Special Operations eyeing more for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Fort Sumner greets Air Force officials

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of its public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for its proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

Residents meet Special Ops crew

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. Resting an arm against the seat he sits in to pilot the AC-130U gunship, he tries to demystify the aircraft — its snaking wires, its multiple […]

Air Force plans impact study

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapapers The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

Plans for Cannon celebration in works

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007, along with […]

Local airports land funds for improvements

By Tony Parra U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 to reconstruct […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

U.S. heroine maintains her faith despite losing legs

Tom Philpott: Military Update “You are a hero,’’ says a man, standing on a curb outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as Army National Guard Major Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth walks slowly by, on artificial legs, a cane in each hand. “I’m just trying to survive, man,’’ she laughs. “You’re a hero, a survivor, you’re … […]