Hurlburt: We’re full

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLislePersonnel at Hurlburt Field work on simulations Wednesday. The Florida facility is the headquarters for the Air Force Special Operations Command, which plans to move a Special Operations Wing to Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary […]

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 […]

Air Force plans visit later this month

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A cross section of individuals from the Air Force 16th Special Operations Wing will visit eastern New Mexico in late July, chiefly to experience the resources of the region, according to local officials. Twenty to 30 members of the 16th Wing will visit with area officials July 20-21, according […]

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 […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Ethanol plant news caps off eventful week

Freedom Newspapers The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cannon has new commander

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Col. John Posner, left, and Col. Scott West salute during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. West was vice commander at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar […]

Award going to deserving Clovis citizen

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Monday at the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force will honor Clovis’ Ernest “Doc” Stewart with the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitar-ian Award. This is a truly fitting tribute for the civic leader and businessman who has been a staple and champion of the Clovis community since the […]

11/5 Local roundup

Base commander nominated for promotion Col. John D. Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander at Cannon Air Force Base, has been nominated by President Bush to the Senate for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. The promotion is subject to Senate approval. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Posner is deserving of the promotion. “I wish […]

Bataan Death March survivors break ground for memorial

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Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales, left, was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years after being captured. Bataan Death March survivor Louis “Kildee” Herring is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the […]

Silver City needs to give voice to all

By Ned Cantwell Silver City is proud of herself. The town in southwestern New Mexico likes to say, “You owe yourself a visit.” She likes to say Silver City is the “bes- kept secret of the Southwest.” Here are some other slogans that might apply. “Silver City — Shame on you!” Or, “Silver City, where […]

Cannon maintainers win top Air Force award

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Air Force Headquarters announced Thursday afternoon that the maintenance group at Cannon Air Force Base has been named the best in the Air Force for the year 2003. The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group includes a number of different units responsible for repairing airplanes and keeping them ready to fly. “I am […]

Yates turns over command to Posner

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Lt. Gen. Randall M. “Mark” Schmidt, left, commander of the 12th Air Force, gives command of the 27th Fighter Wing to Col. John D. Posner, center, during Friday’s change of command ceremony. Col. Robert Yates is at right. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leaving offers bittersweet moment for the man in charge. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE […]

Q&A 4/4 – Col. John D. Posner

By Darrell Todd Maurina Col. John D. Posner took over as commander at Cannon Air Force Base on Friday, and hopes to maintain the success outgoing base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates helped establish. Last week CNJ Staff Writer Darrell Todd Maurina spoke with Posner for about 20 minutes on his future goals for Cannon […]

Clovis mayor to take flight with USAF

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Mayor David Lansford will take flight on Tuesday, courtesy of the United States Air Force. The mayor’s flight will be in a two-seater F-16 jet normally used for training purposes at Cannon Air Force Base but also used for orientation flights. The most recent mayor to receive an orientation flight […]

Lethal fighting team boasts safety

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Lt. Col. Dave Kossler, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing Safety Office, talks about winning the Colombian Award, given to the office with the best flying safety program in the United States Air Force. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Fighter Wing added another award […]