Congressional candidate touts change

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. “But if […]

Visiting Gen. Wurster talks Cannon; AFSOC

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CNJ file photo Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster visited Cannon the last week of January and addressed questions about the new mission. by Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE  —Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster’s visit here Jan. 28-30 marked his first as the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.  General Wurster, […]

First aircraft arrives for new Cannon squadron

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Courtesy Photo A PC-12 Pilatus parks on Cannon’s flightline Jan. 8 and is the first of a planned 10 aircraft to be assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron over the next four years. The 318 SOS, when fully active, will have approximately 90 Airmen assigned to 27th Special Operations Wing Cannon Air Force Base […]

Base begins transition to new mission

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A little more than two years after nearly being shuttered, Cannon Air Force Base is now home to the 27th Special Operations Wing. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Cannon’s 2007: Once-targeted base now has special mission

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing now calls Cannon Air Force Base home a little more than two years after nearly being shuttered. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Company selected to head transition study

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

Fighter jets staple of younger years

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]

Residents prepare for transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Organization, said his group plans to use Defense Department funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Local businesses excited about transition

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, we […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

Safety remains important as summer draws to close

Commentary by Sophia Pressley: 27th Fighter Wing Safety. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Summer will soon be over and many of us are enjoying the last days of leisure activities with our families. Looking back over Cannon’s summer safety campaign, we have been very fortunate. Our success can be attributed to the supervisors and airmen […]

Cannon’s new mission approved

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

Cannon airman honored

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Allen: 506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq — Airman 1st Class Rodney Canary, 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Combat Support Fuels apprentice, earned recognition as the 506th Air Expeditionary Group’s Diamond Sharp Award winner for the week of June 10 – 16 2007. Canary, a Wichita, […]

Commander comments on year in command

Commentary by Lt. Gen. Norman Seip July seventh marks my one-year point as your commander, and in that time 12th Air Force has faced a number of challenges, including numerous short-notice deployments, high-visibility exercises- all during a period of force reductions. In the face of these difficulties, 12th Air Force and its subordinate units have […]

Udall encouraged by Cannon briefing

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been visiting eastern New Mexico for the last two days and stopped by Freedom Newspapers to answer questions about the area and Washington, D.C. Q: How are things going for Cannon Air Force Base and its planned Special Operations mission? A: The briefing I got […]

Officials: Cannon transition going smoothly

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the 16th Special Operations Wing to Cannon — which is expected toward the end of summer — […]

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the […]

Breakfast hosts first female chaplain

Janet Taylor-Birkey Introduced by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Gallagher as the first female chaplain in the armed services and the first female chief of chaplains: an officer “with a wise and loving heart of a pastor,” retired Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter addressed more than 150 military members and civilians at the annual Prayer Breakfast, Feb. […]

Local committee gains advisor

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth […]

Lawmakers optimistic about Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: • $7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]