Cannon timeline

Late 1920s — Portair Field, a civilian passenger facility, was established on the site. Portair, a terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights, flew passengers in the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” by day, and used Pullman trains for night travel. In the 1930s Portair was renamed Clovis Municipal Airport. January 1943 — A glider detachment was […]

Local businesses excited about transition

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, we […]

Business owners anticipate Cannon change of command

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Ashley Torres of Clovis takes orders Saturday at the Foxy Drive-In. Owner Chris Bryant said they’re looking forward to the new people the base change will bring. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Hounds inactivated

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 66 years of history were put on hold as the 524th Fighter Squadron, ‘Hounds of Heaven,’ inactivated here during a ceremony at The Landing on Aug. 30. At exactly 5:24 p.m., Capt. Jason Bell, the 524 FS flight commander, […]

Sept. 18, 1964

Work was in progress on the new addition to the main fire station. The structure was being built at a cost of $29,000. … A drive-thru car wash was being operated at 1500 Thornton for 50 cents. … A 12-year-old Clovis boy accidentally shot in the head at his home was listed in critical condition […]

Pilots wanted

Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery Airmen from the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron push a T-6A Texan II primary trainer from a hanger at Cannon Air Force Base. By Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base — A couple of Texans rode into New Mexico last week, […]

Cannon airmen participate in joint exercise

By Scott D. Hallford: 18th Wing Public Affairs KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — Kadena-based units departed Okinawa Aug. 5 on their way to Guam to join fellow airmen and sister services in the joint Exercise Valiant Shield which ran through Aug. 14. Approximately 400 Cannon Air Force Base airmen, who are currently stationed at Andersen […]

Sky-high goodbye

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The final flight for the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is marked Friday by a “rainbow salute” from the base’s fire department. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron […]

Honoring the fallen

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks The large stained glass window, which dates back to the Tactical Air Command era, was moved to the Cannon Air Force Base Chapel from the 524th Fighter Squadron’s Heritage Room. The squadron will inactivate Aug. 30. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dozens of airmen associated with the 524th Fighter […]

In final days, squadron honors fallen

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Capt. Chris Gruner of the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base bows his head in prayer Friday afternoon at the rededication of a stained glass window that serves as a memorial to nine pilots who lost their lives while flying Cannon jets. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer […]

Commander comments on year in command

Commentary by Lt. Gen. Norman Seip July seventh marks my one-year point as your commander, and in that time 12th Air Force has faced a number of challenges, including numerous short-notice deployments, high-visibility exercises- all during a period of force reductions. In the face of these difficulties, 12th Air Force and its subordinate units have […]

Cannon airmen training in Guam

CNJ staff Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Cannon airmen depart for pacific theater location

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A large group of airmen recently departed from Cannon Air Force Base en route to a Pacific location. According to Cannon Public Affairs spokesperson Lt. George Tobias, the deployment marks the final major deployment for a fighter squadron from the 27th Fighter Wing. The majority of the deploying group are […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Farewell flight

Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing Commander, prepares to present Lt. Col. Brad Kearney with a bottle By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base May 10. While fighter jets are a common sight above Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end […]

Military junket proposed

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Col. Jeff McDaniels updates the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission on the 27th Fighter Wing Tuesday at Clovis Community College. McDaniels is the 27th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission members said it’s critical to impress upon lawmakers […]

Farewell flight

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Col. Scott West hands Lt. Col. Brad Kearney a bottle of champagne Thursday after Kearney completes one of the last two flights by the 523rd Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force […]

Military Feature: Cannon secures Air Force safety awards

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

In 1997, a commemorative stamp was dedicated to Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the first African-American general. Greg Allen Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis that is named after two very large men who helped change conditions for African-American servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis […]

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 […]