Predator supports special ops forces

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Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is a system composed of four aircraft, a ground control station, a satellite link and personnel. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it […]

Sky-high goodbye

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The final flight for the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is marked Friday by a “rainbow salute” from the base’s fire department. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron […]

In final days, squadron honors fallen

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Capt. Chris Gruner of the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base bows his head in prayer Friday afternoon at the rededication of a stained glass window that serves as a memorial to nine pilots who lost their lives while flying Cannon jets. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer […]

Aug. 6, 1984

The front page of the Clovis News-Journal reported that movie star Richard Burton had died at the age of 58 from a brain hemorrhage. … An expanded mission had prompted a Cannon Air Force Base squadron to change its name from 2040th Communication Squadron to 2040th Information Systems Squadron. … David Dodson of Clovis, head […]

Cannon airmen training in Guam

CNJ staff Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Squadron departs on final deployment

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle F-16s from the 522nd Fighter Squadron sit on the fight line Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Farewell flight

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Col. Scott West hands Lt. Col. Brad Kearney a bottle of champagne Thursday after Kearney completes one of the last two flights by the 523rd Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

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 […]

Memorial fund created

Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for the non-profit […]

Admit you cannot do everything

By Anita Doberman: local columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can be aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the wives […]

Working for the world

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is one in a series of reports from Hurlburt Field, Fla., which is home to Air Force Special Operations Command. The 16th Wing of AFSOC has been assigned to Cannon Air Force Base beginning next year. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Jerome Klingaman was a young combat […]

Special Operations work under cover of dark

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech. Sgt. Erik Thompson shows pictures in the stairwell of the 15th Special Operations Squadron building Wednesday at Hurlburt Field. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is one in a series of reports from Hurlburt Field, Fla., which is home to Air Force Special Operations Command. The 16th […]

Possible Cannon units ID’d

CNJ staff CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in its July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article […]

Preston Dunn

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. Preston Dunn Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1920 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Artesia Lives in: Portales Theater and location of service: […]

Reporter’s notebook: Squadron receives presidential citation after 60 years

Ret. Col. William Creech waited 60 years for his squadron to receive a presidential citation. The former Cannon Air Force Base commander said he grew tired of school children not knowing what he and others in the Army Air Corp’s 528th fighter squadron did in World War II. Creech said his squadron, dubbed the Dragonflies, […]

Singapore fighter squadron deactivated

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Warrant Officer Mogan Govindasamy of the Singaporean Air Force speaks with members of the media Wednesday morning following the 428th Squadron’s deactivation ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 428th Fighter Squadron, comprised of air force members from the Republic of Singapore […]

Cannon losing Singapore squadron

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 assigned to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base takes off during a training combat training exercise in Alaska. (USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies […]

Clovis mayor crosses into the blue

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Mayor David Lansford, right, smiles toward friends and family who were on hand to watch his F-16 orientation flight, as he waits for Yates to make final preparations before taxiing for takeoff Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As Clovis Mayor David […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

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Captain Les Hauck, with the 522nd Fighter Squadron, climbs into his F-16 around 3 a.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. Hauck was one of 10 pilots that took off for a special training exercise with Arab Air Forces. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Six pilots and about 155 support personnel […]