Spread-the-Word Tour coming to Cannon

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The Air Force Personnel Center is coming to Cannon on April 23 for a Spread-the-Word Tour. A team of four people will be available to answer questions on personnel service delivery as well as listen to feedback about civilian and military personnel systems and deployment processes. Two briefings with question-answer-sessions […]

Open enrollment ongoing for civilian benefits

Air Force News Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here announced the open season for three civilian benefit programs continues until Dec. 8. The three programs are the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, or FEHB; the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP; and the Federal Flexible Spending Account, […]

Locals received pilot training close to home

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico In the late 1930s and early 1940s area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the Nation Museum of the United […]

Cannon looking to fill civilian positions

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base maintained a higher than expected civilian workforce during its transition to a special operations wing. The Civil Service workforce at Cannon dropped from 730 in 2006 to 570 at present. However, the civilian personnel office is looking to fill 50 positions on base, according to Cannon Public Affairs Spokesman […]

Cannon holds annual awards dinner

CAFB photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Fischer present the 3rd Special Operations Squadron with the award for Squadron of the Year. Cannon Air Force Base held its wing annual awards dinner Feb. 9 at The Landing.

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 […]

Veterans Day commemorates all who served and still serve

Greg Allen In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as “Armistice Day,’” and called for a suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. and a day of parades and public meetings. Following World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 changing the name of the legal […]

Using education benefits helps set up a life of success

Master Sgt. Karin Wickwire-Krause What one benefit is available to military and Department of Defense civilian personnel, renews itself each year, and by using that benefit a person can set themselves up for success not only in their current duties, but for the future as well? Anyone who has pursued, or thought of pursuing, a […]

Career grocer takes reins of commissary

By Tom Philpott: Military Update After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

Ex-military firefighter finds satisfaction in civilian life

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Clovis firefighter Chris Elam says he has enjoyed the transition from Air Force firefighter to civilian firefighter. (File photo) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Chris Elam joined the Air Force out of high school because he wanted to fight fires, but found the military didn’t fit his needs. He found what he was looking […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Illegal aliens land at Cannon

Keith Pannell 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. In the late morning of May 16, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of […]

Close relations with India worth taking chance

Freedom Newspapers To those who remember the sometimes contentious and troubled relations between India and the United States, especially during the Cold War, the sight of President Bush and Indian President Manmohan Singh rubbing shoulders and proclaiming eternal friendship last Monday might have seemed a little jarring. President Bush’s offer to change U.S. laws to […]

Scare tactics, poor information not persuasive

Freedom Newspapers The fight to maintain our rights is a never-ending struggle, as we’ve been reminded by an organization called the Freedom States Alliance. This is an outfit that uses scare tactics about terrorism to push its anti-gun agenda. Pictured on the front of a FSA postcard is a civilian airliner with an illustration of […]

Cannon by numbers

A look at Cannon Air Force Base: 4,295 — Feet above sea level 3,201 — Enlisted airmen in the work force at Cannon 683 — Housing units on the base 614 — Civilian employees in the work force at Cannon 270 — Enlisted officers in the work force at Cannon 103 — Streets on Cannon […]

Military medical jobs to be civilianized

Tom Philpott Starting with the Navy next July, the services will begin a multi-year effort to replace thousands of uniformed medical personnel in base hospitals and clinics with federal civilian hires and, in some cases, private contractors. This is part of the Bush administration’s plan to “transform” the military, in this case by converting 10 […]

Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to […]

Portales man protected info on Saddam capture

By Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture […]