Boeing labor deal sets poor precedent

A key to American prosperity is the freedom of companies to run their operations how they see fit, wherever they decide is best for them. That freedom took a hit this week in a case involving Boeing, the aerospace and defense giant. Although this matter doesn’t directly affect our area, anything that damages the company’s […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing and their families get a close up view Thursday of a MC-130J as it arrives at Cannon Air Force Base. It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js that will be delivered to the base in the next fiscal year. Benna Sayyed […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Up close and personal

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Civilians surround an A-10 fighter jet, mingle with airmen, ask questions, and observe the jet’s artillery Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base open house. Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Todd Miller, 27th Special Operation Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, left, and Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron commander, unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron […]

World Trade Center steel part of Cannon 9/11 memorial

Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found a home with the 27th Special Operations Wing’s Fire and Emergency Services at Cannon Air Force Base. The steel, granted to Cannon by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, is the only one of its kind in the state […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education column: Secondary schools undergo improvements

Further to recent reports, our secondary school sites have also been undergoing improvements during the summer months, thanks to the efforts of our operations department. Anyone driving by Marshall Middle School will have noticed not only a great deal of construction on the north end of the campus, but a whole new building going up. […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, […]

Education column: Operations department installing shaded areas on schools

We have been reporting on the Clovis Municipals Schools’ Operations Department and the range of activities with which they’re involved during the summer months. In addition to the waxing and stripping of floors, shampooing of carpets, and extensive grounds maintenance, summer is also the time for construction, repairs, additions, remodeling and execution of the many […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

Press release: Prescribed burn by Cannon at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 – May 3. These scheduled fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If weather conditions are not […]

Next Cannon open house set for September

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command […]

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Press release: Local Army Reserve battalion completes training in New Jersey

The 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 100th Division, based in Lubbock, Tx, recently completed its Annual Training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Jan. 31, 2011. Despite subfreezing temperatures, the Battalion successfully trained 87 Soldiers in both Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations initial training (MOS-T), as well as the Non-Commissioned Officer Civil Affairs Advanced Leaders […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.