551st SOS reactivated

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather Redman Paul Harmon, left, Air Force Special Operations Training Center commander, presents Lt. Col. Arthur Davis, right, with the 551st Special Operations Squadron guidon during the activation of the squadron as Colonel Arthur Davis assumed command on July 24. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs Pledging to continue its […]

After lunar mission, Earth next frontier

Freedom New Mexico Forty years ago this weekend, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the most famous men on the planet. And they were some 240,000 miles from it. They were circling the lunar surface preparing to set down for what would become one of humanity’s greatest achievements. On Monday, we will […]

Cannon airman aiding humanitarian mission

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DoD photo: Airman 1st Class Ashley Garcia Senior Airman Brett Manz, a dental technician assigned to the 27th Special Operations Aero Medicine Squadron applies fluoride varnish to a student’s teeth to make them stronger. By Airman 1st Class Ashley Garcia: USNS Comfort Public Affairs TUMACO, Colombia — Members from the dental team assigned to Military […]

Cannon reservist aiding humanitarian mission

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DoD photo: Benjamin Faske Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiffiny L. Cicero is taking part in “Continuing Promise 2009″, aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). By Dona Fair: Joint Hometown News Service USNS COMFORT, Colon, Panama — When most people leave their ship at this port city on the tiny ismuth that separates the […]

2009 PHS grad opts for mission

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent Many soon-to-be Portales High School graduates will dive straight into the workforce or head to college over the next few months. Steven Howard, however, may be living in a hut in Africa, learning Swahili. Howard, a PHS track standout and ballet dancer, has signed to serve two years in a […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting school vacation celebration

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Freedom New Mexico The Lighthouse Mission is making sure children get at least a little bit of vacation this summer. The mission is hosting Fun in the Park beginning at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park Saturday. Richard and Geri Gomez of the mission said as children, their families didn’t have the money for summer vacations. […]

27th Medical Group hosting open house

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Medical Group will host its provider open house at the base clinic today from 5-7 p.m. Those attending the event will include senior medical administrators from Plains Regional Hospital in Clovis and Roosevelt Hospital in Portales, as well as network providers, dentists and public health professionals from […]

Cannon to receive stimulus money

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Two-year-olds at the Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center, from left, Jacob Clines, Natasha Cotton and Kaira Morgan, play under the care of program technician Norma Alonso. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections $26.4 million in federal stimulus money is going into improving the quality of life and utilities at […]

SERE training plays key role in aircrew mission

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Tech. Sgt. Anthony Proctor demonstrates the first three of five phases of evasion during Code of Conduct Continuation Training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs It is a pilot and crewmember’s worst nightmare: their aircraft goes down in unfriendly or unfamiliar territory. Threats could include […]

New study will focus on Cannon’s growth

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take the lead in a Joint Land Use Study into expansion and a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base. As community sponsors, the county will act as the lead, local agency and partner with the Office of Economic Adjustment in obtaining grant […]

AFREP sustains mission, saves money

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Michael Harris, 27th SOMG, inspects a circuit card for an LCD monitor. Through the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program, airmen work with advanced machinery to detect and repair malfunctioning circuits in equipment. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Most of us do not look forward […]

Nov. 7 Cannon Community

Mission auditions — Tops in Blue auditions deadline is Dec 2. If you sing, play an instrument, have lighting and sound engineering experience, dance, are a comedian, or can drive a large vehicle, Tops in Blue needs you. Visit:

Inprocessing program undergoes revamp

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals: 27th SOW Public Affairs What once took three weeks now takes four hours after the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Squadron Military Personnel Flight recently revamped its inprocessing program. A review of the existing inprocessing program was conducted in July at the request of Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations […]

Fraternity runs to help military families

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families. A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation. The Fisher […]

Reaper flies first Iraq mission

Courtesy photo: USAF A maintenance airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan Oct. 1. Capable of striking enemy targets with on-board weapons, the Reaper has conducted close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Staff and Air Force News Joint Base Balad, Iraq — The Air Force flew its first operational MQ-9 Reaper mission […]

Honors: Robert Turner

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while […]

Group plans mission trip to China, Vietnam

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Sasha Parker and Casey O’Connor know their mission trip this month to China and Vietnam will be life-changing. The two Eastern New Mexico University freshmen, both 19, said they also expect the experience to increase their faith and deepen their relationships with God. “I know God’s going to change […]

Last Son Tay mission helicopter retires after 38 years of service

By Tech. Sgt. Kristina Newton, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A mission to rescue approximately 50 American prisoners of war from the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam in 1970 became a watershed event for Air Force special operations.

Military spouses publish summer activities list

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Brothers Zach, 5, from left, Austin, 6, and Dominic Fite, 4, watch the hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo Tuesday afternoon. By Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June […]

Religion Digest

Art donations, volunteers needed The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis is seeking donations from area residents of art prints, paintings, sculptures, antiques, homemade quilts and other artistic pieces, especially artwork created by local artists, for a silent art auction fundraiser to benefit the rescue mission’s ministry. Art donations should be taken to the Lighthouse Mission by […]