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 […]