Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

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 […]

Officials update committee on Cannon’s upcoming transition

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing will include a special tactics squadron comprised of about 100 people, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott. Scott, the director of the Office of Military Planning and Support, updated members of the New […]

Mission approved

Courtesy photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The plan to create a western-based special operations wing was cleared after Air Force Special […]

Special Operations Command plans squadron’s move

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the globe as […]

‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Cannon celebrates anniversary of name

Freedom Newspapers Today marks 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. Cannon served as commander of Tactical Air Command after a lengthy career that extended through World War II and up to his death in 1955. Gen. John K. Cannon Born: 1892, Salt […]

Special Operations eyeing more for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

Fort Sumner greets Air Force officials

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of its public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for its proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use […]

Cannon slims aircraft transfers

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Representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command and the Air National Guard work as part of the Transfer/Acceptance Inspection Rapid Improvement Event to slim a 16-day task to five days as part of AFSO 21. 2nd Lt. George Tobias Huddled in a small conference room with walls covered in post-it-notes, representatives from Cannon, Air Combat Command […]

Cannon F-16 crashes in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson and Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 that crashed Monday in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base, but base officials said the plane’s pilot was not from Cannon. “All of our Cannon pilots are accounted for,” said Cannon Public Information Officer Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Garcia said […]

Reading a person’s ‘indicator lights’ describes a unit’s health

Col. Bob West As I look around the 27th Fighter Wing, what really stands out are the people. In our Air Force, such phrases as “take care of your people” and “people are our most valuable resource” are common. Never has it been more important to take care of our people then now. With the […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

Integrity today means an Air Force career tomorrow

Maj. James Rich Today’s Air Force continues to emphasize the whole person concept and foot stomps that what we do both on and off duty can affect the length and success of our military careers. It should be obvious to even the newest Airmen that on-duty actions heavily determine the speed of promotion, getting that […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Fireballs test abilities in multinational event

Cannon’s F-16s sit ready to launch next to F-16s from the Turkish air force during the Falcon Air Meet 2006, hosted by Jordan in May. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals More than 150 Cannon Airmen and aircraft from the 522nd Fighter Squadron “Fireballs” traveled to Jordan for three weeks in May to participate in the first-ever […]

Residents meet Special Ops crew

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. Resting an arm against the seat he sits in to pilot the AC-130U gunship, he tries to demystify the aircraft — its snaking wires, its multiple […]

Air Force leaders to visit Cannon

27th Fighter Wing Pubic Affairs Air Force dignitaries will visit Cannon and Clovis today and Saturday to speak with the media and the public about Cannon’s future as the home of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Honorable William Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command […]

Air Force plans impact study

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapapers The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]