Deployed Cannon airman volunteers with chapel

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Tammie Moore Senior Airman Kyle Eisenbarth stocks shelves as the Transit Center chapel Aug. 3. The chapel office tent, located directly behind the chapel, serves as an area for people to relax, grab a few supplies, enjoy a snack, socialize with others, fellowship or seek counseling. Eisenbarth is a chapel volunteer […]

Airman boosts morale one comic strip at a time

Courtesy: Staff Sgt. Terrence Corcio U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terrence Corcio illustrates the humor in everyday U.S. Air Force activities. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Most people send letters, emails, photographs and food to their deployed friends and family members, but Staff Sgt. Terrence Corcio, 27th Special Operations Logistics […]

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 […]

Children of deployed more likely to seek mental health care

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded. Findings also show that children of married couples — with the father as the servicemember […]

Program lets deployed troops read to children

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Scott Farley Tech. Sgt. David Aceveda reads a children’s book in front of a video camera Sept. 24 inside the USO Community Center on Dover AFB, Del., as part of the United Through Reading program. While Aceveda is deployed, the pre-recorded DVD and book will be sent to his children. Aceveda […]

Supplies for soldiers sought

Freedom New Mexico City Councilor Dianne Parker is collecting personal supplies for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Parker said she’ll take donations at her office at Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building until 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Donors can also call her at 356-7000, extension 1006, to have items picked up. Parker’s nephew, A.J. Castinado of California, […]

Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

Fitness testing begins for deployed airmen

U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Air Forces Central Command — Airmen deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility will roll physical fitness testing into their wartime responsibilities starting Oct. 1. Lt. Gen. Mike Hostage, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander, recently approved a policy authorizing fitness testing in the […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

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USAF file photo A MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd Special Operations Squadron sits on the flightline at Cannon. On Wednesday, Air Force officials announced the deployment of two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to assist with operation in Haiti. Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday […]

73 SOS airmen return home

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Airmen from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron and 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group return from their deployment on a C-17 on Oct. 6. Three 73 SOS, 14 27 SOMXG and 10 16 SOS Airmen returned following the C-130W. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A […]

Clovis police conducting saturation patrols in school zones

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols in school zones. According to a press release, officers will be watching for drivers exceeding the 15 m.p.h speed limit in marked zones. The fine for speeding in a school zone or for passing a school bus with its stop sign deployed is […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

Courtesy photo Bob Elliott, a former Air Force aircraft maintenance technician, graduated with his doctorate May 8 at Texas Tech University. Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who […]

Local guardsman assists Hurricane Gustav victims

Freedom New Mexico As part of his mission in the New Mexico National Guard, Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens of Portales is in Louisiana with 400 other New Mexico guardsmen deployed to regions affected by Hurricane Gustav. The Category 2 storm made landfall Sept. 1, causing flooding and wind damage to homes in the state, […]

Airmen, kids make valentines for deployed personnel

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mesa Elementary School third graders brought colored pencils, crayons, markers and glue to the gym. Construction paper was provided by the school and airmen from Cannon Air Force Base helped the students create Valentine’s cards. By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Air Force Base’s Company Grade Officers Club […]

Ice pops provide reprieve from heat

By 2nd Lt. George Tobias: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen and the Cannon community have shipped a cool treat in the form of ice pops to the injured troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation ICE POP provided ice pops to patients and medical staff in deployed medical treatment facilities, […]

Phase II: Readiness is the reason

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After an alarm red from an exercise air attack was downgraded to alarm black at a previous Phase II readiness exercise, 27th Communications Squadron Senior Airmen Hector Medina (left) and Anthony Squeo conduct a post-attack reconnaissance survey. Col. Scott West Warriors of the 27th Fighter Wing, Our ability to deploy and employ airpower and expeditionary […]

Community shows appreciation to Cannon Airmen

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Clovis radio personalities Duffy Moon (left) and Steve Rooney perform their usual morning show live from Balad Air Base, Iraq, outside the recreation center. Airmen from the 27th Fighter Wing sent live holiday greetings home. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Clovis radio personalities Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon of 107.5 FM traveled to Balad Air Base, […]

All I want for Christmas

Janet Taylor-Birkey An informal survey of Cannon’s middle tier asked the question, “When you were deployed, what would you have enjoyed receiving in a package?” Here are some of the responses we received, ranging from humorous to sentimental, practical to just-for-fun. No federal endorsement implied. Socks (white) Cheap insoles for our boots Plain notepaper/envelopes Batteries […]

Operation Season’s Greetings

Janet Taylor-Birkey Many stateside spouses are gathering goodies for their mates overseas, but stateside wife, Laura Cluverius is not only sending goodies to her husband, but his squadron team members in the form of “Operation Season’s Greetings.” Tech. Sgt. Michael Cluverius, is currently deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, with the 27th EMS. “Being the […]