Investigator: Officials broke chain of command

Robin Fornoff A private investigator has determined Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and former Finance Director Mark Lansford each broke chain of command in a dispute over a cost of living pay raise for County Manager Lance Pyle. Investigator Doug Shawn of Universal Investigation Services in Albuquerque was hired after Lansford filed a grievance Jan. […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Col. Albert Elton II is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours, Air Force officials have said. Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has […]

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 command changes in emotional ceremony

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Capt. Paul Sula, along with the others from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, honor outgoing commander of Cannon Air Force Base Col. Stephen Clark with a final salute Friday during a change of command ceremony. Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark paused during his outgoing speech to quell a rush of […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

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 […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Sheriff relinquishing jail

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray informed Curry County commissioners he is returning command of the jail to them Tuesday, leaving county leaders questioning what to do next. Murray’s decision was announced in a letter sent late Thursday. The sheriff said his decision to relinquish command was the result of the commission’s […]

Cannon showcases mission, aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michael Poston, deputy base civil engineer at Cannon, said the base has been under construction almost continuously since 2007. This building will be used for simulators and will be expanded to be a training center, called Simulator City or Sim City, Poston said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon […]

County still seeking jail administrator candidates

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost 90 days since Sheriff Matt Murray took command and nine months since the search for a new administrator began, the county is no closer to finding a candidate to run its controversial jail. And a question now emerging is whether the sheriff should permanently run the jail. Saturday, […]

Search for jail administrator continues

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County continues to accept applications for its vacant jail administrator job. The position has been vacant since September, when the county dismissed former administrator Lois Bean. Sheriff Matt Murray has had oversight of the jail since four inmates attempted to escape Feb. 21. That incident led to the […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Base commander Col. Stephan Clark, left, Col. James Slife, center, and Col. James Cardoso stand at attention during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife assumed command of the 27th Special Operations Group from Cardoso, who will become the vice commander serving under Clark. By […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]

House OKs Cannon funding

Freedom New Mexico Congress took the first step Thursday to funding more than $67 million of new construction at Cannon Air Force Base. The House approved the money as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It includes $450,000 for a new dormitory and an additional $52.8 million in construction by Special Operations Command, according […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

CNJ staff A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. […]

County jail short on command staff

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File photo Lois Bean took over as administrator of the Curry County Adult Detention Center in December By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three officers have resigned from the Curry County Detention Center in the last two weeks, leaving a lean command staff. Administrator Lois Bean said the officers — the assistant administrator, a captain […]

Cannon notes strides in first year of Special Ops

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Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy said he expects the aircraft fleet at Cannon Air Force Base to grow to 100 in the next five years. The 27th Special Operations Wing took over command of Cannon from the 27th Fighter Wing in Oct. 2007. By Gabriel Monte: […]