Military Feature: Cannon secures Air Force safety awards

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

Military Feature: Cannon Air Force Base awards bestowed

By CNJ staff The following received awards for outstanding leadership and service last year at Cannon Air Force Base during its 2007 Annual Awards Ceremony held Feb. 10 at The Landing: • Airman of the Year: Senior Airman John Castle, 524th Fighter Squadron. • Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Andrea Lee, 27th Aeromedical […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base […]

Cannon F-16 crash history

CNJ Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon has lost eight F-16s in crashes since 1997, according to newspaper archives. Nov. 27, 2006 — An F-16 assigned to the base’s 524th Fighter Squadron crashed in Iraq while supporting coalition ground combat operations. The fate of the pilot is unknown. However, the pilot was not from […]

Fighter wing has history with Cannon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech Sgt. James Elmore hopes he will remain at Cannon Air Force Base after the 27th Fighter Wing is decommissioned. Elmore is the wing’s historian. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Allen McGuire

Allen McGuire Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1918 Dates of service: September 1942 to March 1973 Hometown: Clarksville City, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: European: Duxford, England Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and specialty: 78th fighter group; fighter pilot Veterans organizations: Daedalions In his words: Growing up as […]

W.Y. Mitchell, M.C. Kelly

Sharna Johnson “We are going to take this crossing even if it takes a truck to haul the dog tags back.” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. W.Y. Mitchell Date […]

The sky is calling: Pilots take to flight early

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closings lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

Commission chair asks if Cannon can house F35s

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC […]

Cannon has played vital role in America’s air arsenal

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F-111s from Cannon flew 2,780 days of continuous support of Operation Southern Watch in Iraq by Cannon personnel. Southern Watch was set up to enforce no fly zones over Iraq following the first Gulf War. (Courtesy photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been […]

5/25 BRAC letters to the editor

Many airmen have fond memories of Cannon In regard to the letter written by Floyd Shumpert of Dallas and his experiences as a young airman at Cannon Air Base: I can only relate that my time here as a “base ape” was entirely the opposite. Almost from the first day I arrived at CAFB I […]

Bataan Death March survivors break ground for memorial

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Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales, left, was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years after being captured. Bataan Death March survivor Louis “Kildee” Herring is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the […]

Skies to host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mach Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

Base holds memories of times past

By Keith Pannell: Mach Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — During his four-year stay at Cannon Air Force Base, Billy Overby witnessed a lot of change. He was there when Cannon’s fighter squadrons switched from F-86s to F-100s in 1955. He was also present when Clovis Air Force Base changed its name to Cannon Air […]

F16s’ future discussed

Q and A Loren B. Thompson is the executive director of the Lexington Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Arlington, Va., mostly engaged in defense policy work. He discussed the role of the F-16 fighter jet (Cannon Air Force Base is home to 80 F-16s), assessing the military value of an air base, and […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]