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Pavalok Pavalok John A. Pavalok of Portales recently graduated from the Naval Officer Training School in Newport, R.I., and has been commissioned as O-1 Ensign and will be assigned to Pensacola, Fla., for pilot training to become a naval aviator. He is the son of George and Mary Pavalok of Portales.

Press release: Seven people face felony charges after drug bust in Clovis

During the course of the last three days, Agents assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force have arrested seven individuals and seized $3,000 of cocaine, $5000 in cash currency, a custom motorcycle, a semi-automatic firearm, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Sweet Home New Mexico: Remembering fallen hero

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Mark Forester A few columns back, I mentioned a family friend of ours that was an Air Force combat controller who was killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations in September 2010. The country needs to know of its many fallen heroes. Today, you will learn about one. Senior Airman Mark […]

Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to […]

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, […]

Roswell judge to preside over courthouse video case

CNJ staff A Roswell district judge has been assigned as a special judge to preside over the bond issue election video. It’s the latest move in a case filed by two Clovis men alleging Curry County violated election laws by placing the video in the courthouse lobby days before a bond issue election seeking tax […]

NSPS positions assigned GS pay grades

By April Rowden: Air Force Manpower Agency Public Affairs Office RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas— With only weeks remaining to classify Air Force civilian jobs into the General Schedule personnel system, Air Force classifiers are ensuring National Security Personnel System positions have a current GS title, series and grade before the NSPS conversion out date. […]

Cannon spouse gets involved in census count

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Bethany Mueller hosted a training class in Portales April 15 for crew leaders in the area at Portales City Hall. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community college […]

Trek for Trash event draws record volunteers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rebecca Kimball, from left to right, Hector Baez, Steve Kimball and Anna Kate Kimball pick up trash along Martin Luther King Boulevard during the annual Trek for Trash event on Saturday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Trek for Trash went off without a hitch Saturday as a record 505 […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles was killed when his vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device while on a four-vehicle patrol checking on a local school on March 15 in Afghanistan. He was deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Freedom New Mexico An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base […]

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed Sunday in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. The patrol Bowles was with was checking on a local school when his vehicle […]

Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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U.S. Air Force photo The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base […]

27th SOG recognized

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Group earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award recently for the period from Oct. 1, 2006 to Sept. 30, 2008. The wear of the award is authorized for any airman who, during any portion of the award period, was assigned to […]

Lubbock landing

LUBBOCK, Texas — An Air Force T-1 Jayhawk assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base’s (Del Rio, Texas) 86th Flying Training Squadron landed short of the runway near Preston-Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, shortly before 10 p.m. tonight. The pilots were completing a leg of a routine training flight around Lubbock.

Military digest: Cooper

Department of the Air Force civilian Kevin W. Cooper has arrived for duty at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. Cooper, an auditor with three years of military service, is assigned to the Air Force Audit Agency. His brother, Jamie Cooper, resides in Clovis. In 1999, Cooper received a bachelor’s degree from the University of […]

Air Force officers’ burials this week

CNJ staff Military burials for two U.S. Air Force officers with ties to Clovis who were killed in Iraq will be held this week at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Services for Maj. Troy L. Gilbert are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday. The funeral for Capt. Kermit O. Evans will be held at 9 […]

Hometown hero: Greene

By CNJ Staff Air Force Master Sgt. David N. Greene has deployed to an overseas forward-operating location to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Jeffrey and Pearl Greene of Clovis. The master sergeant graduated in […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. […]

Kassin remembered in Louisiana service

By The Associated Press FORT POLK, La. — Family members wearing T-shirts with pictures on the backs of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who had ties to Clovis attended a memorial service for him at Fort Polk’s main chapel. Sgt. Robert P. Kassin, 29, was serving as part of Task Force Warrior in the southern […]

Housing allowance to rise in January

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), paid to 950,000 service members living off base in stateside areas, will rise in January by an average of 5.9 percent, or $53 a month, say Defense Department pay officials. For 2006, as in years past, changes to individual BAH rates will vary by rank, […]