Operation Dark Night helps prepare forces

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group, simulate dragging a wounded soldier to safety during a training exercise Sept. 20 at Melrose Range. The training consisted of several different scenarios and was designed to prepare the special operators for situations they could encounter on real world missions. By […]

Cannon accepting public comments at forums

27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, and Cannon Air Force Base officials answered questions and accepted public comments at four community forums Sept. 19-22 in Albuquerque, Taos, Espa

Cannon displays airpower during open house

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Cannon Connections correspondent: Liliana Castillo Tripp Aragon, 4, sits in the cockpit of a UH-1N Huey during the open house. Benna Sayyed By An estimated 4,000 civilians poured in to Cannon Air Force Base Saturday to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower and learn about air force operations. Civilians mingled […]

Roosevelt County holding appreciation day

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Promotions Director Sandy Van Der Veen go through boxes of door prizes Monday afternoon for the Cannon Appreciation Day, which is happening Saturday in the 801 military housing in Portales. By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing and their families get a close up view Thursday of a MC-130J as it arrives at Cannon Air Force Base. It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js that will be delivered to the base in the next fiscal year. Benna Sayyed […]

Cannon Appreciation Day set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Promotions Director Sandy Van Der Veen go through boxes of door prizes Monday afternoon for the Cannon Appreciation Day, which is happening Saturday in the 801 military housing. Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cannon Appreciation […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Entries encouraged for Cannon conservation contest

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Interested in winning a bicycle? October is National Energy Awareness Month, and the Cannon Energy Program is hosting a contest open to active duty, dependents, civilians, retirees and contractors to contribute to this important endeavor. Personal accountability is very important in creating the change in culture […]

Cannon Air Force Base open house set for Saturday

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USAF courtesy photo MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft. A system made up of several air vehicles, a ground control station, communication equipment/links, spares, and support people. Mission: medium-to-high altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system built to provide the joint force commander a persistent hunter-killer able to strike up-and-coming targets. Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base […]

Base construction under way

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and will be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and was built at 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircrafts. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been […]

Cannon set for open house

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized military force does. Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized […]

Friday morning briefing: Ethnic Fair, Cannon open house and The Kid’s first crime

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ethnic Fair The annual Clovis Ethnic Fair is all day Saturday in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. Food, fun and lots more. Information: 749-6570. See Cannon The second annual Cannon Air Force Base open house is a free public event featuring […]

Air Force cuts some training flights in new plan

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force says it determined that its controversial proposal for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment, but still made adjustments to proposed fly-zones. A map released with an updated proposal last week cut out planned […]

Cannon to host Open House

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base invite the local community to attend the 27th Special Operations Wing’s second annual Open House on Sept. 24. This free event will feature Cannon’s specialized airpower capabilities on the Cannon flightline from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

EMT rodeo wrangles services into competition

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom The emergency medical team from Fort Sam/Houston, Texas, crawls through an obstacle course as part of the Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo. The EMT Rodeo is a competition in which EMT teams from across the United States and Germany test their skills in various events that simulate real life scenarios. […]

Cannon announces community forums

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base officials will present information, answer questions and hear public concerns regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment, released Sept. 7, which proposes to establish a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing. Evening community forums will […]

Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Courtesy photo: Chase Gentry Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza, left, and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos were among a group of area residents who visited Ground Zero two months after the attacks. Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created […]

Airmen active in community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell From left, Jeff Waldrop, Donnell Clark and Gabriel Alaniz all take a lunch break Sept. 3 after working half a day on building a home in Clovis for Habitat for Humanity. The three airmen all volunteer for various local organizations and events. Waldrop said he volunteered back home before joining the […]