Q&A: Commander impressed by local hospitality

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a […]

AFSOC leader coming to base

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. “After coordinating […]

Letters to Editor: Democrats should act or stand down

I’m far from an expert on governmental policy, but as I read the papers I keep seeing statements that the November 2006 election was a mandate to ending the war in Iraq and that our Democrat Congressional leaders are determined to do just that by submitting bills that establish a timetable for troop withdrawal. They […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

Cannon has new commander

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Col. John Posner, left, and Col. Scott West salute during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. West was vice commander at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar […]

Q&A: Base commander honored by nomination

Col. John Posner, commander at Cannon Air Force Base was recently nominated for a promotion to brigadier general. Q. How long have you been at Cannon? A. 18 months Q. Could you describe your daily duties? A. There are just under 4,000 people here at Cannon. Most daily duties are handled by the individual units. […]

Former Cannon commander promoted

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Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. (File photo) CNJ staff Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According […]

American Veterans commander visits Clovis

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American Veterans National Commander, William Boettcher, left, talks with New Mexico State Commander Mike “Doc” Tharpe before a meeting Tuesday at Post 14 in Clovis. Boettcher is the first AMVETS National Commander to visit. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A celebratory mood permeated the American Veterans Post 14 on Wednesday […]

Slaughter, Jack

Jack Slaughter Services: Have been held. Jack Wade Slaughter, 74, of Clovis, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at his home. He was born on June 26, 1930, in Clovis, the Rev. M.E. and Cordia Nancy Davidson Slaughter. He married Jean Jaquess on May 27, 1947, in Clovis. He was a member of VFW Post 3015 […]

Yates turns over command to Posner

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Lt. Gen. Randall M. “Mark” Schmidt, left, commander of the 12th Air Force, gives command of the 27th Fighter Wing to Col. John D. Posner, center, during Friday’s change of command ceremony. Col. Robert Yates is at right. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leaving offers bittersweet moment for the man in charge. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE […]