Lawmakers say Cannon would be good home for F-35

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers State legislators say Cannon Air Force Base, targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, makes economic sense as a future home for the Joint Strike Fighter. The fighter, also known as the F-35, is in the development stage and is expected to replace many of the jet fighters in […]

Singapore fighter squadron deactivated

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: A story in Thursday’s paper incorrectly attributed information to Brig Gen. Voon Tse-Chow of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The information should have been attributed to Brig. Gen. Ng Chee Khern. Following is the story as it should have appeared on Thursday: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — […]

Singapore squadron deactivated

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 428th Fighter Squadron, comprised of air force members from the Republic of Singapore and Cannon Air Force Base, was deactivated Wednesday after almost seven years of training at the air base. The squadron was comprised of 140 Republic of Singapore Air Force members […]

BRAC Talk: What the presenters said

The nine who testified on behalf of Cannon Air Force Base at Friday’s regional hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission: Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. — The senator introduced the entire case for Cannon supporters. He said the Air Force and Department of Defense are making a mistake in recommending Cannon for closure. He […]

BRAC team meets

By David Irvin CLOVIS — The strategic team formed to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure by the Pentagon came together Tuesday for the first time. Comprised of local groups, state groups and three paid lobbying firms, the strategic team set up shop at Clovis Community College and began divvying up responsibilities. “That […]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of […]

Yates promoted to brigadier general

By Freedom Newspapers Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According to Air Combat Command officials, Yates will be taking a post as commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano, Italy. Area community members remember his […]

Air space expansion could help Cannon survive BRAC

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very speed […]

Singapore Air Force reviewing training

By David Irvin The entire Singapore Air Force training operations in America are under review, officials from the Singapore Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday. But no decision has been made about what will happen to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, which is comprised of about 100 […]

Critics, supporters of Cannon expansion speak

By Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — Area ranchers’ dissent toward the Air Force’s proposed air-space expansion surrounding Cannon Air Force Base was countered by support from Clovis residents at a town hall meeting Friday evening at Clovis Community College. About 100 people attended the final of four public forums to discuss concerns or voice support about […]