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 […]

Cannon wing commander leaving for Virginia

By Darrell Todd Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter […]

Cannon discusses expansion

By Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base […]

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 […]

Crew chiefs to receive new award at Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen serving in the 27th Fighter Wing have a new award they can win — the “Proud Falcon Dedicated Crew Chief of the Quarter.” On Friday, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, presented the first award to Staff Sgt. Steven Johnston before a cheering audience of airmen from […]

Cannon officers serve airmen

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Above: 27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Robert Yates carves turkey for the Thanksgiving meal Thursday at The Pecos Trail on Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The top leadership of Cannon Air Force Base and their families turned out Thursday to carve turkey […]

Base thankful for safe return of personnel

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Staff Sgt. Monnie Evans of the 27th Security Forces and his wife Kristi Evans sing “Come, Ye Thankful People Come” together during Tuesday’s Thanksgiving service at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ photo: Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As airmen gathered Tuesday evening for a Thanksgiving service at the […]

Cannon AFB honors ‘Doc’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read […]

Cannon spouses rely on each other

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation off with a deployment or a […]

Sass, Marguerite

Marguerite Sass Services: Have been held. Mrs. Marguerite Elizabeth Yates Sass, 84, of Clovis, retired photographer/artist, died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Shamrock, Texas, to J.E. and Margaret Yates. She was known as “Butch” to family and friends. She spent her early childhood in Shamrock, Wellington […]

Heroes remembered — Commander: ‘Let us not forget’

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Members of the Cannon Air Force Base HOnoer Guard stand at attention during a memorial ceremony Thursday at the base. CNJ staff photo Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Standing before an audience of uniformed airmen, officers, and members of veterans organizations, Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Robert Yates said Thursday morning that Americans around […]