Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

Cannon’s new mission approved

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

Udall encouraged by Cannon briefing

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been visiting eastern New Mexico for the last two days and stopped by Freedom Newspapers to answer questions about the area and Washington, D.C. Q: How are things going for Cannon Air Force Base and its planned Special Operations mission? A: The briefing I got […]

Officials: Cannon transition going smoothly

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the 16th Special Operations Wing to Cannon — which is expected toward the end of summer — […]

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the […]

Local committee gains advisor

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth […]

Lawmakers optimistic about Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegates are optimistic about the $9.2 million in military construction funding for Cannon Air Force Base included in the Bush administration’s budget proposal. The budget plan for the Department of Defense recommends two separate military construction projects for Cannon: • $7.5 million for an MC-130 Flight Simulator facility […]

Group prepares for future

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An infant organization formed to ease the transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base met for the first time Thursday. The Local Growth Management Organization — consisting of hand-picked community members — discussed the road ahead with their governing body, the Local Growth Management Committee. “We’ve […]

Cannon airmen to receive new assignments in February

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base airmen with positions specific to F-16s will be given new assignments by a relocation team in February, according to a Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson. A team from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas will assign approximately 300 airmen permanent changes of station Feb. 5-9, according […]

Year in Review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • Deep battlefield re-supply, interdiction, and close air support Four major groups support the wing: Operations, […]

Year in Review: Area awaits arrival of new mission

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In early 2006, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained unwritten. Banners supporting the installation lingered in yards and storefronts. Residents of eastern New Mexico had just one thing to do — wait. “In the beginning of the year, we were anticipating we would be selected for a new […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

Air Force asks for correspondence

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before any […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Comparative look at regional colleges and universities

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Fall semester begins: Aug. 28 Last day to register: Sept. 1 Cost per credit hour: $89 per credit hour for New Mexico undergraduate students, $103.25 per credit hour for New Mexico graduate students Status: Public university Mission statement: “The university mission is based on the concept […]

A Special Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Thousands of residents, young and old, assembled at Saturday’s event at the Clovis Civic Center to celebrate the new Special Operations mission for Cannon Air Force Base. As numerous American flags waved in the light breeze, residents sought shade under awnings to enjoy free refreshments and live music. The patriotic […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

Real estate squeeze?

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, […]

Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]