Air Force done with decals

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In 2005, the Air Force spent $727,000 printing vehicle decals. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Vehicle decals will no longer be required to enter Air Force bases in the United States, according to Air Force officials. A February memo issued by Air Combat Command (ACC), which oversees Cannon Air […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

Cannon measure proposed

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C-130s are among the planes expected to be assigned to Cannon after the Special Ops transition. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. […]

Cannon B-Ball places 2nd at Holloman AFB tournament

Courtesy of the Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team The Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team, the Lethal Hoops, came in runner up at a Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., double-elimination tournament Sunday after a startling comeback from a first game loss. Three weeks earlier they lost two games to Holloman as part of team tryouts. When […]

Working outside comfort zones ensures smooth transition

Lt. Col. Stephen Wood In the next six to 12 months the members of Team Cannon will be pushed to their “max” to effectively transition to a new organization. Pending the outcome of the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement, Cannon Air Force Base will transition from the 27th Fighter Wing to the 16th Special Operations Wing […]

Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Cannon captain sentenced

CNJ staff Editor’s note: This report contains language that some readers may find offensive. A Cannon Air Force Base captain was sentenced to one year of military confinement and will be dismissed from the Air Force after he was found guilty of molesting an 8-year-old boy, according to base officials. Capt. Robert Bitner, 30, was […]

Raptors ready to roll

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A F-22 Raptor is displayed at Canon Air Force Base on Saturday. The fighter was one that Holloman Air Force Base will start receiving in 2008. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ Staff Writer A pair of F-22 Raptors stopped at Cannon Air Force Base to get a taste of New Mexico […]

Cannon slims aircraft transfers

Representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard work as part of the Transfer/Acceptance Inspection Rapid Improvement Event to slim a 16-day task to five days as part of AFSO 21. 2nd Lt. George Tobias Huddled in a small conference room with walls covered in post-it-notes, representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command […]

Cannon Tax Center saves Cannon community $70,965, still counting

Courtesy of the Cannon Legal Office The Cannon Tax Center has been open a month and has already saved Cannon taxpayers $70,965 as of this week. Those numbers are expected to continue to grow. The center has completed 427 federal tax returns, 606 state returns and has achieved $971,128 in total refunds so far this […]

Military Feature: Cannon Air Force Base awards bestowed

By CNJ staff The following received awards for outstanding leadership and service last year at Cannon Air Force Base during its 2007 Annual Awards Ceremony held Feb. 10 at The Landing: • Airman of the Year: Senior Airman John Castle, 524th Fighter Squadron. • Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Andrea Lee, 27th Aeromedical […]

New guidelines for ID card now in effect for everyone

Janet Taylor-Birkey At least one document must have a photo Effective immediately, all personnel being issued common access cards and other identification cards, including for dependents, retirees and Reservists, must present two forms of identification. At least one of the two IDs must have a photograph, according to new guidelines from the Department of Defense […]

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 […]

523 FS begins to move out

Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron jet. Some jets have already left and others will soon be departing, but the 27th Fighter Wing will remain mission ready. Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s 523rd Fighter Squadron jets are making history by being the first jets to leave Cannon […]

Former chaplain’s advice on transition

Janet Taylor-Birkey Retired Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter was hosted by the Cannon Chapel for the 2007 Annual Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 1. In an interview after the breakfast, Mrs. Potter spoke candidly about Cannon, transitions and the importance of family. In her third visit here since 1975, Potter said she is impressed with the attractiveness […]

Economic office will provide growth advice

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth Management […]

Leaders assess local projects

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis and Curry County leaders talked roads, projects and progress Tuesday at a joint city/county luncheon. Curry County Commission Chairman Albin Smith said the quarterly luncheon is “an opportunity for us to sit right here and have a brainstorming session … and also for us to pat ourselves on […]

Military budget includes Cannon construction

By CNJ staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: —$7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]

Local tobacco costs rising

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It costs to smoke in today’s society, and the prices continue to soar. A recent law passed in Texas increased the cost of cigarettes by more than $1 per pack, leaving smokers a bit uneasy about their own future going up in smoke. But Cannon smokers shouldn’t see those increases come to […]

Base realignment measure shouldn’t affect Cannon

CNJ staff Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., has asked the Air Force to determine if a military spending measure that the House passed Wednesday could adversely impact New Mexico Air Force installations, according to his spokesperson, Chris Gallegos. The House spending measure — to be considered by the Senate in coming weeks — provides extra money […]