Behind the scenes: Crew chiefs with caliber

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Cushman and Airman 1st Class Danny Beckwith, 522nd Special Operations Squadron crew chiefs, perform an inspection atop an MC-130J Commando II at Cannon Air Force Base on March 7. Crew chiefs must ensure aircraft configurations meet Air Force Special Operations Command standards […]

The women behind the men: Carrie Boyd

Carrie Boyd Christina Calloway Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on military wives Carrie Boyd was born into a military family, so she knows the joys and the struggles that come with a military marriage. The mother of three takes after her mother by keeping a positive attitude while dealing with hard […]

Air Commando of the Month: Self-motivation

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Johnson, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron airfield management, stands on the flightline in front of nearly 1,300 runway lights that he maintains. By Senior Airman Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: Each month a new airman will be highlighted as Air Commando […]

Behind the scenes: Relying on radar

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Greg Stanley and Jordan Ortiz, 27th Special Operations Communi-cations Squadron radar maintainers, make their way to the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar Feb. 24 at Cannon The DASR system will replace the existing outdated Airport Surveillance Radar in May. By: Airman 1st Class […]

Letters to the editor: Lansford’s leadership skills proven

Lansford’s leadership skills proven I respect the job Gayla Brumfield has done as mayor. Every leader operates with different strengths and objectives. I have stayed out of the fray, until the biased piece about the race was published last Sunday. There is so much not said that needs to be said about the benefits David […]

In tribute —

Editor’s Note: The following obituaries were published in honor of those who died in 2011. A • Adame-Fraire, Juan, 96, of Melrose, Feb. 1 • Adams, John Rex, 63, of Hudson, Colo., Jan. 11 • Aguilar, William M., 77, of Albuquerque, April 12 • Akers, Bennie “Ben” Wayne, 67, of Clovis, July 17 • Allen, […]

Religion feature: Program focuses on learning scripture

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Aubrey Barragan, 4, enjoys game time after attending a Faithful Bible Investigators lesson at High Plains Baptist Church, according to Barragan’s mother, Rachel Barragan. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is a continuing series on church outreach programs in the Clovis area. Betty Winn has invited schoolmates and friends to her […]

Behind the scenes: Course focuses on saving lives

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Miller, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, explains components of an Automated External Defibrillator to his class in a training detachment Feb. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. The CPR course is required every two years for the 27th Special Operations Maintenance […]

Commandos specialize in handling wildlife

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman C’Belle Tennimon sprays weed killer while Airman 1st Class Jacob Mathis navigates their vehicle near the flightline Feb. 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. Both Air Commandos are pest managers who routinely deal with public health concerns at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class […]

27th SOW Social Media: Dependents crucial part of conversation

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is third in a series of social media related stories. Recent advances in social media have completely altered communication for today’s military families. Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter enable them to share, connect and be part of events […]

Diamond notes: What we do today affects us tomorrow

U.S. Air Force graphic by 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or she is responsible for morale, […]

Religion feature: Outreach program aims to help people on road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Melissa Watkins delivers a sermon and prayer at the Celebrate Recovery program at Faith Christian Family Church on Tuesday night. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is the first story in a continuing series on outreach programs of area churches. Penny Hendren decided to change her life after being addicted […]

27 SOW social media: Pitfalls of social media

Public Affairs By Public Affairs Office: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is second in a series of social media related stories. According to a March 2011 poll by Internet World Stats, more than 2 billion people use the Internet — that’s nearly a third of the world’s population. Because of this widespread […]

Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Guest column: We can all find ways to serve

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By Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss […]

27 SOW social media: Join the conversation

By 1st Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is first in a series of social media related stories. Like. Tweet. Follow. Check-in. For those who have not been following social media over the past several years, these calls to action might sound foreign, or downright strange. Fear not, because these […]

Letter to the editor: ‘Angel’ makes Christmas brighter

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Behind the scenes: Excellence in engineering

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Airmen 1st Class Tyler Fornal, Steven Theodorou, and Richard Largey siphon out oil from one of their generators and check key components while performing routine maintenance Nov. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. All three airmen are technicians in the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production […]

Father’s advice still useful today

Editor’s note: This is Glenda Price’s final column which usually runs on Friday . “Heard Around the Supper Table” is being retired, so in this last column I’ve decided to share my cowboy father’s advice, written to me in my autograph book when I was in third grade: “To love is to trust May we […]