Missions reflect truth in defense cuts

W here’s the peace dividend? American troops now are mostly out of Iraq. And their numbers are declining in Afghanistan, with about a third of the 98,000 troops scheduled to come home by summer. Yet, defense spending is not declining despite tough budget times and a federal deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2011-12. […]

Reader-submitted content: Students compete at Destination Imagination

What do missions involving mythological creatures, storytelling techniques, poetry, science, technology, and smashing structures have in common? It’s Destination Imagination. Portales Schools’ gifted/talented students explored these worlds with great interest and intensity. The Gifted and Talented program at Portales schools involves students from third through twelfth grades. While Destination Imagination is only a small part […]

Survive, serve honorably: Things to think about

By Col. Stephen Clark: 27th SOW Commander The summer months are fast approaching, meaning more outdoor activities and spending vacation time with family and friends. I encourage you to take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge your batteries. We have been and will continue to be very busy as we concurrently support our operational […]

Thanks to past as we welcome a new mission

Editorial For a few moments near dusk on Sunday night, Mother Nature signed off on the old and new missions of Cannon Air Force Base. Just above the eastern horizon, the soft orange glow of a jagged, nearly full rising moon shimmered above a semi-circle of C-130s that surrounded two F-16 jets and the tilt-rotor […]

Assistant AF secretary explores mission options

Senior Airman Ross Steen, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, briefs Assistant Secretary of the Air Force William Anderson on the Common Configuration Implementation Program during his visit here. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals As directed by the final 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, the Air Force is exploring new mission options for Cannon. Assistant Secretary […]

Cannon advocates prepare for future endeavors of base

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group Committee of […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]