CMSAF shares senior enlisted wisdom

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs As a senior leader, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share with future leaders of the Air Force. It is this experience and wisdom that Chief Murray was able to share during his visit to […]

Community leader, base supporter receives award

Randy Harris, Clovis banker and member of Clovis Committee of Fifty, Ernest “Doc” Stewart, Lt. Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command vice commander and Barret Stewart, grandson of Doc Stewart gather round as Mr. Stewart Melanie Salazar When Ernest “Doc” Stewart saw Cannon in the 50s, the base looked a little different. “The officers lived […]

Air Force Climate Survey begins Oct. 1

Melanie Salazar The Air Force is continually improving upon itself and it’s up to Airmen and civilian employees to make sure leaders address the right issues. The Air Force Climate Survey, open to active-duty, civilians, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard, begins Saturday and ends Nov. 23. To take the survey online, visit […]

Airmen must not compromise integrity for loyalty

Maj. Kurt Conklin, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron “Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart … the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly […]

SARP office provides confidential treatment for sexual assault

Melanie Salazar For the first time, Air Force members have a confidential way to confront sexual assault. The Air Force has recently adopted a new outlet for victims called the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). SAPRO, put to work at Cannon in mid July, should be the first step for anyone wishing to […]

Having a ball

Lt. Col. Kenneth Rizer, 523rd Fighter Squadron commander (left), visits with Col. (Ret) Mike Connolly. Col. Connolly was the commander of the 27th Combat Support Group at Cannon from Oct. 14, 1978 to May 31, 1980. Airman Thomas Trower The 2005 Cannon Air Force Ball was a hit on Sept. 16 at The Landing. Attendees […]

Senate approves bill for Cannon project

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contains $13.2 million for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. Domenici, R-NM, urged the committee to keep construction funds in the bill for Cannon Air Force Base, despite […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]

WASPs pioneered female aviation

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Tonight, at the 27th Fighter Wing Air Force Ball, we will pay tribute to a group of women pilots, who, during the early period of World War II, contributed to our aerial history when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) desperately needed pilots. These valiant women were known as Women […]

Skydiving team taking flight over Cannon Air Force Base

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The take-off wasn’t as graceful as you might imagine. The C-27 plane buzzed like a gargantuan lawn mower. Its body hiccuped and rocked back and forth. The smell of exhaust fumes invaded its cabin. The crew inside, however, didn’t seem to mind or notice, but what else would you expect […]

Online tuition assistance to be available soon

Melanie Salazar Applying for tuition assistance will soon get easier for active duty college students. Beginning Oct. 1, students will no longer have to have to visit the education office to apply for tuition assistance, as the process will become available online. The same site students use to check the status of their Community College […]

Police step up efforts in New Orleans

By Sharon Cohen: The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Using the unmistakable threat of force, police and soldiers went house to house Wednesday to try to coax the last 10,000 or so stubborn holdouts to leave storm-shattered New Orleans because of the risk of disease from the putrid, sewage-laden floodwaters. “A large group of young […]

World War II Fighter Ace to attend AF Ball

27th Fighter Wing Historian Robert J. Goebel, the youngest of seven children, was born in Racine, Wis., in 1923. He entered the service as an Aviation Cadet at age 19 in 1942 and began his military career at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. After completing pre-flight training, he was sent to the Primary Flight […]

New Mexico leaders invite Defense Department to visit Cannon AFB

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico leaders are inviting Defense Department officials to visit Cannon Air Force Base, hoping that will help convince the Pentagon the base should stay open. The request comes days after the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to move Cannon’s three F-16 fighter squadrons elsewhere, reducing […]

How New Mexico fared

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base: Commissioners turned down the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Cannon, voting instead to dissolve its fighter wing and send its F-16s elsewhere while leaving the base open as an enclave. The action would leave an unspecified reduced force at the base while the Pentagon searches for a new use […]

What they are saying about BRAC

The Associated Press More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. It is a partial win and it appears to be a big loss, but we don’t know what’s coming.” — Marshall Stinnett of Portales, a member […]

BRAC Analysis

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the Army, […]

Keeping Cannon now means finding new mission

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for the […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key airbases, our […]