military briefs

The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is up for a major award due to its role in supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Cannon’s public affairs office. Cannon’s engineers have already won the top honor in the Air Combat Command for their role in turning a desolate airbase in hostile Iraqi […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Reporter’s Notebook — Coming Home

Holy Jets, Batman! CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander at Cannon, may have discovered a sure-fire way to protect air crews and aircraft. Just before the 524th Fighter Squadron was to be deployed to what was then Operation Southern Watch in the Persian Gulf, he called a few […]

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. […]

Cannon families, friends await arrival of deployed troops

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 200 Cannon “lethal warfighters” deployed at various locations for several months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom will return home to Cannon on Monday and Tuesday. Family members, colleagues and friends will be waving flags and cheering as the Cannon service members come back home, […]

Cannon’s Services Squadron named best in Air Combat Command

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Services Squadron recently was selected as the “best of the best” in Air Combat Command competition, despite being shorthanded throughout the competition year. “Even with a large number of our squadron deployed in support of operations worldwide, we were still able to maintain the level […]

Service with a smile: Cannon wins top award

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon’s 27th Services Squadron recently was selected as the “best of the best” in Air Combat Command competition, despite being shorthanded throughout the competition year. “Even with a large number of our squadron deployed in support of operations worldwide, we were still able to maintain the level […]