Tuesday morning briefing: Early call, a break for moms and a gusher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing Commander’s call If you feel like getting up early Wednesday… The ROTC Commander’s call is at 7:15 a.m. in the Clovis High School Activities Building behind the Rock. There will be an assumption of command for the corps commander and both squadron commanders. There […]

Ex-Cannon commander leading investigation into Pakistani deaths

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has withdrawn from an international conference on stabilizing Afghanistan to protest the deadly attack by American forces on its troops, widening a fresh rupture in ties with a nominal ally that is endangering the U.S. plan for gradually ending the war. In an unusually hostile comment, a top Pakistani army general […]

Cannon commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Col. Albert “Buck” Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is among 40 colonels President Barack Obama has nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. “I am honored to be nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general,” […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior James Moten of the Clovis High School JROTC stands at attention while presenting the colors Friday at Marshall Middle School Veterans Day assembly to honor veterans past and present. Marshall Principal Jay Brady said this is the time their veterans day event was open to the public. Benna […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

JROTC holding change of command ceremony

CNJ staff The Clovis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp will hold the last Commander’s Call and Change of Command ceremony for the 2011 academic year. The event will take place 7 a.m. Wednesday at the AFJROTC Drill Pad. JROTC will pass the leadership of the corps on the next class of cadets and […]

Former Cannon commander nominated for first star

CNJ staff Former Cannon Commander Col. Timothy Leahy has been nominated for his first star, according to the Department of Defense. Leahy is currently serving as knowledge and futures director at the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Leahy is nominated for the rank of brigadier general.

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Base commander returning to Florida

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt Field, […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of Cannon Air Force Base, has been nominated for his first star, which if approved would give him the rank of brigadier general. Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that […]

Base commander: Communication key in low-altitude training issue

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Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark said communication is going to be the key to the Air Force creating a low-altitude tactical navigation area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Cannon hosted eight public meetings within the proposed 94,000 square mile area that Cannon would train its MC-130 and […]

Monday morning briefing: Chiefs alone, Commander’s Call and rich pitches

Commander’s Call: The Air Force Junior ROTC of Clovis High School will conduct its October Commander’s Call Wednesday at the JROTC drill pad. Cadets will arrive at 7 a.m., with the event starting at 7:15 a.m. Col. Phillip Frazee said there will be a large number of promotions, particularly for the newer cadets. Upcoming commander’s […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Business digest — Sept. 7

Housing forum scheduled for Sept. 16 The Regional Growth Planning Office will hold a housing forum 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Clovis Civic Center. The keynote speaker will be Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Special panel presentations will include Tim Farmer, the base’s chief […]

Commander details construction projects on base

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, discusses ongoing projects Tuesday during a Military Base Planning Commission meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Col. Stephen Clark outlined 24 months at Cannon Air Force Base — the […]

Tucumcari hires new police chief

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Jason Braziel, a Tucumcari police officer for 11 years, was hired as the department’s chief on Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Interim Operations Commander Jason Braziel is Tucumcari’s new top cop. Braziel accepted the position of Chief of Police Wednesday. Braziel is an 11-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department. Tucumcari has been without a police […]