Cannon command changes in emotional ceremony

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Capt. Paul Sula, along with the others from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, honor outgoing commander of Cannon Air Force Base Col. Stephen Clark with a final salute Friday during a change of command ceremony. Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, […]

Portales veterans honoring returning, deploying airmen

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 “Hail and Farewell” event Friday listen to a speaker. Once a month since January, the local VFW post has been recognizing Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Support Squadron personnel who are deploying or have returned from deployment. Argen Duncan […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

Remembering the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An MC-130W crew from Cannon Air Force Base performs a flyover during the Monday morning Memorial Day observance at Lawn Haven Garden of Honor. Kevin Wilson With plenty of wind to blow them, the colors of numerous veteran organization flags flew at half-staff Monday morning. Their groups, and members of […]

Cannon leaders move on to success

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Courtesy photo Col. Clark was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program in 1986 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. During his 22 years of active-duty service, he has served as a pilot, instructor/evaluator pilot, class commander, assistant director of operations, chief of current operations, chief of safety, and chief pilot. Sharna Johnson Philip […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

Two names being added to county war memorial

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Courtesy photo: Billy Gonzales Joe Luis Gonzales enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968, he died in during an exercise board the USS Evans when an aircraft carrier ran through the ship in Australia. Gabriel Monte Joe Luis Gonzales is not a forgotten sailor. He’s a sailor who people barely remember. In fact, the Curry […]

Combat call center online

CNJ staff A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in […]

In one stroke, a new Obama national security team

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Seeking to tame wars overseas and budget deficits at home, President Barack Obama announced a major remake of his national security team Thursday aimed at ensuring leadership continuity during a perilous time. His own re-election approaching, Obama turned to a cast of familiar and respected officials for the most sweeping […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30-May 3. The burns are intended to clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Developers: Regulations, price of land add to cost of building

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Houses on Carmel Lane near the Clovis Civic Center are in various stages, from empty lots to homes in progress to moved-in residences. Developer John Bourne said it’s hard to find a balance between building a home that’s affordable to residents and making enough money on a project to justify […]

Clovis resident in running for national civilian award

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USAF: Senior Airman James Bell Ivan Sarracino, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, receives the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award from Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, on Jan. 13. The Leo Marquez award highlights outstanding achievements in the aircraft maintenance and munitions squadrons across the Air Force. Sarracino won the […]

Affordable Housing Plan taking step toward ordinance

Kevin Wilson When Clovis found out that nearby Cannon Air Force Base would receive a bump in personnel for its new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, growth management consultants suggested an affordable housing plan as responsible planning for the city’s future. The last two commanders at Cannon, and some of their officers, have spoken […]

Former Cannon commander nominated for first star

CNJ staff Former Cannon Commander Col. Timothy Leahy has been nominated for his first star, according to the Department of Defense. Leahy is currently serving as knowledge and futures director at the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Leahy is nominated for the rank of brigadier general.

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

Night training missions to be held at Cannon

CNJ staff Crews from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School AC-130 Weapons Instructor Course will be performing night training missions at Cannon Air Force Base throughout the month of March, according to a news release. The first mission will take place Monday. The 14th Weapons Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will be conducting the flights. […]

Ospreys land at Whiting Field

The sky wasn’t falling Wednesday if you lived north of Milton, it was the Osprey’s landing at NAS Whiting Field. A group of four MV-22B Ospreys and a KC-130J Super Tanker landed at NAS Whiting Field to offer a static display to future Marine airmen who are working on earning their wings. Captain Jamie Vandiver […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]