Meeting on Melrose Bombing Range set

Freedom New Mexico The State Land office will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Melrose public school regarding the expansion of the Melrose Bombing Range. Retired Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the meeting will inform area land owners about the status of the land acquisition for the expansion. Cannon Air Force […]

Training helps airmen become physician assistants

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th SOW Public Affairs Is it possible to receive medical training to become a physician assistant and become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force at the same time? For one airman at Cannon Air Force Base, not only is it possible, it’s now a reality. Airman 1st Class […]

Merger helps base office expand efforts

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The Cannon Public Affairs department has gone from just producing written stories and photographs to broadcasting video stories on the Commanders Channel in the last year. The multimedia department combined with the public affairs desk and grew from a staff of four people to 20 people, according to Public […]

Education compact would help military children

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico As military installations such as Cannon Air Force Base receive new personnel from other installations, the Department of Defense is asking, “But what about the children?” A transition to a new base can be difficult for school-aged children in military families, according to Jim Rickel, a quality of life […]

Construction projects upgrade CAFB

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USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Butler Construction Co. finishes covering one of the hangars in the first section of the flightline. This hangar is one of three under construction for the 27th Special Operations Wing. By Kevin Wilson, Cannon Connections While members arrive for Air Force Special Operations Command, construction crews are working […]

19th SOS establishes detachment at Cannon Air Force Base

Portales marks Memorial Day

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Freedom does not come without sacrifice and those who have sacrificed their lives shall never be forgotten. Those were the words of Col. Timothy Leahy, Commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, as he spoke during the Memorial Day program on Monday at Portales […]

Air Force confirms Cannon to get Predator squadron

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force Special Operations Command confirmed Thursday the 3rd Special Operations Squadron will move to Cannon Air Force Base from its current home at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The squadron flies MQ-1 Predators, which are unmanned aerial vehicles. The move will bring an additional 84 officers and 155 enlisted […]

Senate passes bill that would fund Cannon child care center

Freedom New Mexico A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to […]

Cannon activates 318th SO Squadron

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Col. Valentino Bagnani III, right, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, unfurls the 318th Special Operations Squadron colors as Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander, left, looks on during activation ceremonies May 16. Col. Bagnani unfurled the By Capt. Mae-Li Allison, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON […]

Police week honors those behind the shield

USAF photo: Beth Merchant Simulated “convicts” sit in jail after being “arrested” during the “Jail and Bail” at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange May 15, one of the events held as part of National Police Week. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th SOW Public Affair CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special […]

Air Force provides assistance to Burma

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Sonya Croston Senior Airman Shaun Rhine, left to right, Staff Sgt. Shaun Kegin and Tech. Sgt. Andree Curlee package bottled water in support of humanitarian relief efforts for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma May 11 at Utapao Air Base, Thailand. HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — A U.S. Air […]

Pool staff trained, ready for summer

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Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Andrew Marhefka of Clovis swims across the pool as part of a recent lifeguard training program at the Clovis Aquatic Center. The Liberty Pool at Cannon Air Force Base opens May 24. By Janet Bresenham, Cannon Connections Eric Kirby, the aquatic director for Liberty Pool at Cannon Air Force Base, is […]

Simulated shootout at the commando corral

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Senior Airman Joshua Jacobson, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, stands guard as a simulated “casualty” is helped to safety by the rest of his four-man team during a training course that took place last week at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations […]

Cannon Community May 16

Cannon Idol holds auditions Auditions to become Cannon Air Force Base’s first “Cannon

Cannon Community May 9

Stock up and save The Cannon Air Force Base Commissary is having its Worldwide Case Lot Sale today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cannon Idol plans auditions Auditions to become Cannon Air Force Base’s first “Cannon

Chamber looks forward during annual banquet

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Col. Timothy Leahy, the man leading Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, gave the keynote address at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Thursday, while chamber officials unveiled a new mission of their own. Incoming Chamber president Antonio Sanchez unveiled a new mission statement for […]

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Kite Karnival set for Saturday

Courtesy photo The fifth annual Kite Karnival will feature a variety of colorful static kites and flying kites, along with many family activities Kites of all shapes, sizes and colors will take to the skies near Cannon this weekend for the 5th Annual Kite Karnival. To celebrate April as National Kite Month, the Kite Karnival […]

Officials say base numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel […]