Weekly update — May 8

Cannon, police looking into fight Clovis police and investigators from Cannon Air Force Base are looking into a May 1fight that left one man in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the altercation took place around 3 a.m. at a hookah lounge at 700 North Prince St., which is run […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Cannon increases security

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Fistful of weekend events keep residents busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Shirley gets his calf in position to tie it down during Saturday action at the Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping competition at the Curry County Events Center. Shirley posted a time of 10.14. Kevin Wilson From kites to bikes to football to fiestas, from high winds to high honors, […]

Press release: Cannon canceling prescribed burns

Due to adverse weather conditions, the 27th Special Operations Wing has cancelled a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range previously scheduled for April 30 – May 3. These fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cannon’s first woman, music forbidden and a chance of rain

Good morning. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the first woman The Women’s Initiative Network luncheon in April features the first female commander of Cannon Air Force Base’s 16th Special Operations Squadron. Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer will speak at the luncheon set for noon April 27 at […]

Cannon squadron hosting industry day

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base will host its second annual industry day April 29, according to a news release. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing Zone. United States Small Business Administration District Director John Woosley will present how his organization […]

Next Cannon open house set for September

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command […]

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. […]

‘Eagle eyes’ key for staying safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Wind festival to feature kinetic sculpture race

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CNJ staff Clovis MainStreet is organizing the inaugural Downtown Wind Festival 4-7 p.m. April 30 in downtown Clovis. The event will be held following Cannon Air Force Base’s annual Kite Karnival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. There will be educational booths and food vendors, with the “Pedal Art-itude […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Delayed reporting Wednesday for Cannon personnel

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There is a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel to report to work due to weather conditions.

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 […]

Cannon housing needs tops list among Midwest bases

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]

Cannon has greatest housing need

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base has the greatest need for improved and new housing units among six Midwest bases in line for private housing contract. The process of shifting to privatized housing was discussed Friday morning during a site visit meeting hosted by MHW Americas. By next year, the military hopes to have a […]