VFW recognizing deploying troops

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Argen Duncan The Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars post is honoring deploying and returning airmen with a monthly ceremony. VFW Post 9515 is the only one in the state to hold “Hail and Farewell” celebrations, although it’s a nationally supported program, said Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie Welch. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary come together […]

Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

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 […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Military feature: Base offers cooking demonstrations

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Liliana Castillo The smell of black bean sauce and five-spice powder filled the room as the Cantonese cooking demonstration began to heat up at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Cannon Air Force Base. The demonstration was one of the two that occur monthly at the center and are intended to help give airmen […]

Cannon bans airmen from three Clovis smoke shops

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Sharna Johnson Cannon airmen caught patronizing three local smoke shops that sell herbal products that can be used to get high could face discharge from the military. Cannon Air Force Base publicly released an order Tuesday forbidding airmen from entering The Smoke Shack, The Smoke Shack Too and Up In Smoke or using or purchasing […]

Cannon airmen come to rescue

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When Wednesday’s rains flooded Gabriel’s Garden and swamped heavy equipment into two feet of mud, Lori Yanez thought the whole project was literally sunk. Until a group of camoflauge-clad Samaritans showed up and rolled up their sleeves. When she explained to a volunteer how the rains had wrecked the […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen participate in Bataan march

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico They left as acquaintances and returned as friends. Five Cannon Air Force Base airmen from the 27th Special Operations Medical Group joined together to create a team to walk the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, Airman Katherine Truty, […]

Family collects, sends DVDs to airmen overseas

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby owns Landall’s Box Office in Portales and his mother Peggy runs it for him. He lives in Los Angeles and works as an actor. The family began sending VHS […]

Cannon airmen become naturalized U.S. citizens

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Now it’s their country, too. After working for years to achieve an honor some are born with, five Cannon Air Force Base airmen on Monday became American citizens through a ceremony held at the Landing Zone. Coming from countries like Trinidad-Tobago, the Phillipines and Ethiopia, the quintet joined hundreds […]

Military feature: Airmen learn consequences of drunken driving

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Staff Sgt. Adrian Wilson swerved on the street hitting curbs on both sides of the road before she managed to straighten her vehicle. As she kept driving, her control over the vehicle didn’t get any better, the car took longer to stop and turns became out of control. It […]

Children make cards for airmen

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Cannon Air Force Base airmen deployed overseas will soon receive a package of cards from second-grade students at James Elementary School. The children made the cards as part of an annual “Red, White and Blue” coloring contest to celebrate Veterans Day, according to Portales Police Detective Kirk Wilson, Adopt-A-Cop […]

Cannon airmen pitch in to help Portales Baptist Children’s Home

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico With a handful of staff members including house parents, there aren’t enough people to perform regular maintenance needed on about 12 buildings at the Portales Baptist Children’s Home, according to Program Director Dent McGill. And there certainly isn’t enough time and people to convert a laundry room into a […]

Sending love along

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By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Third-graders at Mesa Elementary School had their hands full of scissors, glue, pens and colored construction paper and their hearts full of caring Friday afternoon as they worked with Cannon Air Force Base airmen to create “Valentines for Vets.” The handmade Valentine cards will go to military members deployed […]

Cannon welcomes returning troops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of families and friends of deployed airmen waited for their loved ones in the 522nd fighter squadron […]

Leahy: Honor to be given command

Freedom New Mexico Staff Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a military family? […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]