Behind the scenes: Crew chiefs with caliber

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Cushman and Airman 1st Class Danny Beckwith, 522nd Special Operations Squadron crew chiefs, perform an inspection atop an MC-130J Commando II at Cannon Air Force Base on March 7. Crew chiefs must ensure aircraft configurations meet Air Force Special Operations Command standards […]

Guard chief’s promotion criticized

Congress is about to elevate the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau to full membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joining the JCS chairman, vice chairman and four service branch chiefs as top military advisers to the president and his national security team. It’s a controversial bump in power and prestige that […]

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, […]

Monday morning briefing: Chiefs alone, Commander’s Call and rich pitches

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Crew chiefs dedicate careers to aircraft

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff sergeants Chris Morrelli and Nolan Garrett stand in front of an MC-130W Combat Spear. The two are Dedicated Crew Chiefs for their aircraft, a title only a total eight NCOs at Cannon can claim. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dedicated is an adjective most of us […]

Air Force leaders ousted in historic shake-up

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — With a grim look and even grimmer words, Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed an internal investigation’s jaw-dropping conclusion that the Air Force’s standards for performing its nuclear weapons mission — the most sensitive of its jobs — had been in decline for 10 years. Who knew? Apparently not the Air […]

County returns to full fire ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer After hearing concerns from local area fire department chiefs at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special meeting, commissioners voted to return back to January’s proclamation of a complete fire ban for the county. The motion was passed 4-1. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said after the stand-by amendment was […]