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, [...]