Air Force showing its wings

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly through the skies over Clovis during the 2002 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then […]

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 […]

Military Briefs 1/12

Two Cannon fighter squadrons to deploy Cannon Air Force Base will have two of its squadrons leave base this month. The 524th Fighter Squadron left Saturday to deploy to Air Warrior, a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, until Jan. 23. The squadron departed with 12 F-16 jets and 131 people, including […]

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 […]

My Life

Chief Master Sgt. James Randall Editor’s note: James Randall is the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. His diary began Monday and concludes today. Hello from Kirtland Air Force Base in beautiful Albuquerque. I will be bringing this last installment to you from my laptop in my […]

Heartfelt homecoming

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By Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from […]

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. […]