VFW recognizing deploying troops

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Argen Duncan The Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars post is honoring deploying and returning airmen with a monthly ceremony. VFW Post 9515 is the only one in the state to hold “Hail and Farewell” celebrations, although it’s a nationally supported program, said Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie Welch. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary come together […]

Two U.S. airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

The Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany — A man armed with a handgun attacked a bus carrying U.S. Air Force troops at Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said. Boris Rhein, the top security official in the German state of Hesse where the shooting took place, […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Honors —

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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Military feature: Base offers cooking demonstrations

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Liliana Castillo The smell of black bean sauce and five-spice powder filled the room as the Cantonese cooking demonstration began to heat up at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Cannon Air Force Base. The demonstration was one of the two that occur monthly at the center and are intended to help give airmen […]

Cannon bans airmen from three Clovis smoke shops

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Sharna Johnson Cannon airmen caught patronizing three local smoke shops that sell herbal products that can be used to get high could face discharge from the military. Cannon Air Force Base publicly released an order Tuesday forbidding airmen from entering The Smoke Shack, The Smoke Shack Too and Up In Smoke or using or purchasing […]

Cannon airmen come to rescue

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When Wednesday’s rains flooded Gabriel’s Garden and swamped heavy equipment into two feet of mud, Lori Yanez thought the whole project was literally sunk. Until a group of camoflauge-clad Samaritans showed up and rolled up their sleeves. When she explained to a volunteer how the rains had wrecked the […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen participate in Bataan march

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico They left as acquaintances and returned as friends. Five Cannon Air Force Base airmen from the 27th Special Operations Medical Group joined together to create a team to walk the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, Airman Katherine Truty, […]

Family collects, sends DVDs to airmen overseas

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby owns Landall’s Box Office in Portales and his mother Peggy runs it for him. He lives in Los Angeles and works as an actor. The family began sending VHS […]