Base celebrates Superbowl Sunday

Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Civilian Cannon Air Force Base personnel member Erett Grubbs, left, Senior Airman Zach Gibson, center, and Chief Master Sgt. Matt Caruso chow down for the hot wing eating contest at the Drop Zone Sunday afternoon just before the start of the Super Bowl. Caruso, who won the contest, said it was […]

Honors — Nov. 13

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Perry Col. Emily (Barck) Perry, a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University (M.A., ‘87) recently had the “unbelievable” experience of meeting the Dalai Lama during his visit to the Hessen Parliament in Wiesbaden, Germany. Pushing through the crowds to meet the visitor head on, Col. Perry said to him, “The USA also welcomes Your Highness. […]

Cannon commander shares experiences with students

Freedom New Mexico Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th […]

Col. Elton addresses civilian employees on cuts

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Cannon losing civilian jobs

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base is slated to lose 49 positions and Holloman Air Force Base will lose 57 jobs after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 civilian positions nationwide. Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, said 18 of the 49 eliminated positions at Cannon are vacant. […]

Portales resident honored at chamber luncheon

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Alisa Boswell Longtime Portales resident Marshall Stinnett received back-to-back honors Tuesday afternoon at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon at Vines Italian Restaurant. Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry presented him with an award for his years of dedicated service to the Portales Military Affairs Committee. Immediately following, guest speaker Col. Albert “Buck” […]

Col. West assumes command of 27th SOG

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, hands the guidon to Col. William West 27th Special Operations Group commander, on Sept. 9 at Cannon Air force Base. West formally served as the chief of strategy division for the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center. By Airman […]

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 […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

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 […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

Liliana Castillo 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 Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, nearly two years after the […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Former Cannon commander nominated for first star

Freedom New Mexico Former Cannon Commander Col. Timothy Leahy has been nominated for his first star, according to the Department of Defense. Leahy is currently serving as knowledge and futures director at the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Leahy is nominated for the rank of brigadier general.

Col. Clark selected for Hurlburt position

Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of Cannon Air Force Base, is up for promotion. He’s been nominated for his first star, boosting him from colonel to brigadier general if approved by the Senate Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his […]

Col. Clark: Communication key

Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark said communication is going to be the key to the Air Force creating a low-altitude tactical navigation area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Cannon hosted eight public meetings within the proposed 94,000 square mile area that Cannon would train its MC-130 and CV-22 […]

ENMU students plan school supplies drive

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Supplies needed: Backpacks without wheels Spiral notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled) 2-inch three-ring binders with dividers No. 2 pencils Blue, black and red pens Scissors (round and point tipped) Large glue sticks Pocket folders (without fasteners) Colored pencils Crayons Highlighters Rulers Zipper pouches for pencils Tissue Two Eastern New Mexico University students are putting […]

Community leaders tour Cannon

USAF photo: Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez Curry and Roosevelt counties’ civic leaders look at an AC-130H Spectre Gunship during a tour at Cannon Air Force Base. The event included a briefing from the wing commander, Col. Stephen Clark, a tour of key base buildings, lunch at the Pecos Trail dining facility, static aircraft displays, and […]

AFAF fundraiser begins

Col. James Cardoso, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, left, and Col. Stephen Clark, 27 Special Operations Wing Commander, make the first donations to the Air Force Assistance Fund on March 25. The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is in full swing at Cannon through May 7 with a goal this year of $57,000. For […]