Insanity is not the same as innocence

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Never has a news story affected me the way the Andrea Yates tragedy did when it first broke. I was in the car when I heard the news on the radio, and I literally had to pull over — the horror was just too overwhelming. As I recall it, these […]

Base advocate Doc Stewart laid to rest

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The Cannon Air Force Honor Guard waits to perform a 21-gun salute during Doc Stewart’s memorial service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer He is the commander of more than 1,000 aircraft and the leader of more than 100,000 men. But Thursday at the memorial service of Ernest “Doc” Stewart, he […]

Former Cannon commander promoted

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Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. (File photo) CNJ staff Former Cannon Air Force Base commander Robert “Rowdy” Yates was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Wednesday at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. According […]

Yates turns over command to Posner

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Lt. Gen. Randall M. “Mark” Schmidt, left, commander of the 12th Air Force, gives command of the 27th Fighter Wing to Col. John D. Posner, center, during Friday’s change of command ceremony. Col. Robert Yates is at right. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leaving offers bittersweet moment for the man in charge. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE […]

Col. Robert Yates reflects on his two-year stint as Cannon commander

By Darrell Todd Maurina Meeting with local media for a press conference on his last full day commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates said the last two years have been the best of his life. That ends at 3 p.m. today with a change of command ceremony at Cannon, after which Yates […]

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 […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to […]

Cannon commander to receive promotion

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace […]

Cannon defends sonic booms

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An F-16 from Cannon’s 522 Fighter Squadron fires a dummy missile during a training exercise. Courtesy photo. By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials […]

An exercise in deployment

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A1C Sean Ellenburg, of the 27th Comm Squadron, secures a pallet full of equipment before it’s weighed in the cargo yard at Cannon Air force base Thursday during a training exercise (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert Yates wants his Cannon Air Force Base personnel […]