Air Force plans visit later this month

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A cross section of individuals from the Air Force 16th Special Operations Wing will visit eastern New Mexico in late July, chiefly to experience the resources of the region, according to local officials. Twenty to 30 members of the 16th Wing will visit with area officials July 20-21, according […]

With Cannon secure, the real work begins

The beaming smiles on the faces of the overflow crowd at the Clovis Civic Center on Saturday won’t go away for a long while. But the red, white and blue bunting and the flags are put away. And the politicians and military brass left for Fourth of July celebrations elsewhere. So it is official. Operation […]

July 2, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Politicians to thank for new mission Moaning about politicians is as American as apple pie, and with the partisanship in Washington, that makes sense. The salvation of Cannon Air Force Base, however, showed us that New Mexico’s leaders deserve our respect and our gratitude for their service. When Cannon appeared on the Base Realignment and […]

Delegation recognizes determination

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleEastern New Mexico residents cheer and wave flags as the VIP delegation is introduced at Saturday’s Operation Kept Cannon celebration. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Dressed in cowboy boots and blue jeans, a man from Clovis appeared on a doorstep to see the commander of the Air Force Special Operations […]

Special Operations to have latest military technology

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLt. Gen. Michael. W. Wooley, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command talks to the media at Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. […]

Minyard, Raymond Curtiss

Raymond Curtiss Minyard, 77, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home in Clovis. He was born Aug. 31, 1928, to Homer E. and Dollie Thurman Minyard in Holliday, Texas. In 1953, he married Mary Margaret Minyard in Newburg, N.Y. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1974 at […]

Unit tackles terror

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By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the […]

New mission, new market

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocksales consultant Eric Hall shows Betsy Matthies the inside of a Ford Expedition on Tuesday at Hamilton Ford on Prince Street. Matthies and her husband, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, ordered a Ford Focus. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Governor promotes economic growth

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The economy of eastern New Mexico is on the mend was the message of Gov. Bill Richardson, who visited Clovis on Saturday to announce the arrival of a major ethanol plant and celebrate the landing of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Both developments will strengthen […]

Volunteers to thank for saving Cannon

Letters to the Editor We are pleased to hear the good news about the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Your community has some great volunteers who have participated with the Committee of Fifty and their dedication over the years has paid off. We are only sorry that Doc Stewart is not here to celebrate […]

Air Force requires new study

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

Airmen’s center to go forward

CNJ Staff Plans to build a new airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base will move forward now that the Pentagon has announced that the base will be home to an Air Force Special Operations wing, according to a press release from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The […]

Florida town speaks well of Special Ops

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Residents of the Florida town now home to Air Force Special Operations refer to the unit as good neighbors, and said Clovis will receive an asset in the 16th Special Operations squadron. A town of roughly 20,000 people, Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community located on the Florida […]

Official: Changes come with new mission

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer When the new tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing — arrive, the face of Clovis will alter, according to an administrator at Hurlburt Field, a Florida Panhandle installation where the wing and Air Force Special Operations Command are housed. “There will be […]

Cannon mission kept below public radar

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing emerged as a good fit for Cannon Air Force Base quickly after Cannon was placed in enclave status last August, its three F-16 squadrons assigned elsewhere. The base would have closed if a mission had not been found by 2010, under […]

Special Ops Pentagon priority

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Airmen with a Special Operations squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., train Philippine airmen to use a rope ladder. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico inherited a mission that military officials have sketched as a premier weapon in the fight against terrorism when officials announced Tuesday that the 16th […]

Move will give crowded Florida base more room

By Mladen Rudman : Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD — Changes are on the way for the 16th Special Operations Wing, part of which will be moved to Cannon Air Force Base starting in late […]

Cannon lands Special Ops unit

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(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, left, and Clovis Mayor David Lansford applauded the will and perseverance of area residents for helping Cannon Air Force Base secure a new mission. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent […]

Thanks to all who helped save Cannon

Freedom Newspapers The longest stretch of never-ending uncertainty in the economic history of this eastern New Mexico area — from May 13, 2005, to June 20, 2006 — is finally over. That noise emanating from this region wasn’t the wind, just a combination of sighs of relief and thankful prayers at the news that Cannon […]