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Baca Army Reserve Master Sgt. John A. Baca is deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners, according to a news release from the Army & Air Force Hometown News. Baca graduated in 1976 from Portales High School, and […]

Top leaders see Iraq war’s reality, add more troops

Freedom editorial The announcement that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be increased to 150,000 during the prelude to Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 is a bow to realism. It would probably be too much for this administration to acknowledge what the move tacitly admits: that previous troop levels have been insufficient […]

Cannon engineers capture award

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Members of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Fighter Wing civil engineer squadron install an electrical circuit box while deployed in Kuwait last year. Courtesy Photo By Darrell Todd Maurina Civil engineers from Cannon Air Force Base racked up a long list of combat achievements during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Last month, they picked up a prestigious […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Staff Sgt. Mike Amado and Airman 1st Class Stacy Brenenstall (front), 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, secure a Joint Direct Attack munition onto an F-16 prior to an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. COURTESY PHOTO: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE By Darrell Todd Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America […]

At Cannon Air Force Base, it’s also about the family

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of United Way agency profiles that began last month. Empathy from strangers never seems to be in short supply for spouses of Cannon Air Force Base personnel who have been sent away. But understanding from those in the same situation can be a […]

More Cannon troops returning

CNJ Staff About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

Cannon troops welcomed home

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Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s runway. […]