Their view: Agency working to streamline operations

Patrick H. Lyons, chairman of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, addresses proposed and implemented changes to the PRC:

Air Commandos earn citizenship

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Three Air Commandos earned their U.S. citizenship during a ceremony Feb. 16 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Individuals must normally wait five years before applying to become a U.S. citizen, however, if they are serving in the armed forces during a time of war that […]

Prescribed burns for Melrose Range

By 27th SOW Public Affairs To reduce the risk of wildfires during the windy spring season here in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will conduct a series of controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range within the next 30 to 45 days, weather-permitting. These fires clear the amount of vegetation […]

Postal service relocation will lengthen delivery time

Benna Sayyed Mail delivery in the area could take a day longer when the U.S. Postal Service moves its Clovis mail processing center to Lubbock, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service announced its plan Thursday to move the processing center. Dates for the transition have not been set, […]

Former Clovis High principal takes new post

CMI staff Former Clovis High Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of deputy superintendent of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools. Balch has served as the director of operations since July 2011. He has also been a principal at Bovina High School and Yucca Middle School. Balch, a native of Clovis, will begin on July […]

Portales youth tour Cannon

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Johnathan Estrada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, talks to kids from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, about his daily duties in the control tower Feb. 11 at Cannon Air Force Base. The kids from the home […]

Two new maintenance squadrons activated

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole Col. Wesley Norris, left, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, passes the official squadron guide on to Maj. Marcus Brazell as he accepts command of the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an official squadron reorganization ceremony Jan. 24 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Senior Airman Jette Carr: […]

Airmen receive STEP promotions

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Staff Sgt. Justin Hunter, 3rd Special Operations Squadron standardization and evaluations, is promoted to tech. sgt. by Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Dec. 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presented two airmen […]

Airmen step into the cage

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Courtney Wesley, jujitsu trainer and coach, examines U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marc Hightower after he was inadvertently jabbed in the eye during a Mixed Martial Arts Competition Dec. 10 in Clovis. Though temporarily blinded in one eye, Hightower, an airman in the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron at […]

Angels in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Lt. Col. Doug Distaso, 551st Special Operations Squadron director of operations, watches the child his squadron sponsored unwrap his gifts at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home Dec. 11 in Portales. Cannon Air Commandos sponsored 23 children for the holidays. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Cannon Connections Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved for promotion to the rank of brigadier general, the Air Force Times reported on its website Monday. Promotions take effect upon Senate confirmation. Elton accepted command of Cannon […]

Cannon’s healthcare organization changing

USAF illustration By 1st Lt. Theresa Paxton: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The 27th Special Operations Medical Group Family Health Clinic (formerly known as Family Practice) and Pediatric Clinic have started the implementation of Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This transition is scheduled to be completed Feb. 1, 2012. Continuity is the key to this […]

Cannon holds ceremony to welcome MC-130J

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Sept. 29 to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon welcomes new aircraft

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon receiving first MC-130J

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Comman. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Cannon hosts open house

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Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower. Civilians mingled with airmen, learned about and toured various aircraft and watched youngsters enjoy their few minutes as pilot of a static aircraft. A Cannon spokesman said […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates Sept. 11 attack

Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing salute as the flag in front of the headquarters building is taken down during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed many lives. More […]