Business feature: AeroCare calls Clovis home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Billy Vinson is a paramedic with Covenant Health Systems which operates the AeroCare helicopter. AeroCare was recently reassigned to Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After months of being moved around and prolonged response times, AeroCare has found a home in Clovis. Under a lease agreement with Blue Sky […]

Fabrication flight fixes, maintains aircraft structure

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnson, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, applies a protective sheet over a stencil of the special operations emblem at Building 199. This emblem will be placed onto an aircraft tail near the Landing. By 1st Lt. George Tobias, 27th SOW Public Affair […]

Squadron takes team approach to medical care

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —The 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron takes a team approach to operational medicine with five divisions that all work together. Those divisions include flight medicine, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry and dental. Lt. Col. Jimmie D. Bailey II serves as commander of the 27th Special […]

One last landing

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Col. Valentino Bagnani, left, and Col. Tod Fingal furl the 522nd Fighter Squadron’s colors after the squadron’s final flight over Cannon Air Force Base Friday. By Tonya Fennell A single jet made two sweeping passes Friday afternoon over Cannon Air Force Base. As the F-16 roared overhead, spectators craned their […]

Separation process going virtual

Air Force News RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE — Enlisted airmen will no longer have to visit the Military Personnel Flight to apply for early separation after Oct. 29 due to the Personnel Services Delivery Transformation effort. On that date, enlisted airmen can apply for early separation through a program on the virtual Military Personnel Flight. […]

Final farewell

The Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department sprays an arc of water over the two jets that participated in the final flight of the 524th FIghter Sqaudron. The squadron will become inactive on Aug. 30. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections With practiced ease, Maj. Jason Cockrum unfolded his lanky form from his F-16 Aug. 10 […]

Medics keep crew in air

By Staff Sgt. Cassandra Locke: NCOIC, Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 379th Expeditionary Wing’s aerospace medicine team provides care for the flyers so they can stay in the fight. “We are the maintainers of the wetware that flies the hardware,” said Maj. Walter Matthews, chief of aerospace medicine for the wing. Flight surgeons are […]

ENMU athletes 16th in NCAA Division II nationals

CNJ staff CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final throw […]

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 […]

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 […]

Air Force grounds ex-flight attendant

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections W elcome to the first edition of Cannon Connections. This publication is meant to provide military families with news that pertains to them. Inside you will find a community calendar, a local feature story and kids’ pages. Allow me to introduce myself. I am coordinator of Cannon Connections, Air Force […]

Golfers qualify for Cannon golf team

Dennis “Chris” Christensen Thirty-two Cannon golfers teed up for the first major event of the golf season on March 17-18 at the Whispering Winds Golf Course. The format for this tournament was medal play, flighted by handicap, with the low 10 medalists being selected to represent the 2007 Cannon Varsity Golf Team. The first round […]

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. […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ: We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis. The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 […]

Air Force officers’ burials this week

CNJ staff Military burials for two U.S. Air Force officers with ties to Clovis who were killed in Iraq will be held this week at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Services for Maj. Troy L. Gilbert are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday. The funeral for Capt. Kermit O. Evans will be held at 9 […]

Mother fondly remembers son

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Evans said she plans to keep a promise her son made to his wife when they were married. “We have to try to keep that smile on her face. He promised her he would keep her smiling,” she said. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, a Cannon airman serving […]

Club championship finishes up golf course season

Dennis “Chris” Christensen The Whispering Winds Golf Course Club Championship, the last major golf tournament of the season, was held on Sept. 15 and 16, with thirty-seven golfers competing for prizes and gift certificates. The player in the Championship Flight, who shot the lowest two-day gross score, was crowned the 2006 Club Champion. Brian Hollandsworth […]

Southern control fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to maintain Southern composure. Except that I […]

Cannon ‘Doc’ top Air Force flight surgeon

Janet Taylor-Birkey It wasn’t until George Buse was about 13 years old that he knew a career in medicine was in his future. His love of sports and reading opened up not only hobbies, but a rewarding career. “I was involved in martial arts and through that, through the training, I developed an interest in […]