Their view: Agency working to streamline operations

Patrick H. Lyons, chairman of New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, addresses proposed and implemented changes to the PRC:

Postal service relocation will lengthen delivery time

Benna Sayyed Mail delivery in the area could take a day longer when the U.S. Postal Service moves its Clovis mail processing center to Lubbock, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service announced its plan Thursday to move the processing center. Dates for the transition have not been set, […]

Former Clovis High principal takes new post

CMI staff Former Clovis High Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of deputy superintendent of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools. Balch has served as the director of operations since July 2011. He has also been a principal at Bovina High School and Yucca Middle School. Balch, a native of Clovis, will begin on July […]

Cannon commander approved for promotion

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Freedom New Mexico Col. Albert Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, is among 39 colonels President Obama has approved for promotion to the rank of brigadier general, the Air Force Times reported on its website Monday. Promotions take effect upon Senate confirmation. Elton accepted command of Cannon […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon welcomes new aircraft

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon receiving first MC-130J

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Comman. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Cannon hosts open house

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Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower. Civilians mingled with airmen, learned about and toured various aircraft and watched youngsters enjoy their few minutes as pilot of a static aircraft. A Cannon spokesman said […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Cannon planning open house

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations […]

Commander selected for 16 SOS

PNT staff report The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on the Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in […]

Governor orders state offices closed

Freedom New Mexico Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Thursday morning briefing: Local military operations and a question of debates

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Military operations A heads-up from Cannon AFB, where they are conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise through Oct. 29. It means increased activity including sirens or simulated explosions.Anyone living on or visiting the base should note that traffic delays, closures or limited services. For questions, […]

Controlled burns scheduled

The U.S. Air Force 27th Special Operations Wing has scheduled a prescribed burn at Melrose Bombing Range to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help decrease the risk of wildfires, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. The burn is set for Thursday if weather conditions permit. If weather conditions aren’t favorable […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across […]

Press release: USAF proposes low altitude tactical training area

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The United States Air Force is seeking input regarding its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of establishing a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation area in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The LATN would provide airspace to operate C-130 and CV-22 aircraft for […]

Operations begin for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked off operations for the CV-22 Osprey at Cannon and broke ground for a new $8 million Child Development Center. Money for the new center came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The center […]