Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to his men and to his fiancee.

Gabriel Monte

Dawn McAchren moved to Clovis three years ago, when her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. She said during her first months she tried looking for jobs but couldn’t find something she wanted to do.

A former airman, McAchren is taking online courses in psychology from Columbia Southern University but plans to switch to criminology courses to eventually become a probation officer.

But right now, the mother of two is just interested in finding a job for any kind of grown-up conversation.

“I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed,” said McAchren, who dressed in a business suit and shopped her resume around at the Career Expo on July 28 at Cannon Air Force Base’s Landing.

McAchren and about 20 military spouses, dependents and airmen attended the event, organized by the Airman and Family Readiness center.

The event provides attendees with information about programs that promote employment as well as job opportunities from local employers and job openings on base, according to Charles Harris, Airman and Family Readiness center chief.

Harris said 14 organizations set up informational booths at the Landing, including the local branch of the New Mexico Workforce Solutions, which informed the audience at a briefing before the fair started about a job placement program.

He said the inspiration for the event came after a public input (town hall) meeting revealed concerns from military dependents about the lack of employment opportunities.

“People are moving in from all over, they have skills and careers, and Clovis may or may not (have jobs available),” he said. “We’re trying to expose what opportunities there are.”

Harris said another fair may be in the works if results from this inaugural event prove worthwhile for local businesses to participate in.

Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron used the event to gather information about employment opportunities to pass on to the men he supervises as the non-commissioned officer in charge. With a wedding planned in the near future, Johnson said he also plans on passing along the information to his soon-to-be wife.