Local landowners agree to sell land for base expansion

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Property owners near Cannon Air Force Base have agreed to sell land to enable the base to nearly double in size — an effort aimed at keeping the Pentagon from shutting it down. Gov. Bill Richardson and Clovis Mayor David Lansford announced the agreement Friday, and were faxing a letter […]

Training help

Amn. 1st Class Nate Shank transmits target data to his Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), updating target descriptions and locations. Melanie Salazar Behind the crumbling buildings of a small town in New Mexico, hid members of a terrorist training camp. Overhead, an American pilot soared above ground, speaking on his radio to Staff. Sgt. Israel […]

Special duty team to visit Cannon

AETC Special Duty Assignment Team Have you ever been interested in becoming a recruiter, military training instructor, military training leader, technical training instructor, or professional military education instructor? If so, the Air Education and Training Command Special Duty Assignment (SDA) Team is offering the opportunity you have been seeking. The AETC team will host a […]

Critical days continue to claim airmen

Tech. Sgt. Mike Spaits The fatal auto accident that claimed the lives of two Airmen in Germany recently raised the Air Force’s death toll to 24 during this year’s “101 Critical Days of Summer.” While that number is fairly typical for summer fatalities, it is still too high, said Tom Pazell, deputy chief of Air […]

Commitment must be all the way

Master Sgt. Victoria Petit 27TH COMPTROLLER SQUADRON FIRST SERGEANT Early in my career, I had a chief master sergeant tell me the following, “be all that you can be.” Does that sound familiar? We are all well aware that each service prides itself on their “catchy” slogans. Although partial to the Air Force’s earlier slogan […]

Honor Guard builds pride

Honor Guard members Senior Airman Jaclyn McCord and Senior Airman Brian Vasvary form up for an official functions. Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The […]

New eatery coming to Clovis

By David Irvin In the last year, Clovis has seen several national chains enter the restaurant market as well as numerous smaller chains and independent firms. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, which will open Monday, according to company officials, is the latest to join a growing group. The casual-themed restaurant features many culinary options, as […]

Pentagon says Cannon has little to offer Air Force

By Marlena Hartz Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live ordnance. Defense Department […]

Defense Department says it didn’t consider scenario that would keep Cannon open

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Defense Department says scenario to keep Cannon open wasn’t considered

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Weapon loaders put to the test

By Tony Parra Weapon loaders at Cannon Air Force Base have a motto when it comes to their job — without weapons an F-16 fighter jet is just part of another airline. A trio of three-man teams battled for the title of “The Best Weapons Load Crew” on Friday during the 27th Fighter Wing’s quarterly […]

Singapore fighter squadron deactivated

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: A story in Thursday’s paper incorrectly attributed information to Brig Gen. Voon Tse-Chow of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The information should have been attributed to Brig. Gen. Ng Chee Khern. Following is the story as it should have appeared on Thursday: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — […]

Singapore squadron deactivated

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 428th Fighter Squadron, comprised of air force members from the Republic of Singapore and Cannon Air Force Base, was deactivated Wednesday after almost seven years of training at the air base. The squadron was comprised of 140 Republic of Singapore Air Force members […]

BRAC could mean higher medical costs

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

Principi letter questions BRAC choices

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

In letter to Rumsfeld, BRAC chairman questions Cannon

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

Portales heat continues to climb

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It may not be hot enough outside to fry an egg on a sidewalk, but to many in Portales it has felt that way lately. According to the National Weather Service, Portales has only hit the three-digit temperatures a few times this summer and came up short of an […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

Eastern New Mexico strikes BRAC

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By David Irvin The arguments to save Cannon Air Force Base were compelling. And the base itself is impressive. So said Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in Clovis on Friday for a regional hearing. But commissioners also had words of caution for Cannon supporters: The nation has many outstanding bases, they said, and the decision […]

Portales residents pleased with hearing

By Tony Parra Portales residents wearing canary-yellow shirts stepped off the school buses at Greyhound Arena about midday Friday with a feeling of optimism. They had been to the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing in Clovis to show support for Cannon Air Force Base and mostly felt good about their efforts. “There was never […]