Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Air Commando of the Month: Self-motivation

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Johnson, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron airfield management, stands on the flightline in front of nearly 1,300 runway lights that he maintains. By Senior Airman Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: Each month a new airman will be highlighted as Air Commando […]

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Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Cannon celebrating Black History Month

By: Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office The 2012 theme for Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History”. Black History Month is a Department of Defense-recognized special observance to honor the contributions and achievements of all Americans to the American culture and to increase awareness, mutual […]

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

My turn: Pranks run in family

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My mother knows me too well. Before she moved last week, she gave me a month’s worth of advent boxes she had filled for me, one for each day in December. I opened Thursday’s advent box to discover she had filled it with rubber cockroaches. Allow me to explain: My father and I have always […]

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Bumgarner [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Rita Bumgarner as auxilian of the month for October. She joined the auxiliary in November of 2009 and volunteers in the nursery and also subs for the information desk.

ENMU celebrating Native American Heritage Month

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Alisa Boswell Early Native Americans honored their elders and survived by building their homes from dead materials, according to Nakima Geimausaddle. Geimausaddle is a member of the Lakota tribe and part of Celebrating Traditions, a non-profit organization based out of Oklahoma, which travels internationally, telling people about Native American culture to raise funds for veterans […]

FOD winners named

Cannon Connections staff Awards were given in the Foreign Object Damage program for the month of October Tech Sgt. Patricia Dees said the FOD program is intended to bring awareness to potential FOD hazards and prevent damage to aircraft or equipment and it is open to all active duty and civilians assigned to Cannon. There […]

Energy Awareness Month: Program helps conserve Cannon’s resources

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron On Oct. 2, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Energy Awareness Month. To underscore the importance of this effort, Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signed a proclamation designating October as CAFB Energy Awareness […]

Slam poet kicks off Hispanic Heritage month

Jillian Holbert An internationally-renowned poet takes center stage 8 p.m. today at the Eastern New Mexico University ballroom to kick off the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Gabriela Garcia Medina has received international acclaim and has traveled to Brazil, South Africa, Cuba, Switzerland and all over the U.S. to perform her poetry. This poet has […]

Officials reluctant to cut retirement

Military careerists have been spun up this month, unnecessarily in our view, by sensational headlines and news bulletins about a plan to “slash” their retirement, citing a “Pentagon study.” The study was done by the Defense Business Board, a group of independent business executives that advises the secretary of defense from time to time on […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Cannon personnel honored

Cannon Connections staff Three awards were given in the Foreign Object Damage program for the month of June. Tech Sgt. Patricia Dees said the FOD program is intended to bring awareness to potential FOD hazards and prevent damage to aircraft or equipment and it is open to all active duty and civilians assigned to Cannon. […]

Pintores artist of the month

Scott Blazek Each month Pintores Art League of Clovis features a display at the Clovis-Carver Public Library located at the corner of Seventh and Main Street across from the Curry County Courthouse. In the month of June, featured artist Scott Blazek exhibits samples of his children’s book illustrations, notably his Clovis Crawfish and friends that […]

Clovis man pleads gulity in deadly shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis woman. James Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Sandra Bousquet, 36, died March 3, 2010, one month after she was shot in the neck at her Clovis residence in the […]

ENMU hopes to fill baseball spot by June 15

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school in 1992. […]

City to start testing tornado sirens

Alisa Boswell Beginning today, Portales will be testing its tornado sirens at noon every first and third Thursday of the month to ensure the city’s mass notification system is fully operational and all Roosevelt County residents are able to hear alerts. “We want to make sure our equipment is functioning and we are doing it […]

Cannon's Big Give

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Jonathan Garrett and Airman 1st Class Phillip Opat were two of the12-person VMX2 team to assist with a publicity event at Gabriel’s Gardens May 14. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The month of May means time for the Big Give at Cannon Air Force Base. The Big Give is […]