Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico It’s 25 miles from Cannon Air Force Base, but the Melrose Air Force Range is never out of sight or out of mind for the future of the base and Air Force Special Operations Command. “It’s not just a bombing range,” said Lt. Col. Paul Caltagirone, deputy group commander […]

Hurlburt squadron being reassigned to Cannon

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Freedom New Mexico A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday will be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in the future, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release. The 20th Special Operations Squadron will fly CV-22 aircraft at Cannon. A military spending bill signed by President […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Cannon’s airfield lately being utilized by other nearby bases

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is lending its airfield to aircraft from nearby air bases to practice maneuvers while the base continues its transition to a special operations base, according to base officials. A C-17 cargo plane circled around the air base Wednesday while practicing holding patterns and touch-and-go maneuvers. […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted by […]

UAVs give military constant presence over battlefield

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor They’ve been called the U.S. military’s “unblinking eye,” and the ability to provide a near constant presence overhead is the attraction of unmanned aerial vehicles. High-tech military systems such as the MQ-1 Predator, which the Air Force eventually plans to bring to Cannon Air Force Base, have changed the […]

New AFSOC commander visits Cannon

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Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor This week 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 since taking command in November. He talked with Freedom New Mexico Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that […]

Cannon reports F-16 malfunction

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Cannon, Holloman may receive new aircraft

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By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means potential changes for the state’s three bases. The document, released Wednesday, offers hints about what aircraft might be based at the reconfigured […]