Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing

A 31-year-old lieutenant has been missing from Cannon Air Force Base for one week, according to base officials. Lt. Scott W. Lee was last seen at 11 a.m. March 12 at his apartment in Clovis. He was scheduled to report for duty at Cannon on March 13 but never reported. A Cannon press release said […]

Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if […]

Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Their view: Pet considered part of our family

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper.This is her latest effort: My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and […]

Press release: Portales business owner arrested in drug raid

Portales, NM, January 24, 2012: Region 5 Drug Task Force Agents seize $51,000 worth of Cocaine in a Buy/Bust operation at local business. Agents from the Region 5 Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Clovis and Portales Police departments, the Curry and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Offices, and the New Mexico State Police conducted […]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Graduation —

Johnson Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Steven M. Johnson, formerly stationed at Cannon Air Force Base from 1998-2002, will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock, Texas, campus on Jan. 13. Steve is a 1975 graduate of Alamo High School in Alamo, Tenn. He served his country honorably for 25 […]

Their view: Taking on 2012 one step at a time

Jeni Ennis, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column for Freedom New Mexico’s military publication Cannon Connections. Here’s recent effort.

Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved for promotion to the rank of brigadier general, the Air Force Times reported on its website Monday. Promotions take effect upon Senate confirmation. Elton accepted command of Cannon […]

Air Force band performing free concert at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Air Force Academy Band out of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be performing in a free public concert 7 p.m. tonight in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Tickets are not required to attend the free concert. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., ticket holders […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed 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 Special […]

Developer selected for Cannon housing privatization

Freedom New Mexico A group of six Air Force bases, which includes Cannon Air Force Base, has selected a developer for a $470 million housing privatization project. Cannon will receive 1,038 homes in the Joe Cannon Estates and Chavez housing area — 677 new homes and 361 renovations on houses at Chavez West — through […]

Press release: Air Force selects partner for Cannon housing privatization

(From 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs) CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Belfour Beatty Communities (BBC) has been selected as the highest ranking offeror for the Air Force’s Northern Group Housing Privatization Project.

Birthdays —

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Miller Bowlers at Cannon Air Force Base Bowing Alley celebrated Beverly Miller’s 77th birthday on Oct. 6 with a cake, which was really good.

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. […]

Honors —

Hartle Rick Hartle, a 1974 Clovis High honors graduate, has been awarded one off our Annual Community Wingman Awards from Team Hill at Hill Air Force Base, Layton, Utah. The award recognizes contributions of individuals from surrounding communities who go above and beyond in their efforts to support the men and women of Hill AFB. […]

Monday morning briefing: Air Force business and books for cheap

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Business notes Brush up on doing business with the Air Force. A Doing Business with Air Force Special Operations presentation is 9 a.m. Thursday at the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Registration in free. Information: chamber@portales.com or 356-8541. Book bargains The Friends of the […]