Military feature: Cannon airmen share thoughts on jobs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held its first Media Day last week and personnel were candid about their jobs and living in eastern New Mexico. Eleven members of the media toured Cannon’s mission, aircraft, growth and construction. Capt. Eric Bowman, 32, said his job […]

Cannon to host open house

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will hold its inaugural 27th Special Operations Wing open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 on the base’s flightline. The event is free, open to the public and will feature 27 SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and assets. Event parking will be […]

Commission to discuss pet ordinance

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the ordinance on loose pets and consider leasing the local National Guard armory. They meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse. County Manager Charlene Hardin said operations have been shut down at the armory, which is near Portales Municipal Airport, […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico ol. James Slife assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife replaces Col. James Cardoso, who will remain at Cannon, serving as second in command of the base as the new vice-wing commander. “I know you will lead them well for their […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday […]

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Military update: Money lacking for disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members are closer to landing a 3.4 percent basic pay raise next January, which would be the 11th consecutive annual increase set higher than private sector wage growth. But in approving a $550.4 billion fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and $130 billion for wartime operations last week, […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher. Officials at Cannon confirmed they died April 23 in a one-car rollover on Interstate 40 just […]

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special Operations […]

Report: Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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Freedom New Mexico An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., was lost over southern Afghanistan about 11:35 a.m. local time. The cause […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

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 […]

Cannon notes strides in first year of Special Ops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base officials said significant strides have been made in modifying infrastructure and adding personnel and aircraft during its first year as an Air Force Special Operations Command installation. The air base was marked for closure in 2006 by the Base Realignment and Closure Committee. But a […]

It’s Their Job: Winston Berry

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Name: Winston Berry Job: Operations Director for New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home Background: Berry worked as part of the maintenance personnel for three years at the children’s home while completing his schooling. He went on to teach fourth-grade for several years. Later, he became the youth pastor at First Baptist Church, eventually taking the role […]

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 […]

CAFB exercise tests special ops communication

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future of special operations communications technology. Tethered by cables tied to four metal plates, the inflatable satellite was surrounded by three tents housing millions of dollars worth of communications equipment. The mobile […]

AFSOC training unit stationed at Cannon

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force Special Operations Command unit responsible for training aircrews in special operations airframes established a detachment at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M, May 10.

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 […]