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 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A talented crew, a kid needs help and West Point

Good morning. It’s our version of must reading…the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. And they can cook, too? The Single Airmen group at Cannon Air Force Base is volunteering to be the Habit for Humanity construction crew Saturday in Portales. Habit says not only are the Single Airmen handy around the house, but they’re furnishing […]

TV crew filming ag show in Portales

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Argen Duncan A crew from a Louisiana agricultural television show has been filming in Roosevelt County all week. Every year, the Louisiana Farm Bureau-produced “This Week in Louisiana Agriculture” weekly show holds a contest in which viewers write to tell staff why they should come to the viewer’s town, said host Michael Danna. This year, […]

Stock contractors rowdy crew

Bennie Beutler got inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this summer. He’s one of a good handful of stock contractors that have been so honored. Stock contractors are an odd lot. They’re not smilers. They’re always on the job … sort of a cross between a prison guard and the captain of a […]

Investigation results point to crew error

Freedom New Mexico Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron […]

Investigation: Human error of Cannon crew blamed in 2009 crash

Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron failed to refuel […]

Business feature: Open house highlights new chopper

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Showing onlookers a compartment barely the size of a walk-in closet, Bruce Mitchell explained how the small area becomes a functional medical unit while at the same time, flying patients to trauma centers. Mitchell, a registered nurse and AeroCare crew member, said Wednesday the opportunity to speak and show […]

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 […]

Hay baling exciting for youngsters

By Glenda Price In the old days, baling hay was not a one-person operation like now. After the hay was cut and raked into windrows the baler crew of at least three people finished the job. A ranch where we lived had a vega (meadow) that made great grass hay, so my dad decided we […]

Squadron takes team approach to medical care

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —The 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron takes a team approach to operational medicine with five divisions that all work together. Those divisions include flight medicine, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry and dental. Lt. Col. Jimmie D. Bailey II serves as commander of the 27th Special […]

Helicopter based at area hospital

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital now has AeroCare during the day, allowing the facility to transport patients to Lubbock in a timely manner. According to RGH administrator James D’Agostino, the helicopter is based at the hospital on a temporary basis. During the day, Aerocare is on site and at night the […]

Medics keep crew in air

By Staff Sgt. Cassandra Locke: NCOIC, Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 379th Expeditionary Wing’s aerospace medicine team provides care for the flyers so they can stay in the fight. “We are the maintainers of the wetware that flies the hardware,” said Maj. Walter Matthews, chief of aerospace medicine for the wing. Flight surgeons are […]

April 15, 1970

Several million gallons of water were lost after a telephone crew hit a water main that was located between South Avenue J and K on West Fir. Valley TV was selling Avocado colored nylon high-low textured carpet for $3.49 per square yard. Miss Juanita Hancock was elected to serve a second term as president of […]

Producer pleased with Portales area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood magic doesn’t always come easy when it comes to producing a movie. Selected for its resemblance to northwestern Oklahoma in the 1960s, Portales and the surrounding areas became home for the production crew and actors of the film “Believe in Me,” said co-producer John Bard Manulis. Chosen partly […]

Community reels in excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It would have been a great enough experience for Juan Garza just to play a bit role in “Believe in Me.” However, when the Clovis and Portales restaurant owner sees himself in a bit part in the movie about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team, he’ll think of the time […]

Lifesaving lift

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer A ride with Southwest Med Evac is not one you want to make, but according to paramedics it’s a ride that can save a life in time of medical emergency. In business since 1994, Southwest Med Evac has been servicing the local area with a fixed wing aircraft since […]

Attention to detail earn Airmen ‘Safety Salutes’

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Pilots are trained and prepared for it, but none of them want to ever use that training. Ejecting from a high-speed F-16 can not only be frightening, but deadly, too. Thankfully for Cannon pilots, they have the trained expertise of the 27th Maintenance Group to ensure they are flying in […]

Residents meet Special Ops crew

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. Resting an arm against the seat he sits in to pilot the AC-130U gunship, he tries to demystify the aircraft — its snaking wires, its multiple […]

Clovis being considered for movie location

Freedom Newspapers Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

Local man accidental witness to first A-Bomb explosion near Roswell

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers John Ellison’s mission that morning focused on endurance. The B-29 commander, along with a flight engineer and four trainees, took off from Roswell Air Field just before 5 a.m. on July 16, 1945. Their purpose, Ellison said, was to condition the trainees for their World War II bombing missions over Japan. […]