VFW program recognizes deploying troops

Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 “Hail and Farewell” event Friday listen to a speaker. Once a month since January, the local VFW post has been recognizing Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Support Squadron personnel who are deploying or have returned from deployment. Argen Duncan The […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May 30, a few Clovis and Portales military and veteran residents decided to share what the holiday means to them and how they honor fallen comrades. Senior Airman Craig McKay of Cannon Air Force Base said while he was in Afghanistan, he witnessed a ceremony in which the body […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

522 SOS Fireballs return

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, 522nd Special Operations Squadron commander, prepares to accept the guidon from acting commander of the 27 Special Operations Group, Col. Charles Myers. The 522nd Special Operations Squadron, the Fireballs, were welcomed back to the U.S. Air Force at Cannon in a reactivation ceremony April […]

Press release: New Mexico National Guard to Host Annual Bataan Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard will host the annual Bataan Ceremony April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building located at 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, N.M. This ceremony is held every April 9th and was established to honor the survivors of the Bataan Death March and to […]

Weddings — March 20

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Roach- Rodriquez Kayla Roach and JoDerick Rodriquez of Portales were married Feb. 26 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. David McVey performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Karen Roach and Tehsa Payne of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sharon and Steve Miller and Sandy Phillips of […]

Airmen recognized during annual awards ceremony

Cannon Connections staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base recognized airmen during the annual awards ceremony March 11 at the Landing Zone. The following airmen were recognized: • Airman of the year: Airmen 1st Class Garrett Oaks • Non-commissioned officer of the year: Tech Sgt. Joseph Barns • Senior non-commissioned officer […]

Grace in winning important lesson

We humans feel we need ceremonies and symbols, some more elaborate than others. When we marry, we have a ceremony during which words are spoken, and among Christians they invariably involve the three main Christian directives: Faith, hope and charity (love), the greatest being love. Symbols of the love are exchanged — before witnesses. I […]

Weddings —

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Prestage Shelley Prestage and Michael Prestage of Clovis were married Dec. 11, 2010, at Highland Baptist Church. The Rev. Garlan performed the wedding ceremony. The maid of honor was their daughter, Rachel Prestage. The bestman was their son, Michael A. Prestage. The flowergirl was their granddaughter, Annika Hernandez. The couple will reside in Clovis.

Portales kicks off holiday with tree lighting ceremony

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Argen Duncan Santa would have brought Rudolph, but it’s deer season in New Mexico, the jolly old elf explained during the lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree Monday night at the Yam Theatre. Along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the annual event included a performance by Portales High School choir students, 36 […]

Portales ceremony commemorates 9/11

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Jared Tucker Local leaders and business owners voiced their opinions about current governmental issues while honoring lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at an annual ceremony Friday in the James Polk Stone Community Bank parking lot in Portales. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, one of two guest speakers at the ceremony, […]

9/11 memorial set for Friday

The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank President David Stone […]

Day trip: Museum to be dedicated

Courtesy photo This crew won a bombing competition in 1955 at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell. The base closed June 30, 1967. Event: Remembering Walker Air Force Base opening and dedication of the Walker Aviation Museum. When: 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Location: Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center, located on the Roswell Industrial […]

Flags-in ceremony honors fallen

Courtesy photo: Capt. Daniel J. Watson A soldier places a flag on the grave of Capt. Kermit Evans during a Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26. Capt. Evans was killed Dec.3, 2006, in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was deployed from Cannon Air Force Base where he was the Explosive Ordnance […]

University to honor Capt. Kermit Evans

Courtesy photo Air Force Capt. Kermit O. Evans Sr., a 31-year-old Hollandale, Miss. native and 2000 chemical engineering graduate died in 2006 when the helicopter in which he was traveling made an emergency water landing in Al Anbar Province. From Mississippi State University-University Relations At a 2 p.m. ceremony June 1, the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery […]

CCC graduation nearly 200 students

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College students will be making the next step with graduation this week. The college is set for its 24th convocation, with a 6 p.m. Friday ceremony at the Clovis Civic Center. Lisa Spencer, director of marketing for the college, said there are tentatively 198 students set to […]

Honors — May 9

Tasha Daale Tasha Daale of Clovis was among 287 Dordt College students awarded diplomas at the 2010 commencement ceremony held May 7, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Daale is the daughter of Eric and Tamara Daale of Clovis.

Ceremony honors local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales sits while attendees sing “America the Beautiful” during the 63rd annual American Legion Tribute to Veterans Wednesday at the Memorial Building. He and the widows of other local survivors were given gifts of appreciation at the event. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior […]

Change of command for 27th SOMDG

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presents Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, with the 27 SOMDG guidon during a change of command ceremony on July 22. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Col. Scott Corcoran assumed command of […]