Revised rifle qualification course initiated

USAF: Alan Boedeker Air Force basic trainee Zachary Browning, 324th Training Squadron, Flight 044, reloads between shooting practice rounds at the firing range Nov. 22. Airmen are now required to take a new intensive Air Force Rifle Qualification Course. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The new Air Force wide […]

Recent election may change Iran’s politics

Freedom New Mexico The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that while there is still no solid evidence that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, the possibility is still “a matter of serious concern.” The reason is Iran is still playing cat-and-mouse with the IAEA in ways that cannot help but arouse […]

Over-budget weapons systems need questioning

Editorial The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If anything, they […]

Administration’s harsh words juvenile

Editorial The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated as a terrorist […]

Airmen vie for bragging rights

Cannon Connections photo by Andy Delisle Cannon Air Force Base airmen display their speed and accuracy during the Pioneer Air Fest bomb loading competition. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections “Competitors, are you ready to load?” The question, asked by Cannon Air Force Base Master Sgt. Malachy Perry, echoed across the flight line June 8. Following […]

Hussein not entire basis for decision leading to war in Iraq

Editorial Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney made the […]

Watchful citizens provide better protection than Patriot Act

Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it might […]

Firearms ban violation of constitutional rights

Editorial Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is […]

North Korean agreement should yield quick results

Editorial Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that watching might […]

Ahead of the curve

Senior Airman Wilfredo Nieves inspects the safety wires of the main gun system on a M61A1 20mm gun. Airman Thomas Trower Armament shop streamlines weapon inspection Though maintenance shops throughout the Air Force perform preventative maintenance on their equipment, one Cannon shop has spearheaded the effort to minimize the downtime of operational jets in each […]

Saturdays in the shire

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By Kevin Wilson The battle cries come each Saturday afternoon, with players coming from all over the area to turn Rotary Park into a battlefield similar to one seen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For those few hours, the small stretch of land is known as the Shire of the Shining Dogs, and […]

Lock it up

Airman Thomas Trower Story and photos Do you own any weapons? If so, have you registered them through the 27th Security Forces Squadron? These are two questions that every person assigned to on-base, Chavez Manor or Chavez West housing are asked before being handed the keys to their new home. “When the Security Forces are […]

Weapon loaders put to the test

By Tony Parra Weapon loaders at Cannon Air Force Base have a motto when it comes to their job — without weapons an F-16 fighter jet is just part of another airline. A trio of three-man teams battled for the title of “The Best Weapons Load Crew” on Friday during the 27th Fighter Wing’s quarterly […]

Each of us should decide whether we support the war

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Celebration certainly isn’t the right word, but we recently observed the second anniversary of going to war with Iraq. When talk of sending combat troops to that country began, just about everybody I knew assumed war was inevitable. I appeared as an invited guest on a TV talk show with […]