Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing

A 31-year-old lieutenant has been missing from Cannon Air Force Base for one week, according to base officials. Lt. Scott W. Lee was last seen at 11 a.m. March 12 at his apartment in Clovis. He was scheduled to report for duty at Cannon on March 13 but never reported. A Cannon press release said […]

Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Their view: Childhood passes by in blink of an eye

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Cannon eliminating 53 civilian positions

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected […]

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year’s holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the […]

Graduation —

Johnson Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Steven M. Johnson, formerly stationed at Cannon Air Force Base from 1998-2002, will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock, Texas, campus on Jan. 13. Steve is a 1975 graduate of Alamo High School in Alamo, Tenn. He served his country honorably for 25 […]

Their view: Taking on 2012 one step at a time

Jeni Ennis, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column for Freedom New Mexico’s military publication Cannon Connections. Here’s recent effort.

Curry County commissioner selected for civic leadership program

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Commission Chairman Caleb Chandler has been selected to serve in the Air Force Chief of Staff’s civic leader program. Chandler was invited to join the program in a Nov. 22 letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “I was honored to receive the letter,” Chandler said. “I […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved for promotion to the rank of brigadier general, the Air Force Times reported on its website Monday. Promotions take effect upon Senate confirmation. Elton accepted command of Cannon […]

Air Force band performing free concert at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Air Force Academy Band out of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be performing in a free public concert 7 p.m. tonight in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Tickets are not required to attend the free concert. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., ticket holders […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th Special […]

Developer selected for Cannon housing privatization

Freedom New Mexico A group of six Air Force bases, which includes Cannon Air Force Base, has selected a developer for a $470 million housing privatization project. Cannon will receive 1,038 homes in the Joe Cannon Estates and Chavez housing area — 677 new homes and 361 renovations on houses at Chavez West — through […]

Press release: Air Force selects partner for Cannon housing privatization

(From 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs) CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Belfour Beatty Communities (BBC) has been selected as the highest ranking offeror for the Air Force’s Northern Group Housing Privatization Project.

Birthdays —

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Miller Bowlers at Cannon Air Force Base Bowing Alley celebrated Beverly Miller’s 77th birthday on Oct. 6 with a cake, which was really good.

Cannon losing civilian jobs

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base is slated to lose 49 positions and Holloman Air Force Base will lose 57 jobs after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 civilian positions nationwide. Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, said 18 of the 49 eliminated positions at Cannon are vacant. […]

Monday morning briefing: Air Force business and books for cheap

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Business notes Brush up on doing business with the Air Force. A Doing Business with Air Force Special Operations presentation is 9 a.m. Thursday at the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Registration in free. Information: chamber@portales.com or 356-8541. Book bargains The Friends of the […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon welcomes new aircraft

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

My turn: Events connect community, Cannon Air Force Base

I had a good time watching my nephew jump around on the various bounce houses on the Cannon Air Force Base flight line Saturday during the base’s open house event. No matter what age someone is, I think they always get a kick out of exploring the insides of airplanes. The event was also a […]