Base closure criteria good news for future of Cannon

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Local officials confident Cannon Air Force base will stay open

Staff and Wire Reports Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 was made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to […]

Officials optimistic bases will stay open

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005, according to officials of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. However, members asked the commission chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, to meet with […]

Officials: Cannon closure unlikely

Darrell Todd Maurina A special committee of business and government leaders appointed to help keep New Mexico’s military bases is coming to Clovis today. The group’s chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, said she’s optimistic the state will present enough incentives to keep not only Cannon Air Force Base but also the state’s other three bases […]

Cannon hosts tribute to Dos Stewart

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read at […]

City honors ‘citizen of the century’

Jack King Mayor David Lansford and the Clovis City Commission will declare Friday “Doc Stewart Day” at the City Commission meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the North Annex of Carver-Curry Public Library. Gov. Bill Richardson plans to attend the commission meeting to recognize Stewart’s many efforts on behalf of the community, his office said […]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance […]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group […]

Airmen face harsh reality during training exercise

Darrell Maurina The mission: Take a bare piece of ground and make it into an air base capable of receiving the Air Force’s most advanced aircraft. Personnel with Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Mission Support Group participated in the realistic simulation Oct. 13-22 in an isolated area of rural New Jersey. “When we got there, […]

Cannon spouses have support

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation […]

Officials hop BRAC won’t target Cannon

Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special nine-member […]

New military commission meeting today in Las Cruces

Darrell Todd Maurina A new commission created by the state Legislature to help New Mexico military installations holds its first meeting today in Las Cruces and will discuss the upcoming federal Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC. The 15-member commission is part of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and includes three Clovis […]

Locals remember Bob Hope

By Jack King Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the Clovis/Cannon Air Force Base area in the […]

Chamber hopes to start new tradition

Kevin Wilson On Saturday, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is looking to thank the people of Cannon Air Force Base with food, entertainment and prizes. The chamber hopes it can add something else: tradition. “We hope to be able to do it in the future,” said Pat Willis, the general manager at the chamber. […]

CAFB honors POWs

Darell Todd Maurina With a black flag in the background commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action, four somber airmen in camouflage uniforms walked slowly across the stage. Just moments before, 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates had drawn loud applause by reminding those in attendance at Saturday’s Cannon homecoming celebration the […]

Cities prepare to salute returning troops

Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw a […]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. […]

What if water use is restricted?

By Claire Bushey In the Sandia Mountains community of Madrid near Albuquerque, lack of water translates to lack of toilets. The New Mexico town with its population of 149 attracts a number of tourists due to its shops and galleries. But because of extreme water conservation measures, it only has four businesses with toilets available […]