Air Force extends comment period

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is extending the public comment period on the proposal to establish a low altitude tactical navigation area for Special Operation Forces, according to a news release. The Air Force first requested comments on the program be received by Oct. 4 and due to tremendous public response, the comment period […]

Press release: USAF Extends Initial Public Scoping Period on Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area Proposal

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force is extending the public comment period on the proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation Forces here.

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

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Baking tips, women’s sports and a on-air psychologist

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Kitchen tip of the week Be sure to place the item you’re baking in the center of the oven — not too close to the front or too close to the back. Also, make certain to place the item vertically in the center of […]

Air Force seeks input on training area

Jared Tucker The Air Force is seeking input from Portales and other local communities about a proposed training area that will be used for low-altitude training flights. Officials say communities shouldn’t be dramatically affected. The training is vital for the Air Force, especially in mountainous terrain because it supports the development of special operations mobility […]

Weddings — Sept. 5

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Combs-Caban [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Alycia Nicole Combs of Clovis and Jose Ramon Caban of Ceiba, Puerto Rico, were married Aug. 20, 2010, in Clovis. The bride is the daughter of Wesley Fogleman and Pamala Combs, both of Clovis. The groom is the son of Jose and Andrea Caban of Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan. […]

Press release: USAF proposes low altitude tactical training area

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force is seeking input regarding its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of establishing a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The LATN would provide airspace to operate C-130 and CV-22 aircraft for […]

Wednesday morning briefing: 3-on-3, a job fair and air bags

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. 3-on-3 If you’re a basketball fan, check out the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament this weekend at Clovis Community College. Tipoff is 8 a.m. Saturday and the games continue through Sunday in the east parking lots.Job fair College student looking for work? An Eastern New […]

Honors — Aug. 15

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Garica [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman Erica E. Garcia, daughter of Elvia Garcia of Portales, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 […]

Our people: Happily ever after

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Frank and Carolyn Sherman of Clovis volunteered together as Chamber Ambassadors for the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. Frank was in the Air Force for 20 years and retired out of Cannon Air Force Base. The couple said they were always involved in the communities where they lived. They said […]

Press release: Predator at Cannon taxies off runway

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Cannon’s 3rd Special Operations Squadron taxied off the runway through a perimeter fence coming to rest in an adjacent field.

Military feature: Sesame Street stopover

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Liliana Castillo CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Five-year-old Natalie Whitson was disappointed that Elmo didn’t shake her hand but she enjoyed the Sesame Street live show anyway. The show came to Cannon Air Force Base two weeks ago to present three free shows. Dawn Whitson said the show coming so close to home was a […]

Military feature: Program educates children about deployments

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Jared Tucker The children of Cannon Air Force Base took a walk in their parents’ shoes when the base held its second Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations (KUDOS) on July 16. KUDOS is designed to help military kids better understand what their parents go through during deployment, according to Tech. Sgt. Miguel Cruz. “The most […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen helps Air Force win armed forces triathlon

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Freedom New Mexico Capt. Ken Corigliano of the 11th Intelligence Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base was a member of the Air Force triathlon team that took all of the 25 gold medals available at the 2010 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. Corigliano finished 12th overall with a time of 1:52:51. The event, held June 5 […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen part of humanitarian deployment to Africa

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Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, the dentist and dental technician team, respectively, completed an Army team that provided free health services to hundreds of Africans […]

Kiwanis hosting annual swim meet

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By Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Grab those swimming trunks, air-up those floaties, and strap on those goggles. It’s time for the annual Kiwanis Club swim meet at the Portales City Pool. On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., swimmers between ages nine and 18 will gather to compete in four events. Competitors are split into groups and […]

Press Release: Cannon, Air Force specialists identify ordnance

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists successfully identified the contents of a World War II-era ordnance that was located June 11 near a Hobbs, N.M., museum. Extensive tests confirmed today the nearly 100-pound ordnance to be an incendiary device, which […]

WWII-era ordnance placed at Melrose Bombing Range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, with an escort from the New Mexico State Police, transported a World War II-era ordnance from Hobbs to Melrose Air Force Range Sunday. Found the week prior in White City, the ordnance was transported to a field just […]

Land-use meeting set

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting as part of the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study 2-4:30 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee will meet to discuss issues regarding land uses in the counties, […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities

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By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]