Cannon Air Force Base gate closed briefly Saturday

CNJ staff The Cannon Air Force Base gate was closed to incoming traffic for about 35 minutes Saturday when an Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog locked onto something in a car attempting to gain access to the base. Lt. Stephanie Strine with Cannon Public Affairs said cars are chosen at random for security checks. A car […]

Vet care funding alarms shoppers

Advocates for military commissaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill to protect […]

Cannon chiefs retire in dual ceremony

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Chief Master Sgts. Jackie and Stephanie Powell retired in a dual ceremony on June 30 at Cannon Air Force Base. After being married for more than 24 years, nearly as long as they have both been in the Air Force, […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark, right, congratulated Col. Albert Elton II, left, after the change of command ceremony while Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel looks on. Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of emotion July 8 as he bid farewell to the airmen of Cannon Air […]

Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of emotion Friday as he bid farewell to the airmen of Cannon Air Force Base during a change of command ceremony. Clark turned command of the base over to incoming commander Col. Albert Elton II, ending his two years in charge […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]

Cannon youths keep busy

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Santino Calloway sends the puck back to opponent Nashawn Hare during a game of air hockey June 23 at the Youth Center during open play time. Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base’s Youth Center has activities to engage and entertain youth ages 9 through 18 all year long. Summer is no […]

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

PLAYpass being offered to deployed airmen, families

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In continuing efforts to build a resilient force, single airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts at select Force Support Squadron activities to help airmen and their families ease the pressures and […]

Selective re-enlistment bonus list released

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Enlisted members now have 77 Air Force specialties from which they can receive a selective re-enlistment bonus. Officials said this fiscal year’s program retains a heavy emphasis on retaining airmen with 17 months to six years of service, and made adjustments in the 6 to […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

PACT Working Group set to meet

27th SOW Public Affairs The Cannon Patient Advice and Consultation Team (PACT) Working Group will meet on 10:30 a.m. to noon on May 31 at the Landing Zone on base. The PACT is an open forum that meets monthly to address the medical challenges that impact Cannon’s military families. The group assists individuals who are […]

Water quality report rates Cannon’s water

Alisa Boswell The Cannon Air Force Base 2010 Water Quality Report was recently released, which stated Cannon’s water sources are ranked at moderate for susceptibility, meaning the water is safe to drink but precautions must be taken for certain types of individuals. The report revealed a bacteriological contamination, which exceeded maximum contaminant level (MCL) for […]

Air Force officials explain force management

By Monica Mendoza: 21st Space Wing Public Affairs PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— A group of mostly captains sat in on a recent briefing here to find out more about the 2011 Force Management Program. In February, Air Force leaders announced another round of involuntary force management programs to reduce personnel, and this time it […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

Cannon celebrates Earth Day, Arbor Day

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom From left, Alexandria and Madeline Rayo and Zaria Lewis listen to a story at the Clovis-Carver Public Library on April 28. In support of Earth Day, Cannon Air Force Base airmen taught community children about taking care of the Earth through stories and planting seedlings. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: […]

Officials eliminate exception to short-tour credit

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved rescinding a temporary policy established in 2003 that allowed airmen to receive short-tour credit for overseas TDYs of at least 181 consecutive days. The effective date of the new […]

Webcasts focus on civilian career tips

By Debbie Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Civilian airmen will learn how to plan for their next job, how education affects their careers and more during webcasts in May and June tailored for specific grade-groups. Hosted by representatives of the Air Force Personnel Center civilian […]

Civilian developmental education application deadline May 1

By Debbie K. Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force civilians interested in civilian developmental education opportunities during academic year 2012 have until May 1 to submit completed application packages to the Air Force Personnel Center force development branch. Civilians must be nominated for CDE […]

High school senior assignment deferment program automated

By Capt. Lesley N. Lilly: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In an effort to better serve military families, Air Force personnel officials have automated the High School Senior Assignment Deferment program application. The program increases stability for military family members entering their senior year of high […]