Language of love

Staff Sgt. David Aten pushes his son Connor on the swings at Unity Park. Aten adopted the child from China in January. By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Adoption can be a trying process and if your child is being adopted from China, paperwork is probably not […]

Some days are a struggle

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Ever had a bad hair, nothing seems to fit, spill your coffee on the way to work day? How about an up most of the night because the baby was teething, slept through the alarm clock, cell phone was dead because you forgot to charge the battery day? Well, last Friday […]

Airman working to find voice

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon airmen may sometimes wonder who they can talk to or voice their opinions about things they would like on base or would like to see done differently. For those situations airmen should seek the help of the Cannon Junior Enlisted […]

Airmen excel on CDCs

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Twenty-three airmen received a 90 percent or higher score on their Career Development Courses in the second quarter of 2007. 27th Fighter Wing Airman Elliott Sprehe — 94 27th Operations Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Robert Royals — 91 27th Aircraft […]

Local news briefs

Maj. John Johnson took command of the 27th Maintenance Operation Squadron in a change of command ceremony today at Hangar 133. He replaces Maj. David Nicholson whose next assignment will be at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Johnson is a prior enlisted Marine who accepted an inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He graduated from Officer Training […]

Imagination provides amusement

Tonya Fennell Monday evening I received a telephone call from a Cannon Air Force Master Sergeant who I have never met. This was the second call in a month I have gotten. He calls to check on my family and ask if I need anything while my husband is away. I think this is wonderful […]

Powell

Air Force Senior Airman Richard B. Powell has been named First Term Airman of the Year by the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, Division 16 (Europe), according to a press release from Army & Air Force Hometown News. He is the son of Bobby R. and Deborah L. Powell of Clovis. The airman is a 1998 […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for an […]

From stripes to brassBy Capt. Rebecca Garcia

After attending ROTC in college, Cadet Martinez-Paez learned that he would not be able to become an officer until his U.S. citizenship was finalized. This would take five years unless he enlisted to speed the process. Capt. Rebecca Garcia Jonathan Martinez-Paez had what many would consider a successful career and a promising future. He had […]

Contingency skills training provides valuable experiences for Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals As an Airman, I did not relish the experience of Army-based training for my upcoming deployment. But the Army changed my perspective of the Air Force after two weeks of tactical movement training, urban combat training, combat first aid, convoy training and even a bit of hand-to-hand combat. The Air Force’s […]

AFAF donations help Airmen, families

Capt. Christine Seinkowski Cannon Airmen are slightly ahead of target as they head for the second-half homestretch of this year’s Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign. Team Cannon has donated $23,969 so far, 53.2 percent of its goal of $43,031. The AFAF drive raises funds for charitable affiliates that provide support to Air Force Airmen […]

Military Feature: Airman repairs wings of war

Senior Airman Chris Redman, a metals technician with the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron , cuts a piece of diamond-plated steel with a plasma cutter. Air Force photo: SrA Kerry Solan-Johnson By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon airman said good-bye to his new wife in September and departed for Iraq to repair wings of […]

Airman gets a little help from his friends

Janet Taylor-Birkey CFC helps when unexpected happens Senior Airman Jason McGlawn took a few days in July from his job with the 27 Equipment Maintenance Squadron to go to Arkansas to purchase a new vehicle. He also planned to visit family and spend time with his girlfriend, Clarisa Little, who was within six weeks of […]

Motion hearing concludes in Novak case

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs An Article 39A motion hearing concluded Sept. 8 in the Cannon courtroom in the case of the United States vs. Airman Basic Edward M. Novak. The defense counsel for the accused previously filed three separate motions: request for a new Article 32 investigation, a request to sever the charges against […]

AADD goal is simple – prevent heartaches

Janet Taylor-Birkey “The one who got away” was not a fish, not a woman, not the job of his dreams. It was an Airman. A drunk Airman at that. If Tech. Sgt. John Pelkey didn’t take his job as a volunteer driver for Airmen Against Drunk Driving so seriously, it might not have turned into […]

Team Cannon enjoys safe 101 Critical Days of Summer

27th Fighter Wing Safety Office Congratulations Team Cannon! Labor Day marks the end of this year’s 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign. The past three months Team Cannon has internalized our summer theme, “Work Hard, Play Smart,” and truly increased Cannon’s combat readiness capability while preserving combat assets – materiel and Airmen. We do have […]

Cannon airman to stand trial

CNJ Staff An airman charged with murdering his wife will stand trial, according to a press release from Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Edward Novak II is charged with premeditated murder and child abuse by the military. The decision came after a June evidentiary hearing was held at Cannon to determine if evidence against Novak […]

‘Be proud of what you bring to the fight’

Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern commander, addresses personnel at the First Term Airman Center during his visit to Cannon Aug. 15 and 16. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals 12th AF commander tours Cannon, addresses troops Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern commander, paid his first […]

Attention to detail earn Airmen ‘Safety Salutes’

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Pilots are trained and prepared for it, but none of them want to ever use that training. Ejecting from a high-speed F-16 can not only be frightening, but deadly, too. Thankfully for Cannon pilots, they have the trained expertise of the 27th Maintenance Group to ensure they are flying in […]

We should do what is right, even if no one is looking

Master Sgt. Terry Mateka Being an Airman in today’s military requires more than being just a technical expert in a profession: it involves living to and by a higher standard. It’s a standard that’s in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Whether an Airman Basic, a captain, […]