvalli, 9, gives 1st Lt. Andy Zelechoski strict instruction on how to draw a squirrel Friday at Mesa Elementary School. “He’s small. And draw him on a hill,” Uvalli said. The airmen visited Mesa on Friday to help the students make Valentine’s Day By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico […]

AFSOC response to GAO report

Statement released Wednesday by Air Force Special Operations Command regarding the Jan. 18 Government Accountability Office report on Cannon Air Force Base: Air Force Special Operations Command worked closely with the General Accounting Office, throughout the audit process, to provide information regarding the transfer of people and equipment to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The […]

Military Feature: Center focuses on wellness

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writers They teach Cannon Air Force Base airmen how to eat, how to shop for groceries, how to exercise and more — all in the interest of promoting overall health and wellness. Airmen can go to the Health and Wellness Center at Cannon for advice and guidance […]

Airmen get homecoming

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Krystal Ramos of Clovis greets her husband, Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramos, Saturday afternoon at Cannon Air Force base following his return from a four-month deployment to Guam. Daughter Jazlynn, 10 months, looks on. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows […]