Sens. Bingaman, Domenici push for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Clovis lands call center

CNJ staff American Medical Alert Corp. has chosen Clovis over three other New Mexico communities to locate an in-bound call center, according to a Clovis Industrial Development Corp. news release. The company will begin operations this month at temporary quarters in the Business Enterprise Center at 105 East Grand Ave., the release said. AMAC plans […]

Officials: Base shift going smoothly

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle A C-130 drops a payload at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the […]

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 […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]

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 […]

AFSOC considering overseas transfer

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Meetings Watch: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting

CNJ staff What: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting When: 6-8 p.m. today Where: Clovis Community College auditorium, Room 154 Background: Air Force Special Operations Command was required by law to complete a draft addressing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of moving the 16th Special Operation Wings to Cannon Air Force Base. The 16th SOW is […]

Senators introduce bill for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff Sens. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M., Monday introduced legislation to promote funding for two military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. The legislation to authorize $9.2 million for work at Cannon was offered in advance of FY2008 defense authorization and appropriations bills to highlight the […]

Cannon measure proposed

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C-130s are among the planes expected to be assigned to Cannon after the Special Ops transition. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. […]

523 FS begins to move out

Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron jet. Some jets have already left and others will soon be departing, but the 27th Fighter Wing will remain mission ready. Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s 523rd Fighter Squadron jets are making history by being the first jets to leave Cannon […]

Special Operations team arriving to Cannon Sunday

CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations Command team will arrive Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base to gather information for the imminent transfer of Cannon ownership to AFSOC, according to an AFSOC spokesperson. “Everybody on the team is a subject matter expert who will look at the issues and challenges regarding the base transfer,” […]

Year in review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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The 16th Special Ops Wing will perform night training operations. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • […]

Local roundup: Schools re-design forum held

By CNJ STAFF A task force created to research the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools will share its findings and recommendations at three public forums in December, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release. The forums will be: — 6 p.m. Thursday at Yucca Junior High School, 1500 Sycamore St. — 6 p.m. […]

Cannon mission change starting

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]

Clovis officials bound for Hurlburt

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This Thursday, a group of local officials will board a military aircraft headed for Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command. An MC-130 aircraft from Hurlburt will usher about a dozen regional officials to the installation, where they will meet with Air Force Special Operations […]

BRAC commissioner will attend appreciation dinner

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Base Realignment and Closure commissioner who supported Cannon Air Force Base plans to visit Clovis next week, according to a Clovis official. Retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton accepted an invitation to a Chamber dinner which will be held Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center, according to Ernie Kos, […]

$70 part proves to be AFSO-21 smart

Senior Airman Christopher Meoak, Master Sgt. Stephen Aull and Senior Airman Todd Getz, 27th Communications Squadron, examine the Tactical Air Navigation system they successfully repaired Aug. 20. Senior Master Sgt. Brian Roberts Air Force Smart Operations 21 (AFSO 21) is an initiative with which most Airmen are familiar. It is a focus on what Airmen […]

Realtor makes visit to customers at Hurlburt

By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Sometimes you don’t wait for business to come to you. Representatives of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate of Clovis were at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort here on Friday — and plan to be there today and Sunday — offering relocation and housing information to […]