Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets to perform in Clovis

CNJ staff The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps will be rehearsing today and Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium, according to a news release. The group will rehearse beginning 9 a.m. today and will hold a free community performance 8 p.m. Thursday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets are a […]

Monday morning briefing: Chiefs alone, Commander’s Call and rich pitches

Commander’s Call: The Air Force Junior ROTC of Clovis High School will conduct its October Commander’s Call Wednesday at the JROTC drill pad. Cadets will arrive at 7 a.m., with the event starting at 7:15 a.m. Col. Phillip Frazee said there will be a large number of promotions, particularly for the newer cadets. Upcoming commander’s […]

CAP cadets visit, learn about the 27th SOW

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. George Whitehead, 27th Special Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, answers questions about the MQ-9 Reaper from Civil Air Patrol cadets during their visit to Cannon on July 9. Cadets from Amarillo and Lubbock, as well as Clovis, toured the base and got the opportunity to fly in a 16th Special Operations […]

Cadets, airmen take part in Operation Air Force

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet Kaithlyn Radius, helps repair a roof at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales on July 19 as part of Operation Air Force. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Nineteen Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps […]

Cadets learn about special tactics

By Master Sgt. Buffy Galbraith, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Nearly 30 Air Force Academy cadets took part in a Monster Mash here June 13 as part of an orientation course to experience life as a special tactics officer. The Monster Mash was a six-mile, on-base race that tested […]

ROTC cadets earn honors

Clovis High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Core held its annual awards ceremony and military ball Saturday at the Landing on Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Honored were: Cadet Staff Sgt. Victoria Bailey, cadet Staff Sgt. Steven Dornak, cadet Senior Airman Laina Green, cadet Staff Sgt. Jennifer Landry, cadet […]

Air patrol teaches cadets to fly

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jay Burns of Clovis, a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, sits inside a Cessna aircraft Saturday morning at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Burns, a flight officer joined the group two years ago to learn how to fly. By Gabriel Monte The Civil Air Patrol has three congressional mandates: Search […]

Hands-on learning

Courtesy photo Members of a Clovis Special Weapons and Tactics team search rescued hostages and a terrorist during a recent exercise held at Cannon Air Force Base. By 2nd Lt. George Tobias: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base — Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets from colleges across the United States recently had […]

Military Feature: Cadets freshen up jets’ paint jobs

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Courtesy photo: 2nd Lt. George Tobias, Cannon Air Force Base Senior Airman Timothy Woelk, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, paints the tail of the F-111 located at Seventh Street and Highway 60/84. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer F-111 jets posed to greet travelers coming in to Clovis and Portales recently got facelifts courtesy of visiting […]

Cadets receive real-world training at Cannon

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Thirty Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets repainted a plane, worked at 27th Fighter Wing squadrons and practiced marksmanship skills at Cannon Air Force Base as they became familiar with how the Air Force enlisted and Noncommissioned officer airmen take […]

James Claiborne

James Claiborne Date of birth: April 20, 1919 War or conflict: World War II Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Coleman, Texas Theater and location of service: Stateside Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Sergeant Specialty: Link trainer instructor Lives in: Clovis In his words: After attending Randolf Army Air Base for training, Claiborne began […]

Vargas learned his trade at the Clovis airport

Don McAlavy Just prior to the beginning of Clovis Army Air Field in 1942, that air field was the Clovis Municipal Airport. In 1941-42, Clovis High School classes were conducted in the old hangar at the air field. Ramon P. Vargas learned to be an aircraft mechanic there. “There were instructors from Albuquerque,” said Vargas. […]

Clovis cadets earn nation’s highest ranking

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Members of the Clovis High School Junior ROTC Color Guard retire the colors during their commander’s call Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Air Force JROTC has been named a distinguished unit. That’s the highest-ranking given by the JROTC program nationwide. It means […]

Nolet, Edward

Edward Nolet Services: Have been held. Mr. Edward “Eddie” Nolet, 82, of Lakeland, Fla., died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born April 4, 1921, in Lawrence, Mass. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He married Charlotte Thornton on Aug. 5, 1944, in Louisiana. He spoke French […]

‘Operation Air Force’ offers glimpse into life

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]