Arizona air base on lockdown

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force base near Tucson was locked down Friday afternoon amid reports of someone with a weapon, but base officials said no shots were fired. Traffic into and out of the base was being limited because of an unspecified security situation, but no one was shot or hurt, according to […]

Air Force cuts some training flights in new plan

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force says it determined that its controversial proposal for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment, but still made adjustments to proposed fly-zones. A map released with an updated proposal last week cut out planned […]

Cannon to host Open House

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base invite the local community to attend the 27th Special Operations Wing’s second annual Open House on Sept. 24. This free event will feature Cannon’s specialized airpower capabilities on the Cannon flightline from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

Col. West assumes command of 27th SOG

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, hands the guidon to Col. William West 27th Special Operations Group commander, on Sept. 9 at Cannon Air force Base. West formally served as the chief of strategy division for the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center. By Airman […]

Airmen active in community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell From left, Jeff Waldrop, Donnell Clark and Gabriel Alaniz all take a lunch break Sept. 3 after working half a day on building a home in Clovis for Habitat for Humanity. The three airmen all volunteer for various local organizations and events. Waldrop said he volunteered back home before joining the […]

Air Force leaders issue 9/11 message

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the airmen of the U.S. Air Force: Sept. 11, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that […]

Local ceremonies to commemorate 9/11

Courtesy photo: Christie Carter The Cannon Air Force Base colorguard will be present at the J.P. Stone Community Bank Memorial ceremony this year as it is each year. Bank President David Stone said the ceremony has taken place every year since 2002. Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks […]

Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base […]

Official: Air Force backs off plains training

By Peter Roper: The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain PUEBLO, Colo. — The Air Force is revising its plan for low-altitude training flights over Colorado to avoid the Eastern Plains, including the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, according to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office. Tipton, a Republican, was given that assurance in recent meetings with […]

Their view: Slow down, turn off technology

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force who writes a weekly column for Cannon Connections, our base newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Cannon fulfills dream for local youth

USAF photo Capt. Micah Jones watches as Armin Kronback Jr. tries on flight gear during a guided tour of an AC-130 Spectre gunship Aug. 5 at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Clovis resident 11-year-old Armin Kronback Jr. (AJ), and his father were treated to a tour of the 16th […]

Honors —

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Slocum Air Force Airman Marcus A. Slocum recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Teresa Slocum of Clovis. Slocum graduated […]

Cannon Appreciation Day set for Friday

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Clovis community will recognize Cannon Air Force Base’s airmen and families 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Unity Park for the 22nd annual Cannon Appreciation Day. The event, which is sponsored by the Committee of Fifty, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

Cannon youth honored as AFSOC Youth of the Year

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Sydney Nagel, daughter of Master Sgt. Steven Nagel, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was recently recognized as the 2010 Air Force Small Command Youth of the Year (YoY). She was one of 11 U.S. Air Force youths honored during a YoY forum Aug. 1 […]

Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to […]

Air commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard

• Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard • Hometown: Taunton, Mass. • Air Force career field: Radio Frequency Transmission Systems • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron • Accomplishments: Airman 1st Class Joshua Leonard arrived at Cannon in Sept. 2010. He achieved a 93 percent average at the Radio Frequency Transmission Systems technical school course […]

Cannon Air Force Base gate closed briefly Saturday

CNJ staff The Cannon Air Force Base gate was closed to incoming traffic for about 35 minutes Saturday when an Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog locked onto something in a car attempting to gain access to the base. Lt. Stephanie Strine with Cannon Public Affairs said cars are chosen at random for security checks. A car […]

Commentary: Air Force places strong emphasis on values

By Chief Master Sgt. Jon E. Mountjoy: 27th Special Operations Group chief enlisted manager Our Air Force core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do, are not just what we do, they’re who we are. We emulate these values because they are the standard for behavior, not only in the […]

Cannon funding bill passes Senate

Cannon Connections staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being […]

My turn: Money to be made in running

I decided to go for a run, not for any particular reason, but just to keep in running shape. Just after taking off, I was just getting into a pace, when I saw something on the ground. I did a quick turn around and went back. There it was, just what I thought it was. […]