Air Commandos earn citizenship

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Three Air Commandos earned their U.S. citizenship during a ceremony Feb. 16 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Individuals must normally wait five years before applying to become a U.S. citizen, however, if they are serving in the armed forces during a time of war that […]

Prescribed burns for Melrose Range

By 27th SOW Public Affairs To reduce the risk of wildfires during the windy spring season here in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will conduct a series of controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range within the next 30 to 45 days, weather-permitting. These fires clear the amount of vegetation […]

Two new maintenance squadrons activated

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole Col. Wesley Norris, left, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, passes the official squadron guide on to Maj. Marcus Brazell as he accepts command of the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an official squadron reorganization ceremony Jan. 24 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Senior Airman Jette Carr: […]

27th SOW Social Media: Dependents crucial part of conversation

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is third in a series of social media related stories. Recent advances in social media have completely altered communication for today’s military families. Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter enable them to share, connect and be part of events […]

Angels in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Lt. Col. Doug Distaso, 551st Special Operations Squadron director of operations, watches the child his squadron sponsored unwrap his gifts at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home Dec. 11 in Portales. Cannon Air Commandos sponsored 23 children for the holidays. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th […]

Cannon’s healthcare organization changing

USAF illustration By 1st Lt. Theresa Paxton: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The 27th Special Operations Medical Group Family Health Clinic (formerly known as Family Practice) and Pediatric Clinic have started the implementation of Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This transition is scheduled to be completed Feb. 1, 2012. Continuity is the key to this […]

Cannon displays airpower during open house

Cannon Connections correspondent: Liliana Castillo Tripp Aragon, 4, sits in the cockpit of a UH-1N Huey during the open house. Benna Sayyed By An estimated 4,000 civilians poured in to Cannon Air Force Base Saturday to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower and learn about air force operations. Civilians mingled […]

Cannon welcomes new aircraft

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon to host Open House

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base invite the local community to attend the 27th Special Operations Wing’s second annual Open House on Sept. 24. This free event will feature Cannon’s specialized airpower capabilities on the Cannon flightline from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

Col. West assumes command of 27th SOG

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, hands the guidon to Col. William West 27th Special Operations Group commander, on Sept. 9 at Cannon Air force Base. West formally served as the chief of strategy division for the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center. By Airman […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates Sept. 11 attack

Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing salute as the flag in front of the headquarters building is taken down during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed many lives. More […]

Cannon memorial to house steel from World Trade Center

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Philadelphia Inquirer: David Swanson Rescue workers remove a body September 13, 2001, from the debris of the World Trade Center in New York. A piece of World Trade Center steel will be housed in a memorial at Cannon Air Force Base. Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Their view: Cannon example of women in leading roles

Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris with the 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office talks about the significance of Women’s Equality Day: The theme is never-changing, yet remains something to celebrate: Women’s rights. Women’s Equality Day is a Department of Defense governed observance, Aug. 26, celebrating one of the most “commonplace” rights for all American citizens […]

Airmen display combat capabilities

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USAF: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Col. James Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, watches an aerial demonstration for around 600 spectators at the 27th SOW Capabilities Exercise. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The second annual 27th Special Operations Wing Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX), a demonstration of the wing’s many special operations […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Former Cannon leaders promoted

Cannon Connections staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. He is currently the commander of the […]

Former Cannon Air Force Base airmen promoted

Freedom New Mexico Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special […]