No information available on Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base officials are still not releasing information surrounding the death of an Air Force dependent nearly two weeks ago. Capt. Andre Kok of Cannon Public Affairs said no information can be made available to the public until after the investigation into Kimberly Susan Novak’s death is complete. Novak, 20, died […]

CAFB captures award for air combat command

PNT Staff Cannon Air Force Base has won the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon news release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release said. The award comes with $100,000 to […]

Domenici promotes CAFB

By Mike Linn Congressman Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons the base should fare well in the upcoming Base Closure and Realignment process. The proximity of Melrose Bombing Range, good weather for flying, and quality airspace […]

Cannon man dies playing on soccer field

By Mike Linn He was good at mimicry. He always opened the door for his coworkers. And he had a voracious appetite. But what coworkers with Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs remember most about Airman 1st Class Brian Kane was his ability to put a smile on their faces — day in and day […]

Jump in suicides has Air Force officials on edge

By Pam Zubeck : Freedom Newspapers A recent spike in Air Force suicides — 10 in September — has leaders scrambling to find the cause after launching prevention programs this year because of a gradual rise. “This rash has scared the hell out of us,” Air Force Secretary James Roche said last week, conceding that […]

Cannon had gift of giving

By Laurie Stone Irene Cannon was a quiet woman with the gift of giving. Family members described Cannon as being the type of person you could count on when you were in need. She was said to have been a rock that was steady and consistent. “When things went awry, she was someone you could […]

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 […]

CAFB honors Langston

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By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself a hero. That’s what he told a crowd Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. The Airman Leadership School at Cannon disagreed, though, and added him to its Wall of Heroes. Langston was the school’s guest of honor Monday morning, as he enjoyed […]

Cannon prepares for large deployment

Freedom Newspapers About 350 Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday will deploy to Nevada for three weeks of training exercises, the largest deployment so far this year. Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, said pilots and support personnel from the 522nd and 524th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the “Red Flag” […]

Guardsmen come to aid of infant

Freedom Newspapers Two Army National Guardsmen may have saved a baby’s life after she stopped breathing on Tuesday night. Spc. Gabino Barreras and Sgt. Billy Gonzales, with the 27th Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, were honored Wednesday by security forces leadership for their heroics in resuscitating the 8-month-old girl. Barreras said the […]

Teague looking for more involvement

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about candidates for the upcoming Roosevelt County Commission District 2 primary election. A man who has done everything from operate some of the area’s largest car dealerships to play a key role in city government, is seeking a seat on […]

Cannon plane makes emergency fuel drop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release happened due to […]

Bill will prevent base closings for at least two years

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of other military bases across the country may not face closures until 2007 under legislation that was approved on Thursday. The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness passed a bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that would delay the Base Realignment and Closure Commission […]

Taking a run at rugby

By Dave Wagner Dan Dannar didn’t grow up playing rugby, but the sport has grown on him. Now he’s hoping the often rough-and-tumble game of European origin will become a popular pastime at Cannon Air Force Base. After three years of combining forces with players from Eastern New Mexico University, Cannon formed its own team […]

Col. Posner takes over as Cannon’s commander

Col. John D. Posner took over as commander at Cannon Air Force Base on Friday, and hopes to maintain the success outgoing base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates helped establish. Last week CNJ Staff Writer Darrell Todd Maurina spoke with Posner for about 20 minutes on his future goals for Cannon and his family. Until […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]

CAFB holding change of command ceremony

Darrell Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to a different […]

Cannon’s Col. Yates stepping down at ceremony today

Darrell 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 will leave […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell 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 get them […]

Officials find booby traps after standoff

Darrell Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they say took […]