Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across […]

Cannon starts operations for CV-22 Osprey

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Officials applaud as 5-year-old Quran Mighty, left, 4-year-old Kiara Morgan, middle, and 4-year-old Zoe Jones, right, officially break ground for the new Child Development Center Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked […]

Cannon showcasing mission, aircraft for media

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will be showcasing its mission and aircraft for the media Wednesday, according to a news release. The all-day event will include a special operations mission briefing by Col. Stephen Clark, aircraft displays, a CV-22 flight simulator, a driving tour of the base and a Predator Ground Control Station […]

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Courtesy photo The MC-130H Combat Talon II first flew in 1966. It is one of the planes that will be exhibited Saturday at the open house. CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force […]

Tucumcari hires new police chief

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Jason Braziel, a Tucumcari police officer for 11 years, was hired as the department’s chief on Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Interim Operations Commander Jason Braziel is Tucumcari’s new top cop. Braziel accepted the position of Chief of Police Wednesday. Braziel is an 11-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department. Tucumcari has been without a police […]

Base holding open house

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will hold its inaugural 27th Special Operations Wing open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 on the base’s flightline. The event is free, open to the public and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets. Event parking will be at […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Base commander Col. Stephan Clark, left, Col. James Slife, center, and Col. James Cardoso stand at attention during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife assumed command of the 27th Special Operations Group from Cardoso, who will become the vice commander serving under Clark. By […]

Official: Ag expo on track

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FNM correspondent photo: Karl Terry New Mexico Ag Expo committee volunteers Colton Haragan, left, and Lonnie Banister set up booth space in the Idsinga Pavilion at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual Ag Expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Portales with approximately 150 vendors expected. By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Organizers of the 18th […]