Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Honors

The following majors have been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: • John Baquet — 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron • Scott Forn — 27th Special Operations Wing • Frederick Gearhart — 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron • Kipper Giles — 20th Special Operations Squadron • Keith Gurnick — 27th Special Operations Group […]

Colonel selectees announced

USAF photo: Senior Airmen James Bell Lt. Col. Michael Fulton, left, and Lt. Col. James Reineke, right, hold up colonel wings presented to them by Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, center, who notified them of their selection to colonel at the base clinic on Dec. 2. Fulton, 27th Special Operations Aerospace […]

Cannon honorees

27th SOW lieutenant colonel selectees announced: The following 27th Special Operations Wing Air Commandos were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: • Maj. Dan Dunn, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron; • Maj. Rick Jarrell, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron; • Maj. Rick McKee, 27th Special Operations Services Squadron • Maj. Rob Pata, 27th Special Operations […]

Cannon officers promoted

Cannon Public Affairs The following officers at Cannon have been selected by the Air Force for promotion. To colonel: • Lt. Col. Paul Caltagirone, 3rd Special Operations Squadron • Lt. Col. Mark Fluker, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group • Lt. Col. Thomas Markland, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala • Lt. Col. Danny […]

27 MDG addresses clinic patrons’ issues

By Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower First Call Resolution, quicker waiting times and fewer clinic visits were top subjects discussed at a Community Healthcare Council meeting with customers of the base clinic March 21 at The Landing. In an open forum, Col. Kenneth Hall, 27th Medical Group commander, updated families on programs being implemented to […]

27 FW Safety sweeps awards at all levels

By Greg Allen The safety buck stopped at Cannon Tuesday, when the Columbian Trophy made another appearance at the 27th Fighter Wing. When the Air Force presented the wing with the prestigious trophy that recognizes the best flight safety program in the Air Force, it was only the tip of the safety iceberg for Team […]

Iraqi-pilot trainer earns Bronze Star

Janet Taylor-Birkey Last summer the Air Force was looking for pilots to serve six months as aviation advisors to the new Iraqi air force as part of AEF (Air Expeditionary Force) 7 and 8. Lt. Col. Jack Maixner, who was at the time Assistant Director of Operations for the 522nd Fighter Squadron (currently director of […]

‘Wall’ becomes ‘Hall’ of Heroes

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower The Hall of Heroes, a program begun as the Wall of Heroes in 2004 at the Airman Leadership School honors the military service of local heroes. There are eight ALS classes held each year, and each class chooses a hero to add to the Hall. The present 16 inductees have, […]

Retiring Vice Wing commander reflects on past, looks to the future

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower After being affiliated with the Air Force for more than 29 years, Col. Jeffrey P. Harrell, former 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, bid farewell to his final assignment at Cannon. Colonel Harrell’s official retirement ceremony was held at 1 p.m. June 30 at The Landing. Colonel Harrell received his Bachelor […]

Col. Bagnani new Vice Wing commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Colonel Valentino Bagnani III assumed duties as vice wing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing June 30. He replaces retiring Col. Jeffrey Harrell who retired June 30. Colonel Bagnani arrives from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served as the deputy commander of the 56th Operations Group. […]

Commander keeps vow to make positive changes

Janet Taylor-Birkey Eighteen years ago, Lt. Col. Roseanne Warner, 27th Medical Operations Squadron commander, was the mother of a six-week-old baby girl and was performing her annual physical training test. Knowing that six weeks postpartum was too quick to do the required strenuous testing, she thought, “One day I am going to change things.” “It […]

Legendary 27th Fighter Wing Receives New Leadership

Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing Monday. Colonel West is the former vice commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and is a command pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing from Col. John […]