Press release: Bingaman: President’s budget demonstrates strong support for N.M. air bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 lends strong support to New Mexico’s Air Force Bases. Overall, the budget invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. “President Obama’s budget proposal makes critical […]

Joint Land Use meeting scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a joint meeting of the Joint Land Use Study policy and technical committees 1:30 p.m. March 2 in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The purpose of the public meeting is to review and discuss changes made since the Dec. 20 public meeting. The […]

Base commander returning to Florida

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt […]

ENMU class up in the air

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Alisa Boswell The possibilities for a new course at Eastern New Mexico University are up in the air, literally and figuratively. Capt. James “Tripp” Johnson, a pilot at Cannon Air Force Base, is working on offering a non-credit skydiving course through the college’s Distance Learning program. Johnson, an instructor for the course, said he has […]

Base growth highlighted at Clovis chamber banquet

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the growth of Cannon Air Force Base, and itself, Friday night in its annual banquet. Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said at last count, 362 tickets were sold to the banquet at the Clovis Civic Center, which honored some of the area’s top citizens […]

Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Year in review: Base normalizes in 2010

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Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close the base like five years ago, no enclave status like four years ago, no new mission like three years ago and smaller squadron movements than […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Press release: City of Portales supports low altitude training area

During the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, the Portales City Council adopted a resolution of support for the establishment of a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) area in New Mexico and Colorado. The United States Air Force is proposing a LATN area of 94,000 square miles in northern New Mexico and southern […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that he can help. Clark was among a group of 41 Air Force officers whose nominations were announced Tuesday. Among the group are former Cannon command staff Col. Jeffrey […]

Their view: Quay County residents support Air Force training

Quay County residents support Air Force training

Honors — Nov. 21

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Hook [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher T. Hook graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is […]

Honors —

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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Reports due on low-altitude Air Force flights

The Associated Press DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado and New Mexico residents worried about an Air Force proposal to start low-altitude training flights are putting finishing touches on their arguments against the plan. The Air Force has extended until Monday a deadline to submit concerns about its proposal to start the training out of Cannon Air […]

Portales past: Nov. 19, 1942

Nov. 19, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Plans for the national observance of Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 were made. Plans were being made by the Roosevelt County Defense Council to have a simulated air raid and blackout that night. Planes from the Roswell Air Base were secured for the “bombing.”

Monday morning briefing: A biker benefit and a big explosion

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. College meeting The Clovis Community College board of trustees will be holding their monthly meeting 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 512. The meeting is open to the public. Land use info Information about the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study is available […]

Honors — Oct. 17

Boal Air Force Cadet Caitlin A. Boal completed six weeks of basic cadet training and has been officially accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Stevan and Rhonda Boal of Albuquerque and granddaughter of Leo and Bootha Robinson of Portales. Boal graduated in 2009 […]

Controlled burns scheduled

The U.S. Air Force 27th Special Operations Wing has scheduled a prescribed burn at Melrose Bombing Range to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help decrease the risk of wildfires, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. The burn is set for Thursday if weather conditions permit. If weather conditions aren’t favorable […]

Air Force to hold public scoping meetings

The Air Force is planning four meetings in northern New Mexico regarding a proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation forces at Cannon Air Force Base. A LATN area allows airmen to practice low level military flight activities (between 200 and 500 feet above the ground). The airspace identified extends […]