Group prepares for future

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An infant organization formed to ease the transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base met for the first time Thursday. The Local Growth Management Organization — consisting of hand-picked community members — discussed the road ahead with their governing body, the Local Growth Management Committee. “We’ve […]

Cannon airmen to receive new assignments in February

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base airmen with positions specific to F-16s will be given new assignments by a relocation team in February, according to a Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson. A team from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas will assign approximately 300 airmen permanent changes of station Feb. 5-9, according […]

Year in Review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • Deep battlefield re-supply, interdiction, and close air support Four major groups support the wing: Operations, […]

Year in Review: Area awaits arrival of new mission

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In early 2006, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained unwritten. Banners supporting the installation lingered in yards and storefronts. Residents of eastern New Mexico had just one thing to do — wait. “In the beginning of the year, we were anticipating we would be selected for a new […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

Air Force asks for correspondence

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before any […]

Family Support Center changes name; mission the same

Janet Taylor-Birkey The name has changed, but the mission remains the same. Air Force Family Support Centers have expanded their scope in recent years from working primarily with the families of active duty to a much broader mission. Centers today support and maintain mission readiness by assisting individuals and families with adaptation to the challenges […]

Cannon ‘Doc’ top Air Force flight surgeon

Janet Taylor-Birkey It wasn’t until George Buse was about 13 years old that he knew a career in medicine was in his future. His love of sports and reading opened up not only hobbies, but a rewarding career. “I was involved in martial arts and through that, through the training, I developed an interest in […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Comparative look at regional colleges and universities

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Fall semester begins: Aug. 28 Last day to register: Sept. 1 Cost per credit hour: $89 per credit hour for New Mexico undergraduate students, $103.25 per credit hour for New Mexico graduate students Status: Public university Mission statement: “The university mission is based on the concept […]

Air Force officials brief media, public on Cannon’s new mission

The honorable William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., listen during a community gathering at the Clovis Civic Center. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command commander and Major Gen. […]

A Special Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Thousands of residents, young and old, assembled at Saturday’s event at the Clovis Civic Center to celebrate the new Special Operations mission for Cannon Air Force Base. As numerous American flags waved in the light breeze, residents sought shade under awnings to enjoy free refreshments and live music. The patriotic […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

Real estate squeeze?

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, […]

Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]

Special Operations coming to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission to save Cannon Air Force Base has been accomplished. Cannon will soon become home to the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced this morning. The base is expected to expand in aircraft, and possibly in personnel, within the next two years, officials announced […]

Cannon mission search inching along slowly

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers As spring marches onward, so does the eight-step federal process established to find a mission for Cannon Air Force Base. By mid-June, the Air Force hopes to have analyzed compatible, conflicting and overlapping proposed uses for Cannon. This is the seventh step in the process that will end with […]

Survey: Cannon support continues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen people huddled around the television, awaiting word from the Department of Defense on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Diana Wike, a civilian employee of Cannon, had paused from her daily routine along with the group, assembled inside the base’s dining hall. Her job, […]

BRAC one year later, and the sun is out

Editorial The jolting news arrived one year ago: Department of Defense officials had targeted Cannon Air Force Base for closure. The impact on our economy would be severe — more than 30 percent, many agreed. We’ve fought hard since to save Cannon. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons — mostly about perseverance […]