Tour of Nevada, Colorado air bases shows big picture

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Juan Garza, Clovis businessman and city commissioner, tries out a minigun, which rapid-fires six bullets at once, on a Pavehawk helicopter Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. Courtesy photo: Ernie Kos. Ray Sullivan: CNJ publisher For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of […]

N.M. Civil Air Patrol to take on new role

Reporter’s Notebook Pilots and crews operating 14 Civil Air Patrol planes recently flew dozens of reconnaissance exercises covering hundreds of square miles of remote and nearby inaccessible areas to practice a new a growing role for CAP: homeland security. Air crews and support personnel from Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Los Alamos […]

Cannon crews being retrained

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com Now that all 21 of their new F16CJ fighter jets have arrived, Cannon Air Force Base ground crews are undergoing extensive retraining and learning to take care of specialized planes that spent more years in Iraqi combat missions than some crew members have […]