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The Winter Extravaganza of the Year


Club Manager, Mara Jordan wants to remind you to book the Landing l Zone for all your specia events this year! READ MORE PAGE 18-19


Caribbean Travel Fair PAGE 5 Cannon’s Biggest Loser PAGE 7 Commando Chef Competition In The Kitchen PAGE 9 Father & Daughter Winter Ball PAGE 16



and more


Where will your Services journey take you?



Book your summer vacation to the Caribbean islands now. ITT staff will be available to answer questions and book reservations.



Chefs from Pecos Dining and Landing Zone will compete for the perfect gourmet meal.

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Bring the family and your friends for great glow-in-the-dark bowling, music and lots of fun.

18 FATHER & DAUGHTERWINTER BALL Put your princess in that perfect ballroom gown and head over to Landing Zone for a fun evening of crafts, fun and dancing.


You and your friends won’t have any trouble staying up all night at this teen lock-in. Lots planned, including a trip to movie theater. ON THE COVER Military friends enjoy the festivities at SnoFest 2010. The Outdoor Recreation staff can sign you up for the winter extravaganza of the year held at the beautiful Keystone Resort in Colorado, seating is limited.

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110 E. Sextant, Suite 2036 Cannon AFB, NM 88103 (575) 784-2115 • DSN 681-2115 Fax (575) 784-6987 Marketing & Commercial Sponsorship Yolanda Romero, 784-2115 Jeanette Orrantia, 784-6623 Jason Croke, 784-6077 Krista Roberts, 784-1516

ARTICLES Program helps airmen adjust to life in New Mexico, pg. 4; SnoFest 2011, pg. 10; Concerned about the soaring cost of higher education for your children, pg 15; Ask the Car Guy, pg. 17; Uniquely catered affair, pg. 18

27th Special Operations Wing Commander, Col Stephen Clark Mission Support Group Commander, Col Steven Kimball Force Support Squadron Commander, Maj Frederick “Rick” Gearhart Force Support Squadron Deputy, Jim Laquerre Marketing Director, Yolanda Romero Lead Graphic Designer, Jeanette Orrantia Web Developer, Jason Croke Commercial Sponsorship Liaison, Krista Roberts At Your Service magazine is published by Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron Marketing Department (27SOW/FSS/FSK). The monthly publication is designed to inform the public of special events occurring in and around Cannon AFB. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Cannon AFB, DoD, or USAF. All program dates, times and prices printed in this publication are subject to cancellation or change without prior notice. No Federal endorsement of sponsors or advertisers intended.

Connections in the Community Ease Transition for New Air Commandos Stepping into new surroundings while far away from home can be a stressful experience. The Adopt an Air Commando program is designed to connect Airmen with local families to help ease that transition and enhance their experience while in New Mexico. The program focuses on meeting two needs for Cannon Airmen and their families: establishing a healthy identity within the community and fostering a stronger bond within the surrounding areas. The program helps Airmen experience New Mexico in a whole new light while establishing connections and fostering new friendships. “Adopt an Air Commando allows community partners and military personnel (and their families) the opportunity to share their commonalities, personal experience, and lives which provides both set of participants an outlet to learn from and integrate into the respective communities,” said TaShara Duckett, A&FRC Volunteer Resource Manager. “The program objectives are to increase morale, strengthen local community connections and provide support to families and single Airmen assigned to Cannon Air Force Base.” This program falls within the scope of community outreach to assist Airmen on ways to identify similarities as well as opportunities to assimilate and be more accepting of the community while


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broadening their definition of “home,” “comfort,” and “fun.” “Adopt an Air Commando strives to be that beacon of hope for those that feel out of their comfort zone here in Eastern New Mexico,” Ms. Duckett said. “Adopt an Air Commando offers an outlet to see, interact, and participate in activities that are enjoyable in unfamiliar area or provide military participants with a home away from home in some cases.” The expectations of the program are to help individuals realize the simplistic beauty and discover the endless possibilities of personal and professional growth in the surrounding areas of the Western home of the Air Commando. Participation in this program is voluntary but ongoing and requires registration with the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Together, the A&FRC and Chamber of Commerce plan quarterly events to help support and sustain this fun program. For more information contact A&FRC Volunteer Resource Manager, TaShara Duckett by calling 784-4228. | At Your Service


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Evening Dining at the Landing Zone

Thursday evening dining is served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday evening dining is served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 6

DINNER ON A STICK. Your choice of steak, chicken or shrimp kabob. Entrees served with salad skewers, vegetables skewers, new potatoes on a stick and dinner rolls. Member $9.95 • Non-Member $11.95

Thursday, Jan 13

FISH AND CHIPS. Enjoy a British pub-style favorite. Deep-fried fish served up with chips and coleslaw. Meal served with salad and dinner rolls. Member $6.95 • Non-Member $8.95

Friday, Jan 14

MONGOLIAN BBQ. A great selection of items to choose from to create your special Mongolian BBQ. Choose from beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and fresh vegetables. Enjoy soup, salad, Jasmine rice or noodles and an egg roll. Beef, chicken and pork only 85¢ per ounce and shrimp $1 per ounce.

Friday, Jan 21

SPAGHETTI DINNER FOR TWO. Bring that special someone in for a romantic evening. Enjoy spaghetti topped with meatballs in savory marinara sauce served family style. Meal includes garlic bread and Caesar salad for two. Member $10 • Non-Members $12

Thursday, Jan 27

CRAB LEGS BY THE POUND. Purchase snow crab legs by the pound. Served with garden salad, corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes and a dinner roll. Member $10 per pound • Non-Member $12 per pound

Friday, Jan 28

STEAK, CHICKEN OR SALMON. Choose between a grilled rib eye steak, herb-roasted chicken breast or charbroiled salmon. Meal served with baked potato, string beans, tossed salad and dinner rolls. Steak $14.95 • Chicken $10.95 • Salmon $12.95 *Members receive a $2 discount.


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Thursday, Jan 20

GRILLED FAJITAS. Sizzling steak or grilled chicken fajitas served with Mexican cornbread and steamy green chili stew. Member $6.95 Non-Member $8.95

Commando Chef Competition in the Kitchen Whose the best chef? You decide.

Be the judge at the first Commando Chef Competiton in the Kitchen. Join us for a throwdown competition between the Landing Zone and Pecos Trail Dining Facility. Each team prepares a five course gourmet meal. Review the menu and order the dish that is most appealing to you. As a judge, you won’t know which team created the meal. After dinner judge meal for presentation, timeliness, taste and more. Points earned for number of meals sold, too. This event is for adults only.


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Join us for a fun-filled winter wonderland weekend. SnoFest 2011 is the family getaway of the year that’s too affordable to miss. Skiing, snowboarding, racing, wine tasting, parties and much more. Explore Keystone Resort, Colorado’s premier recreational destination. The scenery will take your breath away. Relax by the warmth of a crackling fireplace and kindle your palate with an exciting selection of wines. If there is only one family vacation you take this year, make it SnoFest!


A $50 deposit is required at the time of registration. Price for SnoFest is $160 per person. Fee includes transportation, ski and snow board equipment, helmet, pants and lodging. Fee does not include party tickets or lift tickets. The trip is limited to ten people. All payments must be made by noon on Tuesday, January 18. Cancellations must be received by January 14 to obtain deposit. After January 14, guests will forfeit the $50 deposit.


If you would rather make your own lodging reservations, Keystone Resort has a variety of accommodations set aside exclusively for SnoFest. Choose a budget-friendly condo with fully equipped kitchen for a family, an extravagant luxurious hotel room or something in between. With 1,200 lodging options, Keystone has something for everyone. For lodging availability and reservations visit www.


From romantic dinners to pizza for a family, the dining options are unlimited at Keystone. For an experience sure to create amazing memories, try the 12,000 foot high gondola ride - North America’s highest gourmet restaurant or to the Der Fondue Chessel for wonderful Swiss dining and music.






Think inside the box! Gather your friends, family and coworkers together and challenge yourself to ride down an icy slope on a cardboard sled that you build. Build it at home and bring it or create one with free supplies at Keystone.


Themed parties will be held at the Keystone Conference Center, featuring scrumptious all-you-can-eat buffets, great entertainment, Glitterriffic face painters, caricaturists, photo booths and prizes. Reserve a table for ten by contacting ODR. On Friday the theme will be Chinese New Year, cost is $17 for adults and $10 for children. On Saturday, “Get Your Game On - Rat Pack Style” will be a casino themed night where adults pay $19 and children $12.


Back by popular demand, two wine tasting events are scheduled. Space is limited, register early. Sample fine wine and cheese from around the world in a casual atmosphere guided by Keystone’s own master sommelier.


The hospitality tent located at the base of Keystone Mountain offers free refreshments, SnoFest badges, message boards and information about daily activities.


Purchase discounted SnoFest lift tickets at ODR office prior to SnoFest, at the event in the Mountain House on Friday or Saturday between 7:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. or during the lodging check-in at Keystone Conference Center on Friday. Daily SnoFest lift tickets are priced $51 for adults and $34 for children ages 5-12. E1-E4, cadets and prep school students pay only $47.


Keystone is renowned for exceptional skiing, of course, but non-skiers have fun, too. Sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing and snow biking are just a few fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Wine tasting events will be held on Friday and Saturday.


From novice to expert, ski or ride the NASTAR course on Friday or Saturday. Racing is free but participants must have a valid lift ticket or pass. For complete race rules and registration info visit

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Concerned about the soaring cost of higher education for your children?

Maybe the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) can help! Under the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, the society awards $2,000 to selected applicants. The program continues to be offered to dependent sons and daughters of

active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time activity duty, retired, retired Reservists with 20+ qualifying years of service, and deceased Air Force members. Spouses (residing stateside) of active duty and Title

10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty; and surviving spouses of deceased members are also eligible candidates. Don’t assume you won’t qualify, call 784-4228 or visit for more information. | At Your Service

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Leonard Marchman, Auto Skills Manager


How important are AWD and 4X4 in the snow this winter?

A. This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the terrain and weather where you are traveling or where you live.

Historically, New Mexico is known for mild winters compared to other parts of the country. So, if you are planning on driving in and around New Mexico this winter you should be fine without these features. When concerned about driving in the snow, its really wise to check the road conditions for the places you will be driving to this winter season. It really doesn’t matter if you have AWD or a 4X4 vehicle if there is a layer of ice under the snow or black ice. The road advisory hotline is (800) 432-4269 for road conditions for New Mexico and surrounding states. Vehicles with 4x4 and AWD options can provide you with better handling and control in adverse conditions. But, remember, the tires and suspension need to be in good shape for safe driving.

December December -- March March

The technicians at auto skills can assist you with these and other car concerns. Give us a call at 784-2170. Happy motoring from all the staff at the Auto Skills Center.

Have an auto question?

Go to or call Youth Programs at 784-2747 for more info.

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Uniquely Catered Affair By Jeanette Orrantia, Marketing Department

“The club can cater to all your event needs. We keep up with the industry trends to better serve you throughout your planning process. Club members get

The Landing Zone is offering a new level of taste, service and commitment to every event and party they create. Club manager Mara Jordan and assistant manager Bertha Armijo, with their many years of experience in the hospitality industry, are committed to raising the level of excellence by making Landing Zone events an impressive venue for any occasion. The Landing Zone offers unique

room fees waived on ballroom settings and a fantastic personal functions catering menu to choose from. It’s such as weddings the ideal place to host your next and birthday parties and receive a 10% discount on food.” --MARA JORDAN CLUB MANAGER

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lifestyle event or business function. One unique aspect of the catering facility is they have the perfect size room to accommodate any occasion up to 300 guests in the largest ballroom. If you need additional space, don’t hesitate to book the entire club for your special event. Smaller intimate parties under 50

can be accommodated in one of the petite ballrooms. Breakfast, lunch or dinner is available for any special occasion. Breakfast can be ordered a la carte or buffet-style. The American Classic buffet includes freshly scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, crispy bacon and savory sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, assorted pastires and mini muffins, coffee, orange juice and tea--all for under $11 per guest. Lunch and dinner can be served by the plate or buffet style. The All Time Favorite Lunch includes sliced roast beef with beef gravy, oven baked chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, freshly baked rolls with butter, tossed greens with tomatoes, carrots and ranch dressing for dipping all for under $11. Plus, club members are entitled to receive a discount for catering services. A full catering brochure

with menu selections and prices can be obtained by calling the Landing Zone or visit Remember, the club and the professional staff are available to make planning your next special occasion easy. And the Club and catering services are not limited to weddings and receptions. Book a ballroom at the Landing Zone for your next rehearsal dinner, anniversary celebration, luau, grand opening, open house, holiday party, retirement party, fundraiser event, business meeting, seminar or workshop, indoor BBQ, banquet dinner or cocktail party. The Landing Zone is the best choice for your catering and entertainment needs. Our experienced staff at the Landing Zone will help you fulfill all your event and catering wishes. Contact the staff at 784-2853 to book your next special event.



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All facility locations and hours of operation are subject to cancellation or change without prior notice. AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER 200 W Terminal • 784-4228 Mon-Fri, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM NEW


317 N Torch Blvd • 784-2170 Tues-Wed, 9 AM - 5 PM Thurs-Sat, 9 AM - 8 PM Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM Closed Monday and Holidays NEW


105 Trident • 784-2280 Mon, 10:30 AM - 5 PM* Tues-Thurs, 10:30 AM - 9 PM* Fri, 10:30 AM - Midnight* Sat, 3 PM - Midnight* Sun, 1 PM - 5 PM* *Grill closes half-hour earlier Closed Holidays


401 S Olympic • 784-2918 Open 24-hours, 7 days a week

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (CDC) 202 S Olympic Blvd • 784-2704 101 Boatwright Rd • 784-6259 Mon-Fri, 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM


107 W Trident Ave • 784-2786 Mon-Thurs, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM Fri-Sat, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-4848 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 4 PM NEW


108 W Eureka Ave • 784-6381 OFFICE Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 5 PM CANNON COMMUNITY CENTER Mon-Thurs, 8 AM - 9 PM Fri, 8 AM - 3 AM Sat, Noon - 3 AM Sun, Noon - 8 PM BALLOON STORE Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 5 PM Sat, Noon - 5 PM NEW CLOVIS 801 COMMUNITY CENTER

4000 Lew Wallace • 784-7464 Mon-Fri, 1 PM - 8 PM Sat, Noon - 8 PM PLAYGROUPS Tues-Thurs, 9 AM - 11 AM or By Reservation 20 At Your Service | January 2011


108 W Eureka Ave • 784-2448 BREAKFAST Mon-Fri, 6:30 AM - 10 AM LUNCH & DINNER Mon-Fri, 10 AM - 9 PM Sat & Sun, 11 AM - 9 PM BAR Fri & Sat, 5 PM - Midnight STARBUCKS Mon-Fri, 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM Sat & Sun, 11 AM - 8:30 PM


110 E Sextant Ave • 784-4184 Mon-Fri, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM


1022 State Rd 311 • 784-6560 Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 9 AM

FITNESS & SPORTS CENTER 400 N DL Ingram Blvd • 784-2466 Mon-Thurs, 5 AM - Midnight Fri, 5 AM - 11 PM Sat & Sun, 9 AM - 6 PM Exercises and Holidays, 9 AM - 6 PM

FRAMING & ENGRAVING 317 N Torch Blvd • 784-4735 Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 3 PM or pick up orders at Auto Skills Tues-Fri, 3 PM - 6 PM


Building 215 • 784-6996 Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 4;30 PM

HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-2622 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 4 PM


108 W Eureka Ave • 784-1275 Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 6 PM Sat, Noon - 5 PM


211 W Octagon Ave • 784-2853 Mon-Tues, 8 AM - 2 PM Wed-Fri, 8 AM - 5 PM TUMBLEWEED LOUNGE Fri, 4 PM - 11 PM REFUELING PIT Wed-Thurs, 4 PM - 8 PM Fri, 3 PM - 1 AM LUNCH Mon-Fri, 11 AM - 1 PM EVENING DINING Thurs, 5 PM - 7:30 PM Fri, 5 PM - 8 PM

BARBER SHOP Mon-Tues, 9 AM - 2 PM Wed-Fri, 9 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 4 PM By appointment, call 784-4831

MPF CUSTOMER SERVICE 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-7256 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 4 PM

MARKETING & COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-2115 Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 4 PM

MILITARY PERSONNEL 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-7573 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 4 PM

OUTDOOR RECREATION 106 West St • 784-2773 Mon, 7 AM - 5 PM Tues-Thurs 10 AM - 5 PM Fri, 7 AM - 5 PM Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays TRAP & SKEET Sun, Noon - 5 PM SKATE PARK Call for hours LIBERTY POOL 784-2910


203 N DL Ingram Blvd • 784-2420 BREAKFAST Mon-Fri, 6 AM - 8 AM LUNCH Mon-Fri, 11 AM - 1 PM DINNER Mon-Fri, 5 PM - 7 PM MIDNIGHT MEAL Sun-Fri, 11 PM - 12:30 AM BRUNCH Sat & Sun, 8 AM - Noon SUPPER Sat & Sun, 5 PM - 7 PM


356-2684 Mon-Fri, 5 PM - 9 PM Sat, Noon - 8 PM PLAYGROUPS Tues & Thurs, 9 AM - 11 AM or By Reservation

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 110 E Sextant Ave • 784-7008 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 4 PM CENTRAL CASHIER Mon-Fri, 8 AM - 11 AM

WHISPERING WINDS GOLF COURSE 105 Olds Dr • 784-2800 PRO SHOP Mon-Sun, 8 AM - Dusk CHIP SHOT DINING ROOM 784-2312 Mon-Fri, 7 AM - 2 PM


102 S Olympic Blvd • 784-2747 OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri, 1 PM - 5:30 PM SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM Mon-Fri, 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM TWEENS OPEN REC Mon-Fri, 4:30 PM - 7 PM Sat, Noon - 6 PM TEENS OPEN REC Mon-Fri, 4:30 8:30 PM Sat, Noon - 6 PM Closed Sunday & Holidays ________________________

FACEBOOK Find us on Facebook under Cannon Commandos

WEBSITE ________________________


784-4331 Closed Monday Tues-Fri, 9 AM - 7 PM Sat, 9 AM - 6 PM Sun, 10 AM - 5 PM

AAFES BASE EXCHANGE 784-2141 Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 6 PM Sun, 10 AM - 4 PM

AAFES SHOPPETTE 784-5766 Mon-Thurs, 6 AM - 9 PM Fri, 6 AM - 11 PM Sat, 8 AM - 11 PM Sun, 9 AM - 8 PM


784-2582 Call theater or visit for movie schedule.

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Don’t miss the “One Page at a Time” reading program, hosted by Youth Center. PAGE 17 | At Your Service 23

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Area guide for Cannon Air Force Base