Actions earn airman Air Force Cross

Courtesy photo: Devon Ravine Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic. Jones saved Gutierrez’ life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan. The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas […]

AFSOC commander retires after 42 years

By Capt. Kristen D. Duncan and Ashley M. Wright

AFSOC: Use Spice, may lose career

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs The Air Force began drug testing airmen on Feb. 22 to determine whether they are using Spice — the street term for a range of designer synthetic-cannabinoid products. The Hurlburt Field and Cannon Air Force Base Drug Demand Reduction offices are in full compliance with the Air Force […]

MC-130J rollout accelerates AFSOC recapitalization

USAF: Master Sgt. Scott MacKay The MC-130J Combat Shadow II, Air Force Special Operations Command’s newest aircraft, sits on the tarmac after its unveiling March 29 at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga. By Rachel Arroyo: Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs MARIETTA, Ga. — Air Force Special Operations Command officials welcomed the latest variant […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

AFSOC airmen save Haitian earthquake victim

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USAF photo: Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV An airman from the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., helps put ear plugs in the ears of an infant before boarding an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft flying out of the Troussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 15. U.S. citizens living […]

Network migration under way at Cannon

By Air Force Special Operations Command The latest transformation for 27th Special Operations Wing will be the migration of its network services from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command. The migration began October 19 and once it is completed on October 31, users of the Cannon unclassified network will share the same […]

3rd SOS wins AFSOC Squadron of Year

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Luciano Vazquez Air Force Special Operations Command commander Lt. Gen Donald C. Wurster, right, presents the 2008 AFSOC Squadron of the Year trophy to Lt. Col. Bob W. Brock, 3rd Special Operations Squadron commander, during the AFSOC commander’s visit to Cannon. By Capt. Mae-Li Allison: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 3rd […]

AFSOC officials propose new squadron

Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Connections staff Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to […]

AFSOC proposes creating intelligence squadron at Cannon

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to the 11th intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Air Force Base, according […]

Honor Guard wins AFSOC awards

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Two airmen from Cannon’s Honor Guard showed that hard work and dedication pays off by being named the winners of two categories from Air Force Special Operations Command. Tech Sgt. Rodney Barner, 27th Special Operations Services Squadron, and Senior Airman Geoff Leal, 27th […]

AFSOC announces 2008 services award winners

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command has announced the winners of the 2008 Services Awards, which recognize individuals and teams for excellence and ingenuity in their field. The following AFSOC winners will be submitted for competition at the Air Force level: Arts and Crafts Program of the Year — Hurlburt Field Arts […]

Visiting Gen. Wurster talks Cannon; AFSOC

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CNJ file photo Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster visited Cannon the last week of January and addressed questions about the new mission. by Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE  —Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster’s visit here Jan. 28-30 marked his first as the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.  General Wurster, […]

AFSOC commander responds to questions

Karl Terry, Cannon Connections Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base this week since taking command. He talked with Freedom New Mexico on Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that command. Q. Give […]

Special Operations: MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130 Gunship

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MC-130W Combat Spear The MC-130W Combat Spear flies in “direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and USSOCOM contingencies,” according to the Armed Forces Special Operations Web site. The aircraft participates in “infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S and allied special operations forces,” according the the AFSOC Web site. Flying primarily at night […]

End of an era

Courtesy Photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. Cannon Connections Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Monday at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th […]

Air Force officials prepare for change of command at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. […]

Cannon construction hinges on passage of bill

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds to […]

Senate approves Cannon funds

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds to […]

AFSOC officials answer questions

By AFSOC Public Affairs Q. What units will move, and when? A. The first unit to move to Cannon Air Force Base will be the 73rd Special Operations Squadron, a unit of newly acquired MC-130W Combat Spears currently located at Hurlburt Field. The four MC-130W currently assigned to the 73rd SOS will move to Cannon […]