Former Cannon airman killed in Afghanistan

Staff and wire reports Tech. Sgt. Matthew Schwartz, 34, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was among three servicemen killed Jan. 5 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province’s Shir Ghazi, the Defense Department said Saturday in a news release. Schwartz was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist assigned to the 90th Civil […]

Airmen receive STEP promotions

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Staff Sgt. Justin Hunter, 3rd Special Operations Squadron standardization and evaluations, is promoted to tech. sgt. by Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Dec. 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presented two airmen […]

Program helps locate dementia patients

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Alisa Boswell There was silence as Portales Police Department Animal Control Sgt. Wally Chambers focused on static coming from a radio in his hand. Chambers was participating in an exercise to find people suffering from dementia who are lost. Project Lifesaver is a program that trains first-responders to locate people with the disease who wander […]

Teens arrested for unauthorized graffiti

Three Portales teenagers were arrested Friday and Saturday on multiple counts of unauthorized graffiti, according to Portales police. Portales Sgt. Pat Gallegos took a report of unauthorized graffiti Oct. 11. Officers found 29 locations with graffiti. The charges ranged from three-degree to fourth-degree felonies, police said.

Their view: Cannon example of women in leading roles

Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris with the 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office talks about the significance of Women’s Equality Day: The theme is never-changing, yet remains something to celebrate: Women’s rights. Women’s Equality Day is a Department of Defense governed observance, Aug. 26, celebrating one of the most “commonplace” rights for all American citizens […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Running tribute

Courtesy photo: Henry Serrano About 60 Air Commandos participated in the run July 15 in honor of Maj. Gen. John Allison, who is considered the father of Air Force Special Operations. Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base non-commissioned officers ran a 5k in their uniforms July 15 in honor of […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Shout outs— July 17

Veteran sends well wishes to relatives Born in Tucumcari in 1963, retired Senior Master Sgt. Dave Aragon spent most of his early years as a Clovis resident, attending Lincoln Jackson Elementary School, Marshall Junior High School, then Clovis High School, graduating with the Class of 1982. Dave enlisted and entered the active duty Air Force […]

Building strength, character

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott, a patrolman for the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, performs bicep curls at the Cannon Air Force Base fitness center. Wescott has been competing in bodybuilding since 2009. Staff Sgt. Christopher Wescott represented Clovis in the 2011 Musclemania New Mexico State Championships in May in Albuqueque. […]

Portales past: March 17, 1944

March 17, 1944: The Portales Daily News: 1st Sgt. Harold L. Woodward, son of Mrs. C.W. Woodward of Portales, has won the right to wear the world famous wings and boots of the U.S. Army volunteer paratroopers, World War II’s most feared warriors.

Commentary: Chief offers assignment advice for enlisted airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a functional manager for enlisted communications assignments. When I first arrived, I questioned our assignment policies all the time. However, as I became aware of the reasons […]

Command chief talks about new position

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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Airman takes on professional body-building

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Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Eric Schmidt, center, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, stands among other winners after winning first place in his division and first place overall during the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Arizona Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Pro Qualifier Competition on Aug. 28. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Bodybuilding: […]

Portales past: Sept. 25, 1945

Portales Daily News: Staff Sgt. Lloyd D. Wharton, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Wharton; Charles Parks, son of Mrs. Burma Parks; and Sgt. Winfred Grider, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Grider of Floyd, were on furlough from military duty in the European theater of the war.

Diamond Sharp airmen honored

USAF photo: Greg Allen 1st Sgt. David Becraft, 16th Special Operations Squadron, far right, and 1st Sgt. Sheronne King, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, flank Cannon Air Force Base, Diamond Sharp Airmen Sept. 3 at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility. Second from left, Airmen 1st Class Daryle Borque, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, […]

Portales past: Aug. 20, 1945

Aug. 20, 1945: Staff Sgt. A. B. Munsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Munsey, was on furlough in Portales. He had served 28 months as a platoon sergeant in the European theater.

Veteran recalls Vietnam service

John Seifert Clarence Plank John Seifert was drafted into the Army in March 1969, then shipped to Vietnam for two years. Sgt. Seifert was an infantry man and lead a group of six to 10 men near the end of his tour. “I guess when I got drafted it was a situation I just knew […]

June 18 Honors

Diamond Sharp Award winners for May were announced. Receiving recognition were: Airman First Class Jorden Archer, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron; Airman First Class Alexander Skidgel, 16th Special Operations Squadron; Staff Sgt. Rasheem Cephas, 27th Comptrollers Squadron and Staff Sgt. Desiree Anderson, 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The awards are sponsored by first […]

Diamond Sharp winners recognized

Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Koning, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, left, and Col. Ruedi Kaspar, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, right, stand with Diamond Sharp winners Jan. 8. Second from left, Senior Master Sgt. James Moffitt (accepting the award for Airman Jeremy Farris), 27th Special Operations Support Squadron; Senior Airman A Kathleen Sao, […]