Running tribute

Courtesy photo: Henry Serrano About 60 Air Commandos participated in the run July 15 in honor of Maj. Gen. John Allison, who is considered the father of Air Force Special Operations. Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base non-commissioned officers ran a 5k in their uniforms July 15 in honor of […]

Former Cannon commder named AF vice chief of staff

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. Breedlove was named the Air Force vice chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove has replaced Gen. Howie Chandler as the Air Force vice chief of staff as of Jan. 14. Breedlove previously served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at the Pentagon. Also a fighter […]

Gen. Wurster receives The Order of the Sword

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By Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster: Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — The enlisted men and women of Air Force Special Operations Command notified their commander of his nomination for induction into The Order of the Sword here Aug. 31, 2010. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster graciously received the news […]

Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Good Conduct Medal reinstated by Air Force

By Maj. Paul Villagran: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Air Force officials announced Feb. 11 the reinstatement of the Air Force Good Conduct Medal for enlisted members, effective immediately and retroactive to Feb. 6, 2006, when the medal was discontinued. Airmen who are eligible should see an update automatically in their records on […]

Timely budgets on secretary’s agenda

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.

Political gains will pave way for exit strategy

Freedom New Mexico Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker were impressive in Tuesday’s hearings regarding the current situation in Iraq, a year-plus into the “surge” and a few months into the inevitable drawdown of the additional troops provided by the surge. Their sober demeanor, stressing not only the reality but the fragility and reversibility […]

America needs to eliminate its use of torture

Freedom New Mexico So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as […]

Finding your kin can be coincidental

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Bea Alma Peacock died at age 88 on June 6, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born northwest of Clovis, at Hassell, but later raised her family at Ima. In her obituary she listed five of her grandchildren, one of them being Misti McAlevy living with her husband […]

U.S. should halt Pakistan aid until order returns

By Freedom New Mexico Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency, tantamount to martial law, which suspends the constitution, suspends the right to assemble in public, the right to free speech, the right of free movement, and the right of detainees to be informed of their offense and be given access […]

Iraq report leaves many questions unanswered

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps it was unrealistic to expect much more, but given the buildup, Monday’s report on Iraq was a little disappointing. However, it is true that Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had little to talk about. Perhaps it is to their credit they did not try to inflate […]

Aug. 12, 1942

The Clovis News-Journal reported Senora Jertrudes Arguello, 118 years old and believed to have been the oldest women in the United States, was buried in Clovis. … Maj. Gen. Robert Olds, commander of the Second Air Force in Seattle, said Clovis would be the recipient of one of three super airdromes used for super planes […]

July 30, 1931

All bids for the $30,000 National Guard Armory in Clovis were rejected by Brig. Gen. Osborne C. Wood. He said the plans would be revised and that a call for new bids would be advertised soon. … A reduction of 1/2 percent in freight rates on grains was announced. … For $15, a furnished apartment […]

War czar will likley end up as scape goat

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush has taken one of the most curious steps yet in a war that keeps getting, as Alice used to say in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. He has appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who is currently chief operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his “war czar” to […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gens. Wooley, Utterback

Col. Scott West Team Cannon – Today and this weekend we host Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations commander, Hurlburt Airfield, Fla., and Lt. Gen. Loyd Utterback, 13th Air Force commander, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. General Wooley makes another visit to assess the progress of transitional planning for Air Force Special Operations […]

House cleaning alone won’t fix formula for failure

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush late last week made significant changes in both his foreign-policy team and his top military commanders. The question is whether he is clearing the decks for action or rearranging the deck chairs. Given that President Bush is tentatively scheduled to unveil his latest strategy for the war in Iraq on […]

Air Force officials brief media, public on Cannon’s new mission

The honorable William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., listen during a community gathering at the Clovis Civic Center. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals William Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command commander and Major Gen. […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

CIA nominee’s hearing will bring needed discussion

By Freedom Newspapers Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the […]