Deployment policy revised

By Master Sgt. Kat Bailey: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Effective Wednesday, Air Force officials here will implement policy changes to improve sourcing efficiency of 365-day deployments and ensure airmen receive adequate notification before deployment. The new policy sets the deployment “accept or decline” option at three calendar […]

Children get taste of deployment

By Sgt. Kristina Newton

Elida graduate receives Army commendations

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer An Elida High School graduate was recently awarded two commendations from the U.S. Army for his actions while serving in Iraq. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner of Albuquerque was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge, according to an Army press release. Turner […]

Chaplains provide comfort during deployment

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Aleric Hebert, 27th Special Operations Wing Chapel, takes a moment to reflect in the Base Chapel. Hebert serves as a chaplain’s assistant, a much-needed role when chaplains are deployed. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe “Reality strikes you hard. Death is random,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia […]

Fighter squadron prepares for inactivation

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —History was made for the former 27th Fighter Wing as the 522nd Fighter Squadron, or Fireballs, and their Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned from their deployment to Andersen Air Force Baese, Guam. The four-month deployment was the last for the Fireballs as they […]

Troops’ return can instigate difficult times

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost 300 Cannon airmen returned from a deployment. More than 400 are still in various deployed locations, base officials said. Deployments can amplify or […]

Counselor: Deployments leave marks when personnel return

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost 300 Cannon airmen returned from a deployment. More than 400 are still in various deployed locations, base officials said. Deployments can amplify or […]

Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

Deployment teaches independence

I treated myself to a trip to Lubbock this weekend. I consider it a treat only because it’s something I rarely attempt when my husband is deployed. Packing up a 20-month-old and all her “stuff” and driving for an hour and a half is much easier when my husband is along on the trip. Actually, […]

Dora educator readies for deployment

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday in the Dora Schools Auditorium to wish high school teacher Joe Fletcher well as he prepares to be deployed overseas. Fletcher, a major in the Army National Guard, has been called to serve a 400-day tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He […]

Troops train on Andersen Air Force Base

By Master Sgt. Art Webb: 36th Operations Group ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Eighteen F-16s from Cannon Air Force Base’s 522nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently arrived in Guam in support of the deployment for the Theater Security Package to the Western Pacific. The nearly 400-person deployment is part of the continuing force posture to […]

Cannon airmen depart for pacific theater location

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A large group of airmen recently departed from Cannon Air Force Base en route to a Pacific location. According to Cannon Public Affairs spokesperson Lt. George Tobias, the deployment marks the final major deployment for a fighter squadron from the 27th Fighter Wing. The majority of the deploying group are […]

Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large […]

Whining not an option

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dr. Laura Schlessinger, host of a radio advice call-in show, recently came under fire for a comment she made about military wives. Schlessinger said “I’m tired of all the complaints from military wives who say they’re lonely and overwhelmed.” She went on to add, “You’re not dodging bullets, so I […]

Airmen hone combat skills

Tech. Sgt. Tina Bryant, 27th Operations Support Squadron, attacks an enemy bunker during the second day of Expeditionary Combat Skills training. Airman Elliott Sprehe 27th Security Forces Squadron oversees training for deployment Building defensive fighting positions, learning hand-to-hand combat skills and completing the mission in a hostile-fire zone are but a few training exercises Airmen […]

Are you ready to go on a short-notice deployment?

Major. James Rich What did you bring to the Air Force today? Are you fully trained to do your job, are your CDCs accomplished? Do you have all your necessary shots? Do you have your family prepared if you get a short notice deployment? These are questions you need to ask yourself everyday when you […]

Welcome home AEF 3/4

Staff St. Sean Mulcahy, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, embraces his daughter, Sabrina after returning home from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment has been gone since September. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Nearly 300 Cannon Airmen returned home Thursday to hugs, handshakes and thank-yous after completing a four-month deployment to Balad […]

Cannon families await arrival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It could be today, tomorrow or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said Tuesday. […]

Deployments: Making the best of the situation

Janet Birkey Marc Abel is part of a different group of military spouses – a male who will make permanent change of station moves, but doesn’t deploy. As an Airman’s husband, he is the one left behind to handle the everyday stuff and figure out how to make a satisfying life that can be both […]

Getting ready with a couple hundred of your best friends

Lt. Col. Raymond Lopez It’s that time in the AEF cycle; the taskings are flowing fast and furious. By now the majority of folks for Air Expeditionary Force 3/4 have been tasked. If you are in the bucket and haven’t been tasked, don’t let your readiness level lapse as you may still be called and […]