Plans for Cannon celebration in works

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007, along with […]

Ahead of the curve

Senior Airman Wilfredo Nieves inspects the safety wires of the main gun system on a M61A1 20mm gun. Airman Thomas Trower Armament shop streamlines weapon inspection Though maintenance shops throughout the Air Force perform preventative maintenance on their equipment, one Cannon shop has spearheaded the effort to minimize the downtime of operational jets in each […]

Weather watchers

Janet Taylor-Birkey A misconception about the job of forecasters at Cannon is that they simply look at the weather outside and tell everyone the obvious, said James Kratzer, Cannon meteorologist. But the Cannon Weather Station does not deal in the obvious; Their job is to examine and interpret weather data, for the safest execution of […]

Local airports land funds for improvements

By Tony Parra U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 to reconstruct […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

U.S. heroine maintains her faith despite losing legs

Tom Philpott: Military Update “You are a hero,’’ says a man, standing on a curb outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as Army National Guard Major Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth walks slowly by, on artificial legs, a cane in each hand. “I’m just trying to survive, man,’’ she laughs. “You’re a hero, a survivor, you’re … […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]

Commission shakes up Pentagon proposal

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In two setbacks for the Pentagon, the base-closing commission crafted its own shake-up of the Air National Guard on Friday after voting to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The nine-member panel endorsed the concept of restructuring the Air Guard but did not accept Defense […]

Guide to the Fighting Falcon

Detachment 9 instructor, Staff Sgt. Walter Lansford points out switches that Airman 1st Class Stacey Blackburn (right), 27th Equipment Maintenence Squadron, will use for the flight control operational checkout. Melanie Salazar Classes are always in session in building 785, where the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 9 instructors equip many Cannon Airmen with the knowledge they […]

Training help

Amn. 1st Class Nate Shank transmits target data to his Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), updating target descriptions and locations. Melanie Salazar Behind the crumbling buildings of a small town in New Mexico, hid members of a terrorist training camp. Overhead, an American pilot soared above ground, speaking on his radio to Staff. Sgt. Israel […]

AGE has it covered

ACTIVITY CAMP FUN FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT EXERCISE RELAXATION SUMMER OUTDOORS

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Davis performs a servicing inspection on a C-10 Air Conditioner. All equipment handled by the AGE technicians is required to be inspected at certain intervals. Photo by Melanie Salazar. Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS “Quality connection, AGE anytime anywhere,” reads a sign in the aerospace ground equipment [AGE] maintenance shop. […]

N.M. skies host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mch Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

Plane retirements shouldn’t affect Cannon

By Mike Linn Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office said Thursday. Representatives from the offices of two other U.S. congressmen agreed talks […]

World War II veteran reminisces on his two-year tour of duty

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Mike Linn Robert C. Dunn’s memories about his more than two-year service in World War II are vague, limited and intense. The corporal in the 38th Air Engineering Squadron of the 13th Army Air Force recalls the five Islands where he worked fixing planes. The day he watched two enemy aircraft sink after American planes […]

Cannon awaits new squadron planes

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base is getting an entire squadron of new planes, the last three of which are scheduled to arrive Friday from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The new F-16CJ planes, also known as F-16 Block 50 planes, will replace the F-16s that have been flown by the 522nd […]