Cannon hosts tribute to Dos Stewart

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read at […]

Doc Stewart deserving thanks from region

One of eastern New Mexico’s more prominent citizens will receive a public thank-you today. Few are more deserving than Doc Stewart. The longtime area car dealer and Committee of Fifty member will be recognized at a reception — open to all — from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Landing at Cannon Air Force […]

Old Cannon buildings are becoming more modernized

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Nov. 12, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance […]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group […]

Airmen face harsh reality during training exercise

Darrell Maurina The mission: Take a bare piece of ground and make it into an air base capable of receiving the Air Force’s most advanced aircraft. Personnel with Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Mission Support Group participated in the realistic simulation Oct. 13-22 in an isolated area of rural New Jersey. “When we got there, […]

Cannon spouses have support

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical fitness standards, Cannon airmen are running and doing push-ups and sit-ups — exercises many haven’t done for years. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Air Force has used a stationary cycle fitness test for the […]

Community honors the fallen

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Mike Linn People in every generation have a day they will never forget. This was the message Eastern New Mexico University President Dr. Steve Gamble presented to ENMU students and faculty on 9/11’s two-year anniversary during a 20-minute ceremony at noon near the campus fountain. For Gamble it was Nov. 22, 1963, the day John […]

Officials hop BRAC won’t target Cannon

Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special nine-member […]

Clovis businesses to show gratitude to Air Force Base

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses will say “thanks” to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday. Beginning at noon, about 50 representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 50, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will serve food and host entertainment events for both adults and children in Unity Park next to the Cannon […]

Cannon supports job shadowing program

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

City thanks Cannon troops

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Darrell Todd Maurina Capt. Timothy Jeffries has been at Cannon Air Force Base only three weeks, but he already likes the community of Portales — especially a welcome picnic put on Saturday for the airmen by the Portales community. “I’ve not been to one of these before,” Jeffries said. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s nice […]

Chamber hopes to start new tradition

Kevin Wilson On Saturday, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is looking to thank the people of Cannon Air Force Base with food, entertainment and prizes. The chamber hopes it can add something else: tradition. “We hope to be able to do it in the future,” said Pat Willis, the general manager at the chamber. […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]

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 […]

Deployed Cannon airmen returning home

Freedom Newspapers About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

Cannon pilots touch down after deployment

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By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Capt. Christina “Thumper” Hopper beamed when she was handed a bouquet of red roses by her husband. “This is great,” said Hopper, one of 12 F-16 pilots deployed during the Iraqi war with the 524th Fighter Squadron who touched down their jets early Monday afternoon on Cannon’s […]