Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]

Base commander to speak at Portales Veterans Day ceremony

Courtesy photo: Joe Blair Don Paschke sings “The Star Spangled Banner” at a past American Legion Veterans Day ceremony in Portales, while other dignitaries listen. The event is occurring for the 63rd time this year. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “…The land of the free and the home of the brave.” The 63rd annual […]

Clovis Builders update Cannon officials on housing plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Cannon Air Force Base wing commander said more airmen than usual are seeking to live on base here, and builders and developers explained their plans for more housing during a meeting Tuesday. Col. Stephen Clark and about 80 real estate agents, builders, developers and Clovis city and school […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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Col. Stephen Clark was in an office on the opposite side of the building where the plane hit the Pentagon. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now […]

Cannon commander concerned about housing

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local growth management officials told the Clovis City Commission they’d be hard-pressed to imagine eastern New Mexico’s future had Cannon Air Force Base shuttered. With its transition to Special Operations Command under way, the base’s commander had concerns Thursday over the future availablility and price of housing to support […]

Press release: 27 SOW commander to brief Clovis City Commission

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Col. Stephen Clark and the Chairman of the Local Growth Management Organization, Lonnie Leslie will be speaking to the Clovis City Commission Aug 6 at 5:15 p.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N Main St, Clovis, N.M.‎ Colonel […]

Commander monitors professional pulse

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cannon Family Practice Element Leader Capt. Lorraine Rivera-Emmanuelli shows personnel information to Lt. Col. James Reineke, chief nurse and Medical Operations Squadron commander. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Lt. Col. Jim Reineke keeps his finger of the professional pulse of the nurses and medical technicians at Cannon Air Force […]

New commander: Base plans won’t change

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, from left to right, Col. Timothy Leahy and Col. Stephen Clark take part in the change of command ceremony Wednesday held on Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

CNJ staff A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. […]

City commission presents exiting Cannon commander key to city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners expressed their views that Col. Tim Leahy will leave Cannon Air Force Base, and Clovis, better than when he found it. The city commission awarded the outgoing commander of Cannon Air Force Base a key to the city Thursday. It was the final commission meeting before […]

Clovis Air Force JROTC will hold final change of command ceremony

The Wildcat Corps of the Clovis High School Air Force JROTC will hold our FINAL Commander’s Call of this school year this Wednesday, 6 May starting promptly at 0730.

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special Operations […]

Oct. 1, 2008 Military Digest

Commander’s Call The Wildcats Corps of the Clovis High School Air Force JROTC will hold its Commander’s Call at 7:30 a.m. today at the JROTC drill field on the high school campus. Ribbons and certificates for orientation flight recipients are the order of the day. Navy Ball VFW Post 3280 will be celebrating the U.S. […]

Colorado police commander new Clovis police chief

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Courtesy photo Steve Sanders, of Northglenn Colo., will assume the duties of Clovis police chief Oct. 13. CNJ staff Steve Sanders of Northglenn, Colo., was hired Monday as Clovis police chief, according to the city manager’s office. He will assume the duties of chief Oct. 13. Sanders, 47, a commander with the Northglenn Police Department, […]

Base commander expresses housing concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing is a “huge concern” for incoming airmen, Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Timothy Leahy told Curry County commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting. With the transition of entire units of personnel from Florida to support Cannon’s new mission, airmen tasked to move are struggling with housing issues, he said. […]

CAFB wing commander promotes volunteerism

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Col. Timothy Leahy currently serves as the 27th Special Operations Wing commander. Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 27-May 3), Col. Timothy Leahy, the 27th Special Operations Wing commander, offered his thoughts about the importance of volunteerism in response to a series of questions from Freedom New Mexico writer Janet Bresenham. Q: […]

Commander: Special ops combat flying missions to begin in June

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Courtesy photo The AC-130 aircraft is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base next summer, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy. He said support staff for the aircraft will start arriving in the fall. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions […]

West nominated for brigadier general

By CNJ Staff Col. Scott D. West, a former Cannon Air Force Base wing commander, was among the 29 colonels in line to be considered for promotion to brigadier general. West now serves as the commander of the 613th Air and Space Operations Center, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He served as […]