Press release: Changes to Chavez West, Base entry

By Public Affairs Office: 27th SOW Public Affairs Effective 15 Feb 12, visitor entry requirements for Chavez West housing will be identical to visitor entry requirements for Cannon main base. The policy for both locations is that visitors will either be escorted or sponsored by: an Active Duty, Guard or Reserve member on official orders […]

Military digest: Board: Military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

New state laws benefit military personnel, veterans

Cannon Connections staff State legislation signed into law aims to help children of military personnel maintain stability in their lives when their parents are deployed. Having taken effect July 1, House Bill 14a amends the state’s rules for enrollment in public schools. The amendment allows children of military personnel, including national guard members, to stay […]

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Less incentives for troops this year

The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation. Blame the ballooning debt crisis, which has left Republicans and Democrats alike looking for ways to curb federal spending, including for defense. And credit a long list of pay and […]

Cannon personnel made honorary citizens

By 27th SOW Public Affairs A mayoral proclamation designating Cannon Air Force Base as Lubbock, Texas’ “hometown military installation” was presented to Col. Wesley Norris, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, at the monthly meeting of the Lubbock Lions Club on April 5. The proclamation further declared all U.S. Air Force personnel stationed at Cannon […]

Officials continue to consolidate personnel processes, actions

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force personnel officials here will be assuming some personnel actions from Air Education and Training Command bases over the next four months to help reduce workloads on base military personnel sections. Master Sgt. Joseph Smith, […]

Delayed reporting Wednesday for Cannon personnel

By 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There is a two-hour delay for non-essential personnel to report to work due to weather conditions.

Delayed reporting Tuesday for Cannon personnel

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Due to deteriorating weather conditions, there is a two-hour delayed reporting time for all non-mission essential personnel who work at Cannon. The Child Development Center, Pecos Trail Dining Facility and base fitness center will open at their regularly scheduled hours. All mission-essential personnel will report to work at normal times. […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Bronchos bust Hounds

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico correspondent Fortunately personnel at Eastern New Mexico University will have the long holiday break for maintenance at Greyhound Arena — they’ll need it to replace the lights after the University of Central Oklahoma shot them out in a 103-85 win over the Greyhounds. The 13th-ranked Bronchos (11-1) shot 59 […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, […]

Masons honor emergency responders

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Argen Duncan Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge thanked local emergency services personnel and recognized long-standing Masons at a dinner Monday night at the lodge. The Masons invited Portales and Roosevelt County firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The evening also included presentations about different branches and charitable projects of the Free Masons. […]

Housing forum attendees say more rentals needed

Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials came to one conclusion: The area needs more rentals. The forum was held by the planning group Thursday to host communication between military personnel and housing market officials about a lack of affordable housing […]

Housing forum attendees say more rentals needed

Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials came to one conclusion: The area needs more rentals. The forum was held by the planning group Thursday to host communication between military personnel and housing market officials about a lack of affordable housing […]

Panel OKs 1.9 percent pay hike

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

Bingaman: Cannon getting 365 personnel, 10 aircraft in 2011

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

Portales Past: May 29, 1945

May 29, 1945: Military and civilian personnel at Clovis Army Air Field were cutting back on cigarettes. A more-stringent War Department system was going into effect that would cut the cigarette supply in half.

Fire departments battle Sunday grassfire

PNT Staff Ten eastern New Mexico fire departments helped fight a grass fire in Curry County on Sunday. Portales, Floyd, Elida, Dora and Arch firefighters and Roosevelt County Road Department personnel worked on a blaze that was caused by a lightning strike and burned about 6,400 acres of sandy range land along North Curry Road […]

EPCOG holds special meeting about personnel

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]