Leahy headlines Chamber banquet

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer

Tickets are available through Friday for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet which is slated for 6 p.m. April 24 at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker.

During the banquet, the Workhorse of the Year award winner will be announced along with the winner of the Harley and Faye Borden award, an honor which will be bestowed to seven businesses who will be recognized for improving the appearance of their business over the past year.

In addition, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Sharon King, said the chamber will unveil it’s new mission statement.

“This new mission statement is quite a bit different than what we’ve had in the past. We think it will help boost economic development and I’m guessing it will be a part of a campaign,” King said.

About 150 people are expected to attend the annual event. Andy Mason and Don Thomas will provide entertainment during the dinner.

Leahy assumed command of the 27th SOW at Cannon on Oct. 1. He has spent much of his Air Force career stationed several times at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and Hurlburt Field in Florida. As the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Leahy is responsible for preparing Air Force special operation forces for missions worldwide in support of Army and Navy special operations forces and Air Force counterparts.

At the banquet, Leahy is expected to speak about his role as commander of Cannon as it undergoes a time of transition to its new mission.

Leahy has served with the U.S. Air Force since 1985. His military honors throughout the years include the NATO Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and 17 other major awards and military decorations.

Tickets for the annual chamber banquet are $20 a person and the event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased during normal Chamber hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 356-8541.