Air Commandos earn citizenship

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Three Air Commandos earned their U.S. citizenship during a ceremony Feb. 16 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Individuals must normally wait five years before applying to become a U.S. citizen, however, if they are serving in the armed forces during a time of war that […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 19

Area Class 5A Quarterfinals Manzano 20, Clovis 12 Class 1A Championship Mesilla Valley 41, Fort Sumner 6 8-man Championship Gateway Christian 40, Melrose 32

Clovis soldier's recovery progressing

By Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 28

Area Clovis 42, Hobbs 7 Texico 23, Clayton 0 Fort Sumner 24, Jal 8 Melrose 48, Tatum 18 Texas Bovina 40, Sudan 7 Muleshoe 54, Amarillo River Road 7 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 54, Santa Fe Indian 0 Artesia 48, EP Cathedral, Texas 3 Atrisco Heritage 32, Del Norte 14 Aztec 50, Kirtland Central 0 […]

Air commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard

• Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard • Hometown: Taunton, Mass. • Air Force career field: Radio Frequency Transmission Systems • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron • Accomplishments: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard arrived at Cannon in Sept. 2010. He achieved a 93 percent average at the Radio Frequency Transmission Systems technical school course […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez

USAF photo • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez • Hometown: Libertyville, Ill. • Air Force career field: Aerospace maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Accomplishments: Hernandez is a dedicated maintainer who adapts easily to new situations. He was recognized for outstanding performance as the best in his First Term Airman […]

Portales past: March 27, 1944

March 27, 1944: The Portales Daily News: Petty Officer 1st Class Pat Riley of the U.S. Coast Guard is in Causey visiting his parents.

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson

Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Hometown: Mankato, Minn. • Air Force career field: Airfield management • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Accomplishments: In 2010 Johnson was selected as Trainee of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (squadron […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg

USAF photo Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Name: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Hometown: Park Falls, Wis. • Air Force career field: Vehicle operations • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Accomplishments: Kieweg works in vehicle operations and has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base since 2009. In 2010 he […]

Turkey trot

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Sarah Watson, left, ran a little ahead her father, Tech. Sgt. Rich Watson, right, and her brother Nick Watson. Airman 1st Class Jeff Swislocki won Friday’s Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run as he expected. Swislocki said he participates in as many fun runs or marathons he can, including the monthly […]

College scoreboard

Midwestern State 44, ENMU 17, final

Diamond Sharp airmen honored

USAF photo: Greg Allen 1st Sgt. David Becraft, 16th Special Operations Squadron, far right, and 1st Sgt. Sheronne King, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, flank Cannon Air Force Base, Diamond Sharp Airmen Sept. 3 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility. Second from left, Airmen 1st Class Daryle Borque, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Civic Center hosting comedy tour

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Civic Center is hosting the Small Town Comedy Tour March 5. Featuring Doug Williams, Courtney Gee and Charles Walden and hosted by Sean B, the tour brings comedians from the hit comedy series 1st Amendment and Comic View. Host of the Starz television show “1st Amendment” and “Comic View,” Doug […]

Diamond Sharp award winners announced

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz From left, Col. Stephen Clark, left, 27th Special Operations Wing commander presents Airman 1st Class Sarah Klasnich, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, Airman 1st Class Jon Petry, 27th Special Operations Wing Command Post, Airman 1st Class Timothy Williams, 27 Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

Diamond Sharp winners announced

USAF photo: Elizabeth Merchant Airman 1st Class Lucas Shepherd, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, left, Senior Airman Ashley Newton, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, center, and Airman 1st Class Albert Simonik, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, display their Diamond Sharp awards at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility on Dec. 19. Diamond Sharp awards […]

Local guardsman assists Hurricane Gustav victims

Freedom New Mexico As part of his mission in the New Mexico National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens of Portales is in Louisiana with 400 other New Mexico guardsmen deployed to regions affected by Hurricane Gustav. The Category 2 storm made landfall Sept. 1, causing flooding and wind damage to homes in the state, […]