Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large […]

Planning team stresses state’s future

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission members said it’s critical to impress upon lawmakers the military’s importance to the future of the state. Randy Harris, Clovis businessman and committee vice chair, proposed during Tuesday’s quarterly meeting at Clovis Community College the committee sponsor a junket for key state legislators in […]

Cannon Crusaders take final flight

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base Thursday afternoon. While fighter jets are a common sight in Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end of the 27th Fighter Wing’s 523rd Fighter Squadron, known as the Crusaders. The squadron was the first […]

Cannon rewarded for safety record

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

27th still has work to be done

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter […]

Sept. 21 Veterans’ Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers M.C. Kelly Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1918 Dates of service: 1942-1969 served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam Hometown: Bellville, Kansas Theater and location of service: Europe, based out of England Branch: Army Air Force Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and Specialty: Fighter pilot, 376 Squadron in the 361st […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closing lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]