Anniversary —

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple was married on March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is a retired air force airman and printer at Hollands. She is retired from school food service.

MMA: Cannon airman notches first pro win

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cannon AFB Senior Airmen Gilbert Cuhen got an armbar on opponent Derek Cansino while upside down during the first round of their mixed martial arts fight Friday during Fright Night Fights at the Clovis Civic Center. Cansino submitted to Cuhen 52 seconds into the first round. Gabriel Monte Gilbert Cuhen […]

Honors — April 3

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Neikirk [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Airman Andrew M. Neikirk has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Chris Neikirk of Lew Wallace Drive, Clovis, N.M. Neikirk graduated in 2008 from House High School.

Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Cannon airman faces charge after shooting self in leg

CNJ staff A 39-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces a possible misdemeanor charge after shooting himself in the leg Saturday. Curry County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound at a home in the 3000 block of Cottonwood Drive around 8:45 p.m. Initially, the injured man could not tell officers what […]

Honors — Nov. 21

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Hook [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher T. Hook graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is […]

Honors —

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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Ex-Cannon NCO challenging half-pay for discharged gays

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says he only wants what is given to […]

Honors — Aug. 15

Garica [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman Erica E. Garcia, daughter of Elvia Garcia of Portales, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and […]

Cannon airman remembers slain father

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Courtesy photo Thomas Manyvong with his father, Bounhom Manyvong, far right, and his mother Amnouy Manyvong, far left, stepfather Vatanachai Sangchai, left, and half brother Jerry Tango, center, during a 2007 Thanksgiving gathering at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Freedom New Mexico A Cannon airman led a jammed funeral service for his father earlier […]

More charges added to airman’s child porn case

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff re-arrested a Cannon Air Force Base airman Friday, charging him with an additional 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Zebulon Benne, 24, was first arrested Aug. 5 and charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children and 10 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Sheriff’s investigators said while executing […]

Cannon airman charged for child pornography

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Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. CNJ staff A 24-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman faces 60 felony charges, accused by a special Internet sting squad of downloading and distributing child pornography. Senior Airman Zebulon Benne was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail on a $500,000 […]

Press release: Airman arrested for child pornography

On Wednesday, August 5th, Investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Zebulon Benne, 24, of Clovis and charged him with 50 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (each a fourth degree Felony), and 10 counts of Manufacturing Child Pornography (each a second degree Felony.) During the course of an on-going investigation, Curry County Sheriff’s […]

Cannon airman recognized as outstanding airman of year

Freedom New Mexico Tech. Sgt. Marisol Lozada of Cannon Air Force Base was named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2009. Air Force officials selected the service’s top enlisted members July 2. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City, Texas […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his […]

First person: Cannon airman represents Clovis in Mrs. New Mexico pageant

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Abbey Brown spends her time running, reading and running for Mrs. New Mexico. Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Abbey Brown spends her time running, reading and talking to girls and women about how much she enjoys being a wife, mother, and an airman. As Mrs. Clovis running for Mrs. New Mexico, Brown said she wants to […]

March 22, 2009 Honors

Sharp Air Force Airman Ryan C. Sharp graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Tonya Points of Clovis. The airman is a 2006 graduate of Clovis High School.

Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff An airman previously assigned to Cannon Air Force Base was killed Sunday in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was a fire truck mechanic assigned to the 3rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. The patrol Bowles was with was checking on a local school when his vehicle […]

Remains of lost airman discovered

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Julia Carvutto, a 90-year-old retired school teacher in Norwalk, Conn., received a phone call from a friend 16 months ago asking if a soldier mentioned in the local newspaper that morning was Julia’s brother, Mart. “What are you talking about,” Carvutto recalled asking her. “She said, ‘They found his remains.’ […]

Sexual assault awareness program takes theatrical approach

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is taking a theatrical approach to educating airman about preventing sexual assaults. In a play called “Sex Signals,” actors Kyle Terry and Amber Kelly of Catharsis Productions of Chicago portray common dating situations using stereotypes, lots of humor and audience participation in a partly scripted, […]