Honors — Feb. 20

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Banda [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Air Force Airman Michael J.Banda graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic […]

Airmen adoption list available

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center has collected a list of airmen for the upcoming year of the Adopt-an-Air-Commando program. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership of the base and surrounding communities, by providing support to military families and single airmen assigned to the […]

Base commander returning to Florida

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt […]

Dairy farmer critical of new rules

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Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Press release: City of Portales supports low altitude training area

During the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, the Portales City Council adopted a resolution of support for the establishment of a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) area in New Mexico and Colorado. The United States Air Force is proposing a LATN area of 94,000 square miles in northern New Mexico and southern […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his experience in an area that he can help. Clark was among a group of 41 Air Force officers whose nominations were announced Tuesday. Among the group are former Cannon command staff Col. Jeffrey […]

Their view: Quay County residents support Air Force training

Quay County residents support Air Force training

Honors — Nov. 21

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Hook [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher T. Hook graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is […]

Honors —

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Prieto Air Force Reserve Airman Lydia G. Prieto graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Reports due on low-altitude Air Force flights

The Associated Press DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado and New Mexico residents worried about an Air Force proposal to start low-altitude training flights are putting finishing touches on their arguments against the plan. The Air Force has extended until Monday a deadline to submit concerns about its proposal to start the training out of Cannon Air […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Portales past: Nov. 15, 1961

Nov. 15, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: The West Gate of Cannon Air Force Base will be closed starting Monday, according to an order revealed by officials at the base.

Honors — Oct. 17

Boal Air Force Cadet Caitlin A. Boal completed six weeks of basic cadet training and has been officially accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Stevan and Rhonda Boal of Albuquerque and granddaughter of Leo and Bootha Robinson of Portales. Boal graduated in 2009 […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 10

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Carey Bill and Susan Carey of Clovis celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Oct. 6, 2010, in Branson, Mo. The couple was married Oct. 6, 1965, in Mesquite, Texas. They have six children, Scott Carey, Robin Bateman, Tim Carey, Jennifer Fields, Mark Carey and Holly Breeden; and 14 grandchildren. He is a retired Clovis police chief […]

Air Force to hold public scoping meetings

The Air Force is planning four meetings in northern New Mexico regarding a proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation forces at Cannon Air Force Base. A LATN area allows airmen to practice low level military flight activities (between 200 and 500 feet above the ground). The airspace identified extends […]

Air Force extends comment period

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force is extending the public comment period on the proposal to establish a low altitude tactical navigation area for Special Operation Forces, according to a news release. The Air Force first requested comments on the program be received by Oct. 4 and due to tremendous public response, the comment period […]

Press release: USAF Extends Initial Public Scoping Period on Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area Proposal

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force is extending the public comment period on the proposal to establish a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area for Special Operation Forces here.