Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

Staff and wire reports Tech. Sgt. Matthew Schwartz, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was among three servicemen killed Jan. 5 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province’s Shir Ghazi, the Defense Department said Saturday in a news release. Schwartz was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 90th Civil […]

Airmen receive STEP promotions

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Staff Sgt. Justin Hunter, 3rd Special Operations Squadron standardization and evaluations, is promoted to tech. sgt. by Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Dec. 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presented two airmen […]

Injured soldier showing improvement

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

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 […]

Shout outs— July 17

Veteran sends well wishes to relatives Born in Tucumcari in 1963, retired Senior Master Sgt. Dave Aragon spent most of his early years as a Clovis resident, attending Lincoln Jackson Elementary School, Marshall Junior High School, then Clovis High School, graduating with the Class of 1982. Dave enlisted and entered the active duty Air Force […]

Building strength, character

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott, a patrolman for the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, performs bicep curls at the Cannon Air Force Base fitness center. Wescott has been competing in bodybuilding since 2009. Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott represented Clovis in the 2011 Musclemania New Mexico State Championships in May in Albuqueque. […]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, […]

Commentary: Chief offers assignment advice for enlisted airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a functional manager for enlisted communications assignments. When I first arrived, I questioned our assignment policies all the time. However, as I became aware of the reasons […]

Command chief talks about new position

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Airman takes on professional body-building

Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Eric Schmidt, center, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, stands among other winners after winning first place in his division and first place overall during the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Arizona Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Pro Qualifier Competition on Aug. 28. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Bodybuilding: […]

Diamond Sharp airmen honored

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USAF photo: Greg Allen 1st Sgt. David Becraft, 16th Special Operations Squadron, far right, and 1st Sgt. Sheronne King, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, flank Cannon Air Force Base, Diamond Sharp Airmen Sept. 3 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility. Second from left, Airmen 1st Class Daryle Borque, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, […]

Veteran recalls Vietnam service

John Seifert Clarence Plank John Seifert was drafted into the Army in March 1969, then shipped to Vietnam for two years. Sgt. Seifert was an infantry man and lead a group of six to 10 men near the end of his tour. “I guess when I got drafted it was a situation I just knew […]

June 18 Honors

Diamond Sharp Award winners for May were announced. Receiving recognition were: Airman First Class Jorden Archer, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron; Airman First Class Alexander Skidgel, 16th Special Operations Squadron; Staff Sgt. Rasheem Cephas, 27th Comptrollers Squadron and Staff Sgt. Desiree Anderson, 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The awards are sponsored by first […]

Diamond Sharp winners recognized

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Koning, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, left, and Col. Ruedi Kaspar, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, right, stand with Diamond Sharp winners Jan. 8. Second from left, Senior Master Sgt. James Moffitt (accepting the award for Airman Jeremy Farris), 27th Special Operations Support Squadron; Senior Airman A Kathleen Sao, […]

Cannon recognizes Family of the Year

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Master Sgt. Rosa Jenkins, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, second from left, and husband Tech. Sgt. Charles Jenkins, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, third from left, display the Family of the Year award presented to them by Col. Ruedi Kaspar, far left, 27th Special […]

Commission requests state name bridge for fallen soldier

Courtesy photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after a […]

Commission requests overpass be named for fallen soldier

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File photo The Curry County Commission is asking the state to name the 467 overpass in honor of Leroy “J.R.” Segura, a Clovis soldier killed in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will petition the state name the State Road 467 overpass near Cannon Air Force Base after […]

Cannon mom sought new challenge in pageant

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Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan The Brown family, from left, 2-year-old Andrew, Abbey, Adam and 4-year-old Alexis sit in their Clovis home. Abbey competed in the Mrs. New Mexico America pageant in June, and her platform included sharing her positive perspective on marriage. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Modeling her Air Force career and ideas on […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]