Team arrives at CAFB

Freeedom Newspapers An eight-member mission team from the Air Force arrived Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base to begin evaluating possible missions for the base. Randy Harris of the base support group Committee of Fifty said the Air Force team spent the day collecting data, which will help determine Cannon’s future. Community leaders have said […]

Mission team scheduled to visit Cannon

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

The faces may be new, but the job remains the same

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The new contracted guards practice using the baton during training. The guards will be doing entry-control duties begininning Dec. 2. Airman Thomas Trower Don’t be surprised to see a few new faces next week as you enter the gate to the base. The 27th Security Forces Squadron has contracted out 21 jobs to guard the […]

After 127 years, ideals of freedom continue

This week will mark the 127th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Freedom Communications, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles. Freedom is the parent company of 70 daily and weekly newspapers across the nation, including the Portales News-Tribune and eight television stations. It is the nation’s 13th largest newspaper and broadcast company. The Irvine, California-based company […]

Mission team to visit Cannon

Staff and Wire Reports An eight-member Air Force team will visit Cannon Air Force Base next week to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base, officials said on Tuesday. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission rejected the Pentagon’s proposal in August to close the base, opting instead to keep it open temporarily. Cannon’s three […]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated PRess Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense […]

Academy’s prayer rules create long, drawn-out battle

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

Mentoring process essential to future, legacy of Air Force

Col. Robert West The true legacy of a leader is not a recollection of their accomplishments, but the performance of their people after they are gone. Have you ever wondered how your role model got to be where they are? Have you considered how you can help your subordinates or other young and talented individuals […]

Base closure list approved, Cannon looks for mission

Staff Report The Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department’s infrastructure and force structure officially took effect Wednesday as expected, Air Force Press Service reported. The nine-member BRAC panel delivered its final report to President Bush on Sept. 8, and he, in turn, sent it to Congress for legislative review Sept. […]

Cannon Airman to audition for Tops in Blue

Airman Thomas Trower One of Cannon’s finest has been selected to audition at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for Tops in Blue. Airman 1st Class Chonte Walker, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, was selected from hundreds of applicants to audition for the Air Force performing arts program. This is an elite entertainment showcase program that tours […]

Mandatory briefing for Cannon lieutenants

Tech. Sgt. Steven Crow In an effort to right-size and shape the force for the future, Air Force officials have approved an annual board that will evaluate officers for continued service at their three-year point as part of the service’s force management program. The first Force Shaping board is scheduled to convene April 3, 2006 […]

Pentagon Channel makes debut on Cannon’s CAC

2nd Lt. George Tobias Many that tune into channel 12, the Commander’s Access Channel, will notice a change in its programming. Earlier this week, the public affairs office began airing a satellite feed from the Pentagon Channel on the Commander’s Access Channel. The Pentagon Channel reaches 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, through […]

House rejects effort to stop military base closings

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. The head of local Cannon Air Force Base advocate group said […]

Cannon honored for excellence

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base was honored as the top base among Air Combat Command installations for the second straight year, according to an Air Force press release. Cannon was named as the command-level winner of the 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award on Friday in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. […]

First impressions are lasting impressions

Master Sgt. Gary McCarty First impressions make a lasting impact on us and more importantly, they only happen once. It is part of our human nature. We are programmed to immediately make assessments on an individual’s appearance, speech and personality, and how we treat and are treated by those we meet the first time. We […]

Career Job Reservation essential for retention

MSgt Gary Thurman The Career Job Reservation (CJR) program is one of the tools used to maintain force shaping. It is used to prevent surpluses and shortages of personnel in specific career fields in the Air Force. Headquarters for Air Force Personnel Command (AFPC) manages Air Force specialties by controlling first-term reenlistments in each specialty […]

Commander's Corner

Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing Commander The professionalism, hard work and dedication displayed by the men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing is something I am privileged to see every day. It is clear to me that everyone at Cannon, not only understands the meaning of ‘Service Before Self’ and ‘Excellence In All […]

A Chief's Welcome

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray dropped by Cannon Air Force Base Sept. 27 and 28 to tour the base and share his senior enlisted wisdom with present and future Air Force leadership. After his day and a half visit to the base, […]

Honor Guard service more than just a ‘special duty’ detail

Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27th Communications Squadron Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking […]

Cannon Air Force Base hosts 2005 Air Power Expo

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Sept. 10. The air show was kicked off with a POW/MIA ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander, shared some words with the crowd. Following the general’s speech and the conclusion […]