Press release: 21st Annual Cannon Appreciation Day set for August 6th

There’s no question that Cannon Air Force Base is an integral part of the local community. And for the past 20 years, the local community has shown its support for the individuals and families who are dedicated to preserving the safety and freedom of the United States of America. Now, for the 21st year, the […]

Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]

Press release: Predator at Cannon taxies off runway

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Cannon’s 3rd Special Operations Squadron taxied off the runway through a perimeter fence coming to rest in an adjacent field.

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved […]

Military feature: Sesame Street stopover

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Liliana Castillo CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Five-year-old Natalie Whitson was disappointed that Elmo didn’t shake her hand but she enjoyed the Sesame Street live show anyway. The show came to Cannon Air Force Base two weeks ago to present three free shows. Dawn Whitson said the show coming so close to home was a […]

Military feature: Program educates children about deployments

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Jared Tucker The children of Cannon Air Force Base took a walk in their parents’ shoes when the base held its second Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations (KUDOS) on July 16. KUDOS is designed to help military kids better understand what their parents go through during deployment, according to Tech. Sgt. Miguel Cruz. “The most […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen helps Air Force win armed forces triathlon

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Freedom New Mexico Capt. Ken Corigliano of the 11th Intelligence Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base was a member of the Air Force triathlon team that took all of the 25 gold medals available at the 2010 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship. Corigliano finished 12th overall with a time of 1:52:51. The event, held June 5 […]

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 […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen part of humanitarian deployment to Africa

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Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, the dentist and dental technician team, respectively, completed an Army team that provided free health services to hundreds of Africans […]

Goals discussed at joint land use study meeting

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Sharna Johnson During a Monday policy committee meeting for the Joint Land Use study, Kit Roupe, project manager, gave members samples of goals and objectives the study could produce. Roupe gave the two-hour presentation at a meeting held at the Curry County Courthouse. The Joint Land Use Study is a cooperative land-use planning effort between […]

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 […]

City officials share proposals for meeting Portales’ future water needs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The expansion of Cannon AFB and the city budget were discussed during Tuesday’s chat with city officials, but water issues flooded most of the meeting. City officials shared with citizens several proposals to address the city’s long-term water supply needs. Portales Mayor Sharon King said Portales is currently self […]

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 […]

Military feature: Publication details tween, teen activities

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By Liliana Castillo A project started by a spouse at Cannon Air Force base bloomed into an annual publication called the Youth Activities Guide. The publication includes three months of activities happening at Cannon for tweens and teens. “This really is a homegrown program,” Maj. Mae-Li Allison of Public Affairs said. “A spouse recognized the […]

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 […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen share thoughts on jobs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held its first Media Day last week and personnel were candid about their jobs and living in eastern New Mexico. Eleven members of the media toured Cannon’s mission, aircraft, growth and construction. Capt. Eric Bowman, 32, said his job […]

Press release: Bingaman helps write defense bill that supports Cannon

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is helping to write key defense legislation that strongly supports New Mexico’s military installations and Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. At Bingaman’s urging, the bill also contains a provision requiring the Air Force to report to Congress on the magnitude of the fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force […]

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 […]