Business owners anticipate Cannon change of command

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Ashley Torres of Clovis takes orders Saturday at the Foxy Drive-In. Owner Chris Bryant said they’re looking forward to the new people the base change will bring. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Military Feature: Spouses active in community

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nicole Thompson is the Service Center Manager for the Clovis Red Cross. She started in working in Clovis in September of 2006 and has been with the Red Cross for 10 years. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members have a history of […]

‘Bombs’ away

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cannon Air Force Base airmen load weapons Friday during the first of two competitions the base hosted that displayed skills of airmen from eight bases in the 12th Air Force and Hurlburt Field in Florida. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills […]

Cannon airmen training in Guam

CNJ staff Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Neighbors work together on cleanup

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Bob Sellers of Clovis inventories his home on Fairmount Ct. Monday for insurance purposes. Sellers said he and his wife, Dina, have been grateful for help from neighbors and the whole Clovis community. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Hundreds of volunteers descended on a small neighborhood south of Brady […]

Airmen receive orders

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Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson at Cannon Air Force Base sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron F-16 jet to prepare it for its new home. Courtesy photo: Airman Erik Cardenas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Approximately 260 Cannon Air Force Base airmen received new assignments last week as the […]

F-16 personnel moving

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base airmen with positions specific to F-16s will be given new assignments by a relocation team in February, according to a Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson. A team from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas will assign approximately 300 airmen permanent changes of station Feb. 5-9, […]

Airmen receive allowance in error

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Department of Defense audit released last month concluded 10 Cannon Air Force Base airmen received housing allowances worth approximately $79,000 in error, according to a base official. According to a December article in Air Force Times, more than 100 airmen at multiple bases received more than $900,000 in allowances […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Clovis candy company helps soldiers in need

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathy Martinez makes peanut By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Friends of Cannon Families helps airmen bridge financial gaps when needs arise, yet this year the group found its coffers lacking. That is when a Clovis businessman devised a plan to sweeten the pot. During a spring meeting of the […]

The sky is calling: Pilots take to flight early

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply […]

BRAC results won’t hamper appreciation day

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Committee of Fifty President Terry Moberly said the 16th annual Cannon Appreciation Day will be held Friday at Unity Park regardless of whether the air base remains on the Pentagon’s base-closing list. Moberly said base supporters plan to put on their “happy faces” during the event on base while […]

Cannon just like home

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27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. John Posner carves turkey to be served during Cannon Air Force Base’s Thanksgiving dinner Thursday on base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Joshua Webster, 20, has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base for a little over two years. Thursday […]

One of Cannon’s first airmen now a 62-year Clovis resident

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Clovis resident Len Santi was one of the first airmen to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in the 1940s. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Like many Clovis residents, Len Santi came to town with the Air Force. In fact, he was one of the first 150 […]

military briefs

The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is up for a major award due to its role in supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Cannon’s public affairs office. Cannon’s engineers have already won the top honor in the Air Combat Command for their role in turning a desolate airbase in hostile Iraqi […]

Crew chiefs to receive new award at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen serving in the 27th Fighter Wing have a new award they can win — the “Proud Falcon Dedicated Crew Chief of the Quarter.” On Friday, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, presented the first award to Staff Sgt. Steven Johnston before a cheering audience of airmen from […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

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Fitness assessment monitor Pat Friday demonstrates the ergonomic cycle fitness test at Cannon Air Force Base’s Health and Wellness Center while Capt. Mila French and fitness program manager Evan Spencer observe. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical […]

Programs helps prepare airmen for life transitions

By Darrell Todd Maurina Most airmen have decades of working life ahead of them after they leave the military. To help outgoing service members get a good start in their new lives, the Air Force has a designed special program. Known as the Transition Assistance Program, the program isn’t an option — it’s a requirement. […]

Welcoming picnic honors military

By Darrell Todd Maurina Capt. Timothy Jeffries has been at Cannon Air Force Base only three weeks, but he already likes the community of Portales — especially a welcome picnic put on Saturday for the airmen by the Portales community. “I’ve not been to one of these before,” Jeffries said. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s […]