Officials say base numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]

GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico Staff Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. “AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of […]

GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. “AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of funding […]

Construction will make room for more personnel

Cannon Air Force Base The Military Personnel Flight (MPF) office areas in Bldg. 600 will undergo construction during the next couple months to accommodate more personnel who will assist in centralizing all personnel issues for the base. Hours of operation for the MPF remain the same as the construction will consist of two phases. The […]

Separation process going virtual

Air Force News RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE — Enlisted airmen will no longer have to visit the Military Personnel Flight to apply for early separation after Oct. 29 due to the Personnel Services Delivery Transformation effort. On that date, enlisted airmen can apply for early separation through a program on the virtual Military Personnel Flight. […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

Lilliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley and Lit. Gen.Norman Seip stand at attention Monday as the national anthem is sung at the beginning of the change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force […]

Residents prepare for transition

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The impact Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission will have on the local community is still unknown. Everett Frost, vice chairman for the Local Growth Management Organization, said his group plans to use Defense Department funds to hire a consulting firm to study plans for Cannon and make projections […]

Complacency has no place in military

Commentary by Capt Josh Kubacz: 27th Fighter Wing Safety CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Complacency is a term often heard in a briefing room before flying or in an annual Operational Risk Management (ORM) refresher classroom. Although normally associated with flying, complacency applies to everyone. Whether you are a comptroller, electrician, crew chief or pilot, […]

Firefighters respond to fire at local business

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday night at S.O.S. Outlet Store, located at 113 North Avenue I. According to the report, the fire started in a small room located inside the building. Upon investigation, firefighters found a melted five gallon bucket that was partially filled […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

Statement studies proposals’ effects

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer variations of restructuring scenarios for […]

Cannon begins DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The Department of Defense has resumed its mandatory anthrax vaccination policy. On Oct. 12, 2006, the Secretary of Defense approved resumption of a policy requiring mandatory anthrax vaccination for individuals deploying or PCSing to designated high threat areas. On Feb. 16, Air Force officials directed the implementation of this […]

Bombing range fire knocked out quickly

Freedom Newspapers A small fire at Melrose Bombing Range was stamped out Monday in less than an hour, according to officials. The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was extinguished at 1:10 p.m., according to Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals, chief of media relations at Cannon Air Force Base. Personnel from Cannon, Floyd and Melrose […]

Scholarship deadlines rapidly approaching

Deadlines are approaching for college scholarship applications. Visit www.afas.org/Education/body_grant.cfm.,www.militaryscholar.org. or www.moaa.org. for more information. Janet Taylor-Birkey With scholarship deadlines for the 2007-2008 school year looming, spouses and children are often eligible for college scholarships based on government dependency status. Applicants should read qualifications carefully and be sure to contact the sponsor if they have questions. […]

Vial can help save lives

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Saving a life and providing a sense of security are the foundation for the development of the Vial of Life program available through Wal-Mart stores. Geared toward the elderly, residents record personal information, emergency contact numbers, medical history, a medication list and other pertinent information and place it in […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

New personnel management system gives civilians credit for work

Maj. Randolph Toris For most of you, Sunday will be just another date on the calendar, but for about 100 civilian employees at Cannon, that date has some extra significance and quite possibly, some angst. On this date, they will effectively fall under the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a system originally designed for the […]

Deficient G.I. Bill shorts reservist

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Proponents for strengthening Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits for the National Guard and Reserve say the critical issue is fairness. Reserve rates, frozen for years, need to be raised. Reserve benefits need to be made as portable as MGIB for active forces, their wartime deployment partners. Not so, said a […]

AFSOC meetings scheduled next week

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Public invited to learn more about October 2007 move The public is invited to attend three area meetings scheduled next week to learn more about environmental impact issues when the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) assumes command of Cannon Air Force Base in October 2007. All meetings will be […]