Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

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Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Cannon medics return from aid work

Freedom New Mexico Five Cannon Air Force Base medics are being welcomed back from their humanitarian deployment on the USNS Comfort with a gathering at the base clinic 9:30 a.m. Monday. The Airmen, assigned to the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, were deployed in a joint services environment on the USNS Comfort. The primary mission […]

Area teachers learn about deployment

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan From left, Mesa Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Zane Klein talks with Airman 1st Class Erin McKee and Senior Airman Chrissie McKee at the medical section of a mock deployment line during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event at Ca By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico “Just be careful. Some insurgents […]

Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq. Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to […]

N.M. Delegation welcomes news of special ops squad deployment to Cannon

WASHINGTON – Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation today welcomed news that the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base.

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A local family counselor says deployments can be hard on families before, during and after the deployment period. By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Military feature: Airman tackles marathon

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Staff Sgt. Lucas Newman says he didn’t like running until he was deployed to Iraq. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Lucas Newman never really liked running until his first sergeant talked him into a 5-kilometer race two years ago during a deployment to Iraq. The Cannon Air Force Base […]

Deployment can be tough on families

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer It could be Thursday, Friday or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said […]

Q & A: Cannon sergeant prepares for fourth deployment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Staff Sgt. James Coppi, 27, stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, talked about his upcoming deployment. Cannon officials would not give details regarding Coppi’s deployment, citing security reasons. They said only that he will leave this fall to go to southwest Asia. He is married and he […]

Family relief: Bill would provide job assistance for military families

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Bethany Hiller pulls weeds in the front yard of her home Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. Doing yard work, checking the oil and jump starting cars are some of the things Hiller has had to do since her husband was deployed. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It was a […]

Chaplain inspired by military pride

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Richard Hall, wing chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base, did a memorial service for a young soldier from Wisconsin during his 2004 deployment in Iraq. The man was serving in Air Force security forces and had only been in Iraq 12 days […]

Base readies for deployment

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Members of the 523rd Fighter Squad at Cannon Air Force Base check the inventory of their chemical protection gear during the war readiness mobility deployment process Monday morning at the base. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for […]

Major deployment postpones Cannon Appreciation Day

CNJ staff About 350 Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday will deploy to Nevada for three weeks of training exercises, the largest deployment so far this year. Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, said pilots and support personnel from the 522nd and 524th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the “Red Flag” […]

An exercise in deployment

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A1C Sean Ellenburg, of the 27th Comm Squadron, secures a pallet full of equipment before it’s weighed in the cargo yard at Cannon Air force base Thursday during a training exercise (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert Yates wants his Cannon Air Force Base personnel […]

CAFB fighter jets set for deployment

CNJ Staff Cannon Air Force Base has released additional information about the upcoming deployment of the 522nd Fighter Squadron to the Arabian Gulf. Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, who heads up the 27th Fighter Wing, will lead the deployment of six F-16 fighters and more than 155 support personnel to a four-week joint allied […]