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. […]

New wing designated 27th Special Operations Wing

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE— The Air Force Special Operations Command wing that is moving to Cannon Air Force Base has been designated the 27th Special Operations Wing, maintaining the history of the 27th at the southern New Mexico base. The Air Force Special Operations Command said the wing designation was chosen to […]

Ortega tapped for bank board

Freedom Newspapers Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Western Bank of Clovis and Portales, according to a Western Bank news release “I am very excited to be a part of Western Bank, an institution that cares about the success of its customers,” said Ortega, who also serves […]

Special Operations Command plans squadron’s move

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the globe as […]

Cannon’s new mission approved

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

Cannon Special Ops approved

Release #07-015 August 21, 2007   AFSOC TO STAND UP WING AT CANNON AFB OCT. 1   HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command got a green light to press forward with its plans to stand up a special operations wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.   Mr. William C. Anderson, assistant […]

Review for Special Operations begins Monday

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wait to find out the future of Cannon Air Force Base is about over. The Secretary of the Air Force is expected to review proposed changes at Cannon this week as part of the base’s switch to Air Force Special Operations Command. Today marks the end of a 30-day […]

Senators fight for Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Udall encouraged by Cannon briefing

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been visiting eastern New Mexico for the last two days and stopped by Freedom Newspapers to answer questions about the area and Washington, D.C. Q: How are things going for Cannon Air Force Base and its planned Special Operations mission? A: The briefing I got […]

Officials: Cannon transition going smoothly

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the 16th Special Operations Wing to Cannon — which is expected toward the end of summer — […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Special Operations eyeing more for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Meetings Watch: Cannon Impact Statement

Freedom Newspapers What: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting When: 6-8 p.m. today Where: Clovis Community College auditorium, Room 154 Background: Air Force Special Operations Command was required by law to complete a draft addressing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of moving the 16th Special Operation Wings to Cannon Air Force Base. The 16th SOW is […]

Cannon funding legislation introduced

Freedom Newspapers Sens. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M., Monday introduced legislation to promote funding for two military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. The legislation to authorize $9.2 million for work at Cannon was offered in advance of FY2008 defense authorization and appropriations bills to highlight the […]

Delegates request funds for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. The delegation requested that $72.5 million be provided in the fiscal year 2007 Supplemental Appropriations bill, which will […]

Cannon granted fuel facility funds

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, — The Pentagon on Friday released $13.2 million for Cannon Air Force Base in southeastern New Mexico, the state’s congressional delegation says. The delegation in November asked the Pentagon to release the funds for a fuel storage and distribution system at the base near Clovis. “Along with […]

Year in Review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • Deep battlefield re-supply, interdiction, and close air support Four major groups support the wing: Operations, […]

Air Force asks for correspondence

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before any […]

Officials to visit Hurlburt Field

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers This Thursday, a group of local officials will board a military aircraft headed for Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command. An AC-130U Gunship from Hurlburt will usher about a dozen regional officials to the installation, where they will meet with Air Force Special Operations […]

Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Editorial Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and service […]