Airman prepare for gunship’s arrival

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman Frank Lauria, of the 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight, hands a 105 mm cannon round to an aerial gunner inside a 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunship while training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment […]

It’s their job: Mallory Holguin

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Name: Mallory Holguin Job: Office manager at White Oaks Counseling Center Background: Holguin was raised and graduated from high school in Portales, later attending Eastern New Mexico University for two years. Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? I take care of billing different insurance companies for counseling services, file paperwork, answer […]

It’s their job: Tim Stanford

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Name: Tim Stanford Job: Technician for New Mexico Machinery Background: Stanford attended and graduated from high school in Mountainair before moving to Clovis. Stanford has a master certification from the Automotive Society of Excellence. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? I work on and build transmission engines for tractors, troubleshooting and […]

Training center turns airmen into air commandos

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. Richards Corbett, left, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., answers questions posed to him by Master Sgt. Sue Parker, Detachment 1, Air Force Operations Training Center, shortly before a flight over Melrose Air Force Range. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operation Public Affairs Housed in a nondescript, beige […]

Nov. 26, 2008 Local Briefs

United Way holds grant training United Way has scheduled training dates for non-profits wishing to apply for a grant in 2009. The Portales session is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce downstairs training room at 100 S. Ave. A. The Clovis session is from 10 a.m. to 11 […]

Pilot training program provided opportunity for area men

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer In the late 1930s and early 1940s, area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the National Museum of the United […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Grant helps city, county prepare for disaster

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Roosevelt County personnel said they benefited from a federal grant for vulnerability assessments in Roosevelt County. The equipment and training purchased through grant monies will be used to form vulnerability assessments teams in Roosevelt County, said Keith Wattenbarger, Portales and Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director. […]

It’s Their Job: Jim Whary

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Jim Whary Job: Park Manager at Oasis State Park Background: After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Whary moved with his wife from the East Coast and started training on the job at Oasis. Time on the job: 14 years What does your job entail? I’m responsible for […]

It’s Their Job: John Montgomery

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: John Montgomery Job: Director of Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site and Museum and Eastern New Mexico University professor Background: Montgomery completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder and went on to take part in field work in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Time on job: 23 years […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Cadets, airmen take part in Operation Air Force

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet Kaithlyn Radius, helps repair a roof at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales on July 19 as part of Operation Air Force. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Nineteen Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps […]

Local Briefs July 31, 2008

Municipal court closed for trainingThe Portales Municipal Court will be closed today through Aug. 8 to allow staff to attend training, according to a press release from the court. Persons with a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized. Court will reopen on Aug. 11 and those who miss a date should […]

Board approves funding for ENMU weight training facility

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus. ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams. “It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Training helps airmen become physician assistants

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th SOW Public Affairs Is it possible to receive medical training to become a physician assistant and become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force at the same time? For one airman at Cannon Air Force Base, not only is it possible, it’s now a reality. Airman 1st Class […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

AFSOC training unit stationed at Cannon

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force Special Operations Command unit responsible for training aircrews in special operations airframes established a detachment at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M, May 10.

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Close call helps get priorities straight

Anita Doberman My husband and I have had to make some important decisions in the last few weeks. After many months of deployments, it seems that he has to go for one year of training for the new aircraft he will be flying. The training is split in two different locations, and once he is […]