Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Military feature: Bishop

By CNJ STAFF Air Force Lt. Col. Darren L. Bishop has assumed command of the 339th Recruiting Squadron in Clinton Township, Mich., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. A 1980 Clovis High School graduate, he is the son of W.A. and Rosetta Bishop of Clovis. Additionally, he has been decorated […]

Cannon F-16 crash history

CNJ Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon has lost eight F-16s in crashes since 1997, according to newspaper archives. Nov. 27, 2006 — An F-16 assigned to the base’s 524th Fighter Squadron crashed in Iraq while supporting coalition ground combat operations. The fate of the pilot is unknown. However, the pilot was not from […]

Nov. 28, 2006 Business Digest

DOT seeks proposals for Clovis air service The U.S. Department of Transportation will request a new proposal for air service to Clovis and Silver City, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The request is being made under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program that provides subsidies to airlines so that […]

Air Force jet crashes in Iraq

Coalition forces support

An F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Cannon Air Force Base flies a close-air-support mission Oct. 23 for coalition forces on the ground. An F-16 from Cannon similar to this one crashed Monday in Iraq. (Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 […]

Enlisted promotion pace levels out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Career enlisted members in the Air Force and Navy have drawn surprisingly near to their Army and Marine Corps peers in speed of advancement to higher grades and higher pay. Enlisted promotion data gathered from the four services under the Defense Department show some remarkable changes from fiscal 2000 to […]

Flag returns to Hurlburt

CNJ Staff The 1st Special Operations Wing flag returns to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Thursday during a redesignation ceremony of the 16th SOW, according to a 16th SOW Public Affairs press release. It will be the first time the 1st SOW flag has flown at Hurlburt Field since Oct. 1, 1993, when Air Force officials redesignated […]

Dealing in diving

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksJeremy Kitzhaber, owner of Clovis SCUBA, assembles a scuba unit Monday in his shop, located in the back of his home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When you sell a product that has no particular use within a 100-mile radius, it helps when your customers are your friends. That’s the […]

Service a family affair

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U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson spends time with his father, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Don Wilson, in the family yard in Clovis. Freedom Newspapers: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael […]

America Recycles Day aims to reduce waste

America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997 to encourage recycling and preserve resources. Jake Madril Wednesday is America Recycles Day – a day set aside to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. First celebrated in 1997, the number of participants has grown each year as communities and individuals renew their commitment to […]

Ethanol representatives address location question

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About 150 Clovis residents attend a presentation on the benefits of an ethanol plant being located in Curry County. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Ethanol Officials told an audience at the Clovis Civic Center Thursday night their proposed ethanol plant would create 50 new jobs, indirect jobs for truckers […]

Base namesake a leader in developing America’s airpower

Gen. John K. Cannon was a World War II Mediterranean combat commander and chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe for whom Cannon Air Force is named. 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office When Headquarters USAF announced that Clovis Air Force Base, N.M., would become a permanent facility effective June 1, 1957, it approved redesignation of […]

Chaplain enjoys serving soldiers

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Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Randi RickardsCapt. Eusebia Rios of Cannon Air Force Base takes aim during a dodgeball game. By Janet Taylor-Birkey: Freedom Newspapers Capt. Eusebia Rios can often be seen at squadron briefings, but she’s just as likely to be avoiding a fast speeding ball in a friendly game of dodgeball at the […]

Oct. 31, 2006 Business Digest

Bank CEO to receive governor’s award Bank of Clovis President and CEO Randy Harris is one of 10 New Mexicans to receive the 2006 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. Harris will join the other honorees Wednesday at the award ceremony in Albuquerque. The awards recognize government employees and private citizens for unusual contributions […]

Special ops leaders visiting base

By CNJ Staff Senior leaders of the incoming mission at Cannon Air Force Base plan to attend a conference at Cannon this week, according to Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs officials. The conference begins today and continues through Friday, officials said. Command senior leaders attend such conferences twice a year, according to Command […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

Cannon pilot earns ACC flying instructor honors

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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 […]

No pilot, no problems

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleScanEagle instructor Mike Wood steps over the launch cords as he prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch Thursday at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight […]

Hometown hero: Greene

By CNJ Staff Air Force Master Sgt. David N. Greene has deployed to an overseas forward-operating location to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Jeffrey and Pearl Greene of Clovis. The master sergeant graduated in […]