Base commander returning to Florida

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt Field, […]

Base growth highlighted at chamber banquet

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Air Force Special Operations Commander Gen. Donald C. Wurster speaks about the growth of Cannon Air Force Base during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center. Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the growth of […]

Area lawmakers say Cannon unlikely to be impacted by defense cuts

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Cannon official promoted

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is the top enlisted position at Air Force […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of Cannon Air Force Base, has been nominated for his first star, which if approved would give him the rank of brigadier general. Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that […]

County commissioners back Cannon low-altitude training

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Courtesy illustration The proposed low altitude training area covers about 94,000 acres of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Sharna Johnson Assuring property owners’ rights would not be encumbered and the future of wind energy in the region will not be jeopardized, Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting low altitude training efforts by […]

Weekly update —

Santa Fe to support LATN Cannon Air Force Base’s Low-Altitude Tactical Navigation won support from the Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday. Councilors approved a resolution supporting the LATN on the condition that the military completes an environmental assessment, which is already required by the federal government. The deadline to comment on the LATN is […]

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 […]

Weekly update — Nov. 7

San Juan County resolves to support LATN People are still talking about Cannon’s LATN proposal. The San Juan County Commission passed a resolution Thursday night in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposal to establish a low altitude tactical navigation area, or LATN, in northwest New Mexico and southern Colorado. San Juan is the second […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Base commander: Communication key in low-altitude training issue

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Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark said communication is going to be the key to the Air Force creating a low-altitude tactical navigation area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Cannon hosted eight public meetings within the proposed 94,000 square mile area that Cannon would train its MC-130 and […]

Cannon spouses start German club

Alisa Boswell Calling all fluent German speakers to join them is a new German club that has stemmed from Cannon Air Force Base. Deutscher Stammtisch, which is German for German Club, was started by Barbara Howery, the wife of an Air Force major stationed at CAFB. After coming to Clovis with her husband, Howery was […]

Cannon spouse wins lottery

CNJ staff report A Clovis homemaker and military spouse won $30,000 playing scratch off lottery’s Big Bingo Monday night. Darlene Greene told lottery officials she plans to use some of the money to pay off a car loan, according to a press release. Linda Hamlin, New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman, said Greene’s husband Wendell, stationed at […]

Cannon conducting readiness exercise

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will be conducting an operational readiness exercise until Oct. 29, according to a news release. The release said the exercise began Wednesday. Residents on or near the base may notice increased activity, use of the public address system and may hear sirens and simulated explosions, the release said. The […]

Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Friday morning briefing: Black eyes, free food and cash for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School business Monday is parent-teacher conference day for Portales Municipal Schools from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no school that day. Information: Call the administration office at 356-7000 or call your child’s school. Black eyes for Cannon Airmen of all ranks will […]

Press release: USAF announces Colorado public scoping meetings on Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area Proposal

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force will present information and hear issues and concerns regarding the proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation Forces here during a series of upcoming public scoping meetings hosted by several Colorado cities. The schedule for the meetings is as […]

Proposed ordinance would create new zoning designation for Cannon housing

Kevin Wilson If an ordinance is approved next month by the Clovis City Commission, the community could see Mission Homes work on its mission to aid Cannon Air Force Base’s mission. The ordinance is up for approval in the Oct. 21 commission meeting creating planned unit development designation in the city building and zoning codes. […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]