Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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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 receiving first MC-130J

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Comman. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Base construction under way

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Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under way at Cannon Air Force Base in 2010 and 2011 with some of them approaching their finish in the next one to 12 months and some just beginning. “The main purpose is to provide support facilities for the C-130 aircraft,” said AFSOC Chief of Programs Flight Steven […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Command chief talks about new position

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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso was selected as the command chief master sergeant for the 27th Special Operations Wing after the departure of Chief Master Sgt. William Turner in December. Caruso serves as the principal enlisted adviser to the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing on all issues affecting […]

Father, daughter share aircraft heritage

USAF photo: Greg Allen Recently promoted Master Sergeant Jennifer Seibt, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, and her father, retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Seibt, stand in front of an MC-130W Dragon Spear July 30 at Cannon Air Force Base. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — While many […]

Preferred aircraft basing alternatives released

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials released several announcements regarding five different aircraft July 29. Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force and Gen. Norton Schwartz, the chief of staff of the Air Force, approved C-27J operations and training candidate bases and announced the transition of Holloman Air Force Base to the F-16 Fighting Falcon […]

Chairman appalled by WikiLeaks release

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service ABOARD A U.S. AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is “appalled” by the breach of security represented by the WikiLeaks case. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters traveling with him that the leaks could put American servicemembers at risk. Investigators […]

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved […]

Capabilities exercise presented for base personnel, families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz The CV-22 Osprey lands in a cloud of dust made by its own powerful propellers during a capabilities exercise as opposition forces look on June 26. The exercise showcased several different aircraft By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs office The Army Special Forces […]

Commandos have their say at Media Day

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Air commandos continued their work day as members of the media toured their aircraft Wednesday and asked them questions. Eleven members of the media toured Cannon’s mission, aircraft, growth and construction at the mission’s first Media Day. Capt. Eric Bowman, 32, said his job on the AC-130H is rewarding. “We […]

Cannon airman named to Air Force Team of the Year

Remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators named Air Force Team of the Year

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and static aircraft […]

Cannon hosting Open House

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing is hosting an Open House and Industry Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April. 17 on the flightline. The open house is free, open to the public, and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets to include static […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

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USAF file photo A MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd Special Operations Squadron sits on the flightline at Cannon. On Wednesday, Air Force officials announced the deployment of two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to assist with operation in Haiti. Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday […]

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

73 SOS airmen return home

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Airmen from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron and 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group return from their deployment on a C-17 on Oct. 6. Three 73 SOS, 14 27 SOMXG and 10 16 SOS Airmen returned following the C-130W. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs A […]