Operations begin for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked off operations for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon and broke ground for a new $8 million Child Development Center. Money for the new center came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The center […]

Military feature: Housing implements ID checks

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is taking security for the 300 families that live in Chavez West housing up a level. The base housing community is on its way to being a gated community. As of June 1, security forces have been conducting 100 percent identification checks at the entrance. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Base power outage scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A basewide power outage is scheduled for Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. The outage will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. During the outage, base civil engineers will be upgrading the power substation. The upgrade is needed to support ongoing construction. The outage […]

Commander details construction projects on base

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Col. Stephen Clark outlined 24 months at Cannon Air Force Base — the previous 12, and the next 12 — Tuesday at the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. With a year left in his time, the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon talked about the […]

Base growth touted during military media day

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Cannon Air Force Base received its first CV-22 Osprey last week and picked up a second Wednesday. That is one example of growth that has defined Cannon since it was switched from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command Oct. 1, 2007. The base showcased its mission, aircraft, growth and construction Wednesday for […]

Bingaman: Cannon getting 365 personnel, 10 aircraft in 2011

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

Water advisory lifed for Cannon

Freedom New Mexico The boil water advisory for Cannon Air Force Base and Chavez housing has been lifted. Extensive testing of the water system has determined that the contamination was isolated to one outside faucet at the Landing Zone. All other tests from inside the Landing Zone and across base and Chavez housing were negative. […]

Officials: Source of Cannon water contamination unknown

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department on Wednesday issued a “boil water advisory” for Cannon Air Force Base and Chavez West Housing. The NMED said the advisory only applies to the drinking water at the base and does not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems. Base public […]

Residents get glimpse of Cannon aircraft

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was a positive. Col. Stephen Clark said the base is a large part of Clovis and Portales. “Our airmen are a part of the community,” said Clark. […]

Joint land use on tap for Monday meeting

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a policy committee meeting 3 p.m. Monday at the Curry County Courthouse commission room. The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on existing conditions regarding land uses in the counties and Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of the joint land use study […]

Cannon Operational Readiness Exercise begins Saturday

Freedom New Mexico People who live on or near Cannon Air Force Base may be affected by an Operational Readiness Exercise scheduled for Saturday through April 15, according to a news release from the base. Residents may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, sirens or simulated explosions. According to the release, traffic […]

Cannon to host open house

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will hold its inaugural 27th Special Operations Wing open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 on the base’s flightline. The event is free, open to the public and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets. Event parking will be […]

Public input sought on land use study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tonight begins the first of three meetings to gain public input for a Joint Land Use study. Planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Portales City Hall, the meeting is intended to get resident insight into living in a community shared with Cannon Air Force Base, according to […]

Portales Past: April 11, 1945

April 11, 1945: Tickets were on sale for a variety show featuring talent from the local air base. Chaplain Stephen Galley was slated to do magic tricks and escape restraints. Proceeds were to benefit patients in the base hospital.

Protesters at base part of training exercise

Freedom New Mexico Protesters outside the gates of Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday were part of a training exercise, base officials said. The protesters, who were detained by base law enforcement, were staged outside the base, according to the public affairs office.

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico ol. James Slife assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife replaces Col. James Cardoso, who will remain at Cannon, serving as second in command of the base as the new vice-wing commander. “I know you will lead them well for their […]

Developers encounter obstacles

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive another 1,300 personnel over the next five years, and it’s working on privatizing the homes it already owns. Add an expansion at the Southwest Cheese plant, and new jobs expected from the proposed Tres Amigas electricity project and complementary power plants. […]

Weather delays Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Due to inclement weather, non-mission essential personnel