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 […]

Wing commander reports on Cannon’s transformation

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USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz New sliding exit doors arrived at the commisary this month for installation. The doors were just part of an overall upgrade made to the Cannon Air Force Base facility, which included new shelving and plumbing. By Col. Timothy Leahy The thunderous roar of fighter aircraft overhead is a […]

Wing commander promotes volunteerism

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By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Volunteer Week last week, Col. Timothy Leahy, the 27th Special Operations Wing commander, offered his thoughts about the importance of volunteerism in response to a series of questions from Freedom New Mexico feature writer Janet Bresenham. Q. How do you feel about volunteerism?

Wing commander promotes volunteerism

Courtesy Photo Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Col. Timothy Leahy, the 27th Special Operations Wing commander, offered his thoughts about the importance of volunteerism in response to a series of questions from Cannon Connections staff. Q April 27-May 3 […]

Leahy headlines Chamber banquet

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Tickets are available through Friday for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet which is slated for 6 p.m. April 24 at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker. […]

Wing commander will speak at chamber banquet

Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker at this month’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Portales at 200 S. Ave. C.Advance […]

Community set to honor veterans

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Ceremonies will be held across the community over the next few days to honor those veterans who have served in the Armed Forces. Veterans Day is Sunday and the federal holiday is observed Monday. At 10 a.m. Sunday at the Memorial Building, a program will be held to honor […]

Flags change hands

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old 27th Fighter Wing colors for the new 27th Special Operations Wing flag. Performed by the 27th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, the flag ceremony signified the official change of command Monday at Cannon Air Force […]

Leahy: Honor to be named commander

Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a military family? A: No, my father […]

Cannon change of command official

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old 27th Fighter Wing colors for the new 27th Special Operations Wing flag. Performed by the 27th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, the flag ceremony signified the official change of command Monday at Cannon Air […]

Air Force officials prepare for change of command at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. […]

Hounds inactivated

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 66 years of history were put on hold as the 524th Fighter Squadron, ‘Hounds of Heaven,’ inactivated here during a ceremony at The Landing on Aug. 30. At exactly 5:24 p.m., Capt. Jason Bell, the 524 FS flight commander, […]

Commander opens new line of communication

By Senior Airman Ryan Richard Rones: 612th Air Communications Squadron DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. — Have you ever had a question or concern that you wanted to communicate directly to one of your senior leaders? Well here is your chance. Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Commander, […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gens. Wooley, Utterback

Col. Scott West Team Cannon – Today and this weekend we host Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations commander, Hurlburt Airfield, Fla., and Lt. Gen. Loyd Utterback, 13th Air Force commander, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. General Wooley makes another visit to assess the progress of transitional planning for Air Force Special Operations […]

Veterans day events planned

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Joe Blair, commander of American Legion Post 31 in Portales, keeps a good buddy up front in his thoughts each Veterans Day by always making sure there is a flag placed on his grave. Without naming the comrade, Blair said they were good friends, about the same age, who […]

Base namesake a leader in developing America’s airpower

Gen. John K. Cannon was a World War II Mediterranean combat commander and chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe for whom Cannon Air Force is named. 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office When Headquarters USAF announced that Clovis Air Force Base, N.M., would become a permanent facility effective June 1, 1957, it approved redesignation of […]

27th Security Forces Airman earns DoD honors

Janet Taylor-Birkey The young lieutenant didn’t think he stood a chance. Even his father, a 20-year master sergeant, didn’t think he stood a chance. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. As the only lieutenant out of five finalists he was at the top of his game. But he was competing against a captain who was […]

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. […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

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 […]