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  • Key Spouses vital to surviving deployment

    She doesn't have children to fill her time while her husband is deployed, but don't be fooled: Betsy Matthies is one busy woman. While her husband, Airman 1st Class Dan Matthies, Cannon Fire Department, is deployed to Southeast Asia for four months, she fills her time with a variety of activities. "I work full-time. I go to school full-time online.
  • Hall of Heroes inducts new servicemember into its ranks

    When Wayne Henry Higgs was born in Altamont, Illinois on Jan. 27, 1925, he probably didn't expect to be part of a battle that would be held as a sign of freedom for his nation. His part in securing America's freedom did not go unnoticed by the Cannon Airman Leadership School's Class 2007- B. They inducted Mr. Higgs into the ALS Hall of Heroes on
  • Quilts help mend memories together

    Keri Williams arrived to pick up quilts that represented honor and memory. She knew the quilts were made for surviving family members of those killed in action, but she never expected to receive one of her own. "You can look on TV and see what's happening in the world, but it's never real until it hits home," said Keri. She eyed the quilts with
  • Cannon ‘Idea Man’ earns recognition, cash

    Master Sgt. Kenneth Oswald, 27th Fighter Wing Safety, will represent Air Combat Command for the 2006 Air Force Exceptional Innovator Award. Sergeant Oswald recommended changing the technical order procedure pertaining to the engine compressor blade lock removal on the F-16 engine. The new procedures prevent future damage to the compressor case when
  • Cannon Airman killed in Iraq

    Capt. Kermit Evans, 31, of Hollandale, Miss., was killed Sunday when the Marine CH-46 helicopter he was traveling in was forced to make an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Al Anbar Province, Iraq, according to a U. S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs release. Captain Evans was one of 16 military personnel
  • Investigation on downed Cannon F-16 begins

    Department of Defense officials announced Wednesday the identity of the pilot of a Cannon F-16 Fighting Falcon that crashed Monday during combat operations over Iraq. Maj. Troy Gilbert's duty status was listed as "whereabouts unknown." He is assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary
  • Operation Thank You: Community shows appreciation to Cannon Airmen

    Clovis radio personalities Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon of 107.5 FM traveled to Balad Air Base, Iraq, over the Thanksgiving holiday bringing holiday messages and gifts from home to the deployed members of the 27th Fighter Wing in what they called "Operation Thank You." Operation Thank You was put together as a way for Rooney and Moon to personally
  • Domestic violence undermines readiness

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There are displays promoting domestic violence prevention located through out the base. As one walks into the Medical Clinic, pictures hang in the atrium that were drawn by our children at the Child Development Center, depicting the prevention of domestic violence. One drawing stands out; it is a heart
  • Celebrate a healthy Halloween

    With Halloween on Tuesday and the aisles of the grocery store lined with individually-wrapped candy, it is not surprising that this time of year is one of the most profitable for the candy industry, nor is it that one-third of American children and adolescents are either obese, overweight or becoming obese. According to the Robert Wood Johnson
  • 27th SFS Airmen train with Soldiers for Iraq duty

    Two hours of dry runs are over. Collective focus and stress levels rise as Fort Lewis Range 26 goes hot; the next assault would be live-fire. A fire team forms a four-man stack and moves to a building under the cover of smoke. Hand signals establish who would lead the assault, who would cover and who would breech. A shoulder pat gives the silent
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