Airmen step into the cage

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Courtney Wesley, jujitsu trainer and coach, examines U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marc Hightower after he was inadvertently jabbed in the eye during a Mixed Martial Arts Competition Dec. 10 in Clovis. Though temporarily blinded in one eye, Hightower, an airman in the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron at […]

The Fighter: Cannon airman pursues passion for mixed martial arts while serving

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cuhen, a senior airman at Cannon Air Force Base, executed an arm bar hold that forced his opponent, Derek Cansino of Lubbock, to tap out during a fight May 27 at the Clovis Civic Center. The win gave Cuhen his first professional victory in the 135-pound class. Gabriel Monte Fighting is […]

Clovis fighter unhappy following loss in semis

Gabriel Monte If Clovis boxer Evan Luna had to grade his performance at this year’s state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Recreation Center, he’d give himself an F. Luna, 22, who earned his first victory in the 152-pound weight class during Friday’s preliminary fights, lost his semifinal bout against 20-year-old Edgar Castro of […]

Thursday morning briefing: A cancer fighter, strike up the band and a giant killer

Good morning. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. For a cause Sid Savage of Portales is ranked among the top five fundraisers in the state in the fight against cancer. He’s in a statewide contest through today, trying to raise even more money for […]

First person: Freedom fighter

Slavery didn’t happen in any place where Josie Carignan lived, but she couldn’t tolerate the idea it was going on anywhere. As a counter measure, she started Rescue Her while she was in Clovis for four-plus years, and continues to run it from her new home in Dallas. Time in Clovis: I came to Clovis […]

Clovis resident honored as honorary firefighter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Hankins of Clovis embraces Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman after she was named an honorary fire fighter Saturday at the Department’s Station 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department made their biggest fan an honorary firefighter Saturday. Clovis resident Brooke Hankins, 20, suffers from an […]

No strike fighter, but Holloman gets F-16s

The Associated Press HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE — Holloman Air Force Base wasn’t selected Thursday as a home for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the Air Force says the base near Alamogordo instead will be receiving two F-16 training squadrons. Air Force officials say making Holloman into an F-16 training site offers a […]

Decade in review: Community rallied to keep base

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File photo Clovis residents cheer and wave flags during the Operation Kept Cannon celebration at the Clovis Civic Center in 2006. By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base had a wild ride in the past few years, as its near closure and new mission became the most far-reaching story of […]

Muleshoe police investigate fighter’s death

CNJ staff Muleshoe police are investigating the suspicious death of a 28-year-old professional mixed martial arts fighter whose body was found on the steps of the Catholic Church Rectory Sunday morning. Rolando Willie “Shadow” Scott had been shot, according to Chief Brian Frieda. Police have not yet classified it as a homicide, Frieda said, pending […]

March 29, 2009 On the shelves

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot’s Life from Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs by Jack Broughton was given by Phyllis and Gene Walker in memory of Sherman Williams. The story of the U.S. Air Force and some of its best-known aircraft is presented in terms of the […]

Wing commander reports on Cannon’s transformation

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz New sliding exit doors arrived at the commisary this month for installation. The doors were just part of an overall upgrade made to the Cannon Air Force Base facility, which included new shelving and plumbing. By Col. Timothy Leahy The thunderous roar of fighter aircraft overhead is a […]

Bridge dedicated in memory of fallen soldier

By 2nd Lt. Bryan Bouchard, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — More than 100 people attended the grand opening Jan. 25 of a bridge and an overpass dedicated to a Luke Air Force Base pilot who was killed in Iraq the same month construction began on the overpass in November […]

Luke AFB dedicates overpass to husband of Clovis native

CNJ staff An overpass was dedicated Friday to Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, who died Nov. 27, 2006, when the plane he was piloting crashed in Iraq, according to 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at Luke. Gilbert was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed while he was providing close-air support to special operations forces about […]

Air Force document hints at new Cannon aircraft

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Courtesy photo: www.af.mil An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle is armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile. The Predator’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance. The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means […]

Fighter squadron prepares for inactivation

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —History was made for the former 27th Fighter Wing as the 522nd Fighter Squadron, or Fireballs, and their Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned from their deployment to Andersen Air Force Baese, Guam. The four-month deployment was the last for the Fireballs as they […]

Airmen return home

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Cannon children made signs to welcome back their family members. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of […]

Airmen get homecoming

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Krystal Ramos of Clovis greets her husband, Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramos, Saturday afternoon at Cannon Air Force base following his return from a four-month deployment to Guam. Daughter Jazlynn, 10 months, looks on. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows […]

Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

Leahy: Honor to be named commander

Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a military family? A: No, my father […]

Opinion: Base ingrained in area culture

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]