Cannon called ideal for Joint Striker Fighter jet

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC Commissioner […]

Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]

Cannon dedicates memorial

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the Bataan Death March stood at the Cannon Air Force Base POW/MIA Park on Friday. The men, their faces weathered, some sporting caps and cowboy hats, dug into the Earth, breaking ground for a new granite […]

N.M. skies host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mch Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]

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 […]

Air show set for Saturday

By David Irvin Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then it will get noisy. Four F-16s from the 524th fighter wing will scream low over the airfield, simulating an airfield assault. “The airfield attack is just […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Darrell Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America went to war. Day after day in late 2002 and early 2003, television screens and newspaper front pages were filled with scenes of spouses, parents, and sometimes children waving goodbye to departing service members. More often than not, those […]

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 […]

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 […]