Vietnam mission ‘well worth the effort’

“Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It’s not the home-run hitters.” — Baseball slugger Willie Stargell

Friday morning briefing: A rack, a rodeo and Happy Birthday New Mexico

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rack replacement Lighthouse Mission is in need a clothing rack. During the hectic holiday season, one of the mission’s clothing racks broke. Questions about size and type call 762-1933. Ranch rodeo The second annual Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo is 6 p.m. Saturday at […]

Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Gifts for kids The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration. They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy. Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and Portales Community Outreach are offering free Thanksgiving meals today. According to Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez, the Mission is cooking 40 turkeys this holiday. He said more than 500 slices of pumpkin pie will be on the dessert table. “We focus on feeding the people; we make sure […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Our people: Answering the call

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Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” The mission is a family affair with the original staff including several members […]

First run: 27th SOW Mission Support Group organizes base run

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo About 3,500 airmen of the Mission Support Group ran together for the first ever MSG run. Liliana Castillo The 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group at Cannon Air Force Base held its first run March 16. Chief Daniel Koning said he and Cannon’s command staff want to promote camaraderie and physical […]

Delayed reporting Tuesday for Cannon personnel

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Due to deteriorating weather conditions, there is a two-hour delayed reporting time for all non-mission essential personnel who work at Cannon. The Child Development Center, Pecos Trail Dining Facility and base fitness center will open at their regularly scheduled hours. All mission-essential personnel will report to work at normal times. […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 7

Lighthouse Mission Come join the building team for the new Lighthouse Mission shelter. You can help the Lighthouse Mission by donating materials and labor or discounted contract rates. Building Team: • General contractor, Roper Construction • Pad Site, Eastwood Construction • Concrete donation, Don Pool Construction • Concrete finishing, Mercadal’s Construction • Plumbing, Mark Carpenter […]

Cannon airman contributes to mortuary mission

USAF photo: Jason Minto Airman 1st Class Matthew Bokesch, front right, a public health technician assigned to the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, helps transfer the remains of an airman at Dover Air Force Base, Del. He is part of an eight-airman carry team. By Christin Michaud: Air Force […]

Commentary: EO mantra — All individuals have human dignity, worth

By Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: Equal Opportunity advisor Typically, no one wakes up in the morning with a plan to derail the mission, fail or be seen negatively. No one wants to feel excluded or uncomfortable. The importance of mission readiness and capability are stressed at every level; from supervisor to commander. Equal Opportunity violations […]

Cannon quilters continue mission of making quilts for families of fallen troops

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Adah Dean cuts quilt top pieces to the correct size. Liliana Castillo Operation Homefront Quilts at Cannon Air Force Base has changed its name but not its mission. Joanne and Jessica Porter began the program in Florida but became overwhelmed with the project early this year. Ellen Saccoia-Smith, who organizes […]

Cannon opens doors to media

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Eleven members of the media spent the day at Cannon Air Force Base Wednesday. Media Day included a briefing and interview with Col. Stephen Clark. Clark said $1.2 billion will be funneled into Cannon over the next five years. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base received its […]

Base growth touted during military media day

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Cannon Air Force Base received its first CV-22 Osprey last week and picked up a second Wednesday. That is one example of growth that has defined Cannon since it was switched from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command Oct. 1, 2007. The base showcased its mission, aircraft, growth and construction Wednesday for […]

Weather delays Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Due to inclement weather, non-mission essential personnel

Weather delays Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Due to inclement weather, non-mission essential personnel

Valentine’s Day: Military couples and the mission

By Airman 1st Class Valerie Hosea: 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Valentine’s Day is a day for people to share and show their love for another. For military couples, this day is a day of spent with their loved one or apart because of the mission. The Air Force […]

Delayed reporting for non-essential Cannon personnel

27th SOW Public Affairs Late reporting of 9 a.m. for non-essential personnel Thursday. Mission essential personnel will report as normal.

No reporting for non-mission essential personnel

27th SOW Public Affairs There will be no reporting for non-mission essential personnel at Cannon AFB Thursday due to inclement weather.

Contracting squadron greases the mission wheels

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Gerald Pelfrey, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, points to areas in a laundry room that will be modernized by contracting firm D.W.G. & Associates. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Although it’s more of a behind-the-scenes career field, Air Force contracting airmen ultimately […]