Air Force: F-16 pilot killed

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 fighter jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq was listed as killed in action following DNA analysis of remains recovered at the crash site, the Air Force said. Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, 34, was supporting troops fighting about 20 miles northwest of the Iraqi capital. Videotape footage […]

Fund established for pilot’s family

By Freedom Newspapers A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed in Iraq last Monday. Donations may be made to the Gilbert Family Memorial Fund, in honor of Maj. Gilbert, whose wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. The fund was announced Saturday by […]

F-16 pilot identified

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 crashed in Iraq earlier this week has close ties to Clovis. Major Troy L. Gilbert, 34, identified by the Air Force on Wednesday, is the son-in-law of Clovis residents Jay and Judi Gurley, according to longtime family friend Martha Hardwick. Jay Gurley is a former Clovis […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

Cannon pilot earns ACC flying instructor honors

Capt. Ryan “Rock” Wartman, left, greets Capt. Steven “Amp” Frodsham, 522nd Fighter Squadron, Oct. 13 after Captain Frodsham’s fini flight – his last at Cannon. The Air Combat Command Instructor Pilot of the Year is heading to Langley AFB. Janet Taylor–Birkey As a boy, Steven Frodsham was captivated by the model planes his dad displayed […]

Iraqi-pilot trainer earns Bronze Star

Janet Taylor-Birkey Last summer the Air Force was looking for pilots to serve six months as aviation advisors to the new Iraqi air force as part of AEF (Air Expeditionary Force) 7 and 8. Lt. Col. Jack Maixner, who was at the time Assistant Director of Operations for the 522nd Fighter Squadron (currently director of […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]

There are no degrees of separation in combat

Maj. David Nicholson Are Airmen Warriors? We are at war. In case you need a reminder, just tune your TV to any news channel and it won’t be long before you hear about the latest military operation launched or the current U.S. body count. Most of the press centers around the Army and Marines, as […]

Becoming An Honorary Fireball

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Andrew Alley, son of 522nd Fighter Squadron pilot Maj. Matthew Alley, receives a flight suit from 1st Lt. Ryan Wartman in the beginning of his “Pilot for a Day” tour. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Amid wiggles and giggles, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed its newest, and youngest, “pilot” Friday Feb. 24. Andrew Alley, 6-year-old son of […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Illegal aliens land at Cannon

Keith Pannell 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. In the late morning of May 16, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of […]

Cannon pilot relives journey

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply stated. […]

Cannon Air Expo takes flight

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The ballet didn’t feature ballerinas. It featured gravity defying pilots, military mavericks, and their planes. Hundreds of onlookers were awed Saturday by the aerial and ground displays at Cannon Air Force Base. The airshow, Air Expo 2005, was a celebration of pure might. Innovative civilians used newspapers, towels, paper plates and […]

Training help

Amn. 1st Class Nate Shank transmits target data to his Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), updating target descriptions and locations. Melanie Salazar Behind the crumbling buildings of a small town in New Mexico, hid members of a terrorist training camp. Overhead, an American pilot soared above ground, speaking on his radio to Staff. Sgt. Israel […]

Local pilot’s tales retold in book

By Tony Parra Stanley Hardin’s memoirs of his time as a pilot were written down and created into a book, but only one that close relatives and friends had copies of. Twenty-two years after his death, the book has been published and now anyone can purchase a copy and experience the tales and adventures of […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Cannon supports job shadowing program

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]