All parties agree: Cannon ‘high priority’

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Has the Air Force identified a “promising candidate mission” for Cannon Air Force Base or not? Apparently not, Air Force officials said this week. Last month’s reference to the “promising candidate mission” for Cannon was part of a draft letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley. However, […]

Cannon AFB receiving contradicting reports

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, despite contrary indications, a newly appointed Air Force assistant secretary said Wednesday. “When there is an emotional issue, as this is, people often times read into statements,” William Anderson said Wednesday before he toured Cannon. Local Cannon supporters […]

Hope for Cannon’s mission to top headlines in 2006

Freedom Newspapers One year from now, the top regional story of 2006 could well be a repeat of 2005: BRAC. We hope it will be No. 1 again, but for a different reason. Instead of ’05’s uncertainty over the future of Cannon Air Force Base, we want the 2006 reason to be a certain future […]

Air Force official to tour Cannon early next month

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A high-ranking Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to Air Force officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Tending the flock

Chaplain (Col.) David Cyr, chaplain for Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., visited Cannon AFB Dec. 14 through 16. Janet Taylor-Birkey “To come alongside our warriors and their families and provide religious support, comfort, and to meet the needs that they have relative to what it means to be in the military … […]

Chief keeps troops aware of changes

Greg Allen When Chief Master Sgt. Geoffrey Preudhomme arrived to the United States from the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1979, he came with a burning desire to make a difference and to succeed in life. The Air Force provided him the avenue to accomplish both goals. Chief Preudhomme has risen from an airman basic […]

Perhaps our best technology is really Airmen on the phones

Janet Taylor-Birkey “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” is something I’ve repeated often since coming to work for the Mach Meter. And much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I have been trying to figure out exactly where this whirlwind has landed me and which yellow brick road to take. The first thing that […]

Calling it a career

Amn. Thomas Trower More than 28 years ago, an Airman came home on leave to visit his home in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. Little did he know that his influence would help his friend enter the military and begin a career that would end at the top of the 27th Fighter […]

Upgrade keeps pace with AF mission statement

Capt. Scott Crabtree, 522nd Fighter Squadron, taxis his jet into position after landing here Dec. 9. The jet was returning from an avionics upgrade at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airman Thomas Trower With the Air Force taking on a new mission in cyberspace, its equipment is keeping up with it. Air Force F-16 block […]

Thunderbirds seeking new team members

Mach Meter staff report The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, scheduled to perform at Cannon Air Force Base May 27, is looking for professionals to join an elite team known for precision flying and community involvement. Volunteers are needed in eight career fields: avionics, crew chief, egress, fuels, electro/environmental, structures, public affairs, graphic […]

Air Force Chief idenitifes possible Cannon mission

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has identified a potential new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, but its nature isn’t yet public, according to a press release from the offices of New Mexico’s U.S. senators. “My staff is actively exploring options and has already identified one promising […]

Q&A: Domenici talks about Cannon, Iraq, and water

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., was in the region on Thursday and Friday and was present for a briefing at Clovis Community College with Air Force officials. The Air Force visited the area for four days to begin the process of finding a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici has been […]

Committee sets new timeline for Cannon

AIR FORCE VISIT

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Initial evaluations of the region by an Air Force team ended Friday with a debriefing at Cannon Air Force Base and a pledged timeline for a new base mission. Air Force officials assigned to assess Cannon and its surrounding communities said their task should be complete by January. They said […]

Q&A: Senator Bingaman discusses BRAC, Iraq, and more

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Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Clovis and Portales on Thursday and was on hand for a briefing at Clovis Community College with Air Force officials. The Air Force team visited the region for four days to begin the process of finding a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Bingaman, who […]

Cannon, local firefighters contain 35,000-acre fire

Cannon and local area firefighters worked together to contain the 35,000 blaze that erupted Wednesday. Capt. André Kok At approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base fire protection personnel responded to a brush fire on Melrose Bombing Range which is located approximately 22 miles west of the base. At the time of this incident […]

Membership benefits available to new and existing members

Ms. Yolanda Romero The 2005 club membership drive wound down on Wednesday at The Landing staff. The excitement started with the Member Get a Member $250 prize being awarded to 2nd Lt. Jeremiah Kirschman, 27th Contracting Squadron, followed by the two $500 savings bonds given to Mr. David Boiko, 27th Mission Support Squadron, and Mr. […]

Officials: Blaze began at bombing range

Staff Reports Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Officials optimistic after visit with Cannon evaluation group

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspaper Matters of military value were dwarfed by matters of a more personal nature Thursday at a meeting between Clovis and Portales officials and the Air Force team sent to gather data about Cannon Air Force Base and surrounding communities. The focus was on people. “Personally, I think we will be able […]

Air Force team on Cannon infrastructure assessments

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Fingers that have been crossed tightly for months are slowly loosening, due to this week’s Air Force team visit to eastern New Mexico. As infrastructure assessments of Cannon Air Force Base will bleed into civilian areas today, Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Brian Bentley said he is feeling relief. Members of […]

Daytime inferno relentless

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. […]