Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Freedom Newspapers Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and […]

Special Operations work under cover of dark

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech. Sgt. Erik Thompson shows pictures in the stairwell of the 15th Special Operations Squadron building Wednesday at Hurlburt Field. 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 […]

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. […]

Special simulations

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleMaster Sgt. Dan Arnold explains the versatility of the Tactical Operations Medical Skills Lab and medical dummy By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinny tubes of blue neon their only source of light, John’s rescuers insert an air tube into his mouth. The sounds of war are deafening: Gunfire ricochets, tanks […]

Paradise lost? Some not looking forward to mission change

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Sides fishes Monday in the shadow of the Brooks Bridge over the Santa Rosa Sound in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where growth has taxed the region. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plenty of space awaits the 16th Special Operations Wing in rural eastern New Mexico. But pulling away from […]

Possible Cannon units ID’d

CNJ staff CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in its July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article […]

Air Force officials brief media, public on Cannon’s new mission

The honorable William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., listen during a community gathering at the Clovis Civic Center. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command commander and Major Gen. […]

Col. Bagnani new Vice Wing commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Colonel Valentino Bagnani III assumed duties as vice wing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing June 30. He replaces retiring Col. Jeffrey Harrell who retired June 30. Colonel Bagnani arrives from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served as the deputy commander of the 56th Operations Group. […]

With Cannon secure, the real work begins

The beaming smiles on the faces of the overflow crowd at the Clovis Civic Center on Saturday won’t go away for a long while. But the red, white and blue bunting and the flags are put away. And the politicians and military brass left for Fourth of July celebrations elsewhere. So it is official. Operation […]

Delegation recognizes determination

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleEastern New Mexico residents cheer and wave flags as the VIP delegation is introduced at Saturday’s Operation Kept Cannon celebration. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Dressed in cowboy boots and blue jeans, a man from Clovis appeared on a doorstep to see the commander of the Air Force Special Operations […]

Special Operations to have latest military technology

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLt. Gen. Michael. W. Wooley, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command talks to the media at Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. […]

Air Force leaders to visit Cannon

27th Fighter Wing Pubic Affairs Air Force dignitaries will visit Cannon and Clovis today and Saturday to speak with the media and the public about Cannon’s future as the home of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Honorable William Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command […]

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 […]

Florida town speaks well of Special Ops

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Residents of the Florida town now home to Air Force Special Operations refer to the unit as good neighbors, and said Clovis will receive an asset in the 16th Special Operations squadron. A town of roughly 20,000 people, Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community located on the Florida […]

Official: Changes come with new mission

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer When the new tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing — arrive, the face of Clovis will alter, according to an administrator at Hurlburt Field, a Florida Panhandle installation where the wing and Air Force Special Operations Command are housed. “There will be […]

Special Ops Pentagon priority

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Airmen with a Special Operations squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., train Philippine airmen to use a rope ladder. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico inherited a mission that military officials have sketched as a premier weapon in the fight against terrorism when officials announced Tuesday that the 16th […]

Move will give crowded Florida base more room

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 — Changes are on the way for the 16th Special Operations Wing, part of which will be moved to Cannon Air Force Base starting in late […]

Cannon lands Special Ops unit

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(CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, left, and Clovis Mayor David Lansford applauded the will and perseverance of area residents for helping Cannon Air Force Base secure a new mission. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent […]

Thanks to all who helped save Cannon

Freedom Newspapers The longest stretch of never-ending uncertainty in the economic history of this eastern New Mexico area — from May 13, 2005, to June 20, 2006 — is finally over. That noise emanating from this region wasn’t the wind, just a combination of sighs of relief and thankful prayers at the news that Cannon […]

Special Operations coming to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The mission to save Cannon Air Force Base has been accomplished. Cannon will soon become home to the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced this morning. The base is expected to expand in aircraft, and possibly in personnel, within the next two years, officials […]