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 […]