New agency for strays

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you encountered a stray dog or cat on the base? Cannon now has a method to retrieve these strays. The 27th Fighter Wing has a contract with One 4 All animal rescue organization to retrieve and control stray animals on the main base and in Chavez housing areas. One 4 […]

27th Security Forces Airman earns DoD honors

Janet Taylor-Birkey The young lieutenant didn’t think he stood a chance. Even his father, a 20-year master sergeant, didn’t think he stood a chance. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. As the only lieutenant out of five finalists he was at the top of his game. But he was competing against a captain who was […]

Bush’s good intentions have high costs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist President Bush is confident of ultimate success in Iraq, and he is patiently waiting for its achievement. I’m certain that unicorns exist, and I’m willing to hang around till they show up in my yard. We may both be deluded, but my delusion is a good deal less costly than […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gen. Seip

Col. Scott West Team Cannon: Next week we will have the privilege of hosting Lieutenant General Norman Seip, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern commander, and 12th AF Command Chief Master Sergeant Wade Johnson at Cannon. During their visit Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have the opportunity to show our 12th AF leaders what […]

Working for the world

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is one in a series of reports from Hurlburt Field, Fla., which is home to Air Force Special Operations Command. The 16th Wing of AFSOC has been assigned to Cannon Air Force Base beginning next year. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Jerome Klingaman was a young combat […]

Special Ops: Supply barely keeping up with demand

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech. Sgt. Erik Tompson stands next to flight helmets in the Life Support Room of Hurlburt Field. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The average Air Force Special Operations airman or crewman has been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq four to five times, according to Air Force Special Operations Command officials. […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Unit tackles terror

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By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the […]

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Cannon Airmen get a taste of life in ‘The Big House’

Master Sgt. Jerry McBride, 27th Operations Support Squadron, sits in the “pokey” at 27th Security Forces as he tries to make bail. $100 was raised in record time, said Sergeant McBride Public Affairs staff report Jail and Bail nets nearly a grand during National Police Week activities The 27th Fighter Wing Security Forces made more […]

27th SFS Airmen cop top honors

1st Lt. Megan Hall and Tech. Sgt. Paul Killgallon, 27th Security Forces Squadron, were Air Force Level Award winners. Both will travel to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in April to receive their awards. Janet Taylor-Birkey Many compete, but few are chosen. And even fewer can be called the best. But, 1st Lt. Megan Hall […]

Lawmakers knocking Guard compensation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Congressional leaders gave President Bush the green light three years ago to invade Iraq based on what they now know was faulty intelligence. Many of those same leaders appeared last week before a special commission they created to study how Guard and Reserve forces should be organized, deployed and compensated […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Improving Cannon’s work environment or physical plant

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The 27th Security Forces Squadron’s new facility opened its doors in a ribbon cutting ceremony May 12, 2005. The new building is located across from Building 622. Melanie Salazar After almost two years of construction, the new 27th Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations building opened its doors for business in May […]

Lack of strategy in commitment to war unwise

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Adrian Vandevender

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Adrian Vandevender Date of birth: May 5, 1925 Dates of Service: Sept. 1944 to May 1946 Hometown: Grady Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

27th Security Forces Squadron cuts ribbon, moves into new facility

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs After almost two years of construction, the new 27th Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations building opened its doors for business May 12. The $5.1 million military construction project began Sept. 21, 2003, enhancing the security forces work environment, safety and security. The new building, […]

Both sides endorse too much government

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist In the beginning of the American republic there was a debate between the Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians. Neither side was advancing a fully consistent, coherent vision of politics for America, but, in the main, Hamiltonians defended the idea of a strong federal government, while Jefferson’s supporters argued for limited and mainly […]

President wants more hold on military

Steve Chapman During the Civil War, President Lincoln, exasperated at Gen. George McClellan’s chronic reluctance to attack the enemy, said if the general wasn’t going to use the Army, he would like to borrow it. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush has the same idea. He doesn’t seem to notice that this time, […]