May rains pushing average

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PNT Staff Report Rain showers sprinkled over Roosevelt County on Wednesday, bringing much-needed rain for area farmers as well as for people with allergies. The KENW-TV Broadcast Center at Eastern New Mexico University recorded a little over half an inch of rain by mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to Operations Manager Shannon Hearn. With the month only […]

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Cannon clinic closes for training day

The Cannon Air Force Base clinic will be closed April 10 for a wing training day. Questions regarding the clinic closure can be directed to the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4131.

UAVs give military constant presence over battlefield

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor They’ve been called the U.S. military’s “unblinking eye,” and the ability to provide a near constant presence overhead is the attraction of unmanned aerial vehicles. High-tech military systems such as the MQ-1 Predator, which the Air Force eventually plans to bring to Cannon Air Force Base, have changed the […]

Predator crews will call Cannon home

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Pilots at Cannon Air Force Base eventually may fly missions in faraway lands without ever leaving eastern New Mexico. The main tool that will allow them to do so is the MQ-1 Predator, an unmanned drone that provides interdiction and reconnaissance against enemy targets as its primary mission. Several […]

New AFSOC commander visits Cannon

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Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor This week Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base since taking command in November. He talked with Freedom New Mexico Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that […]

Air Force representatives talk transition

Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Lt. Amy Cooper and 73rd Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Tom Markland answered some questions last week about how Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is going. Q: How many MC-130Ws are currently at Cannon? A: There are four MC-130Ws […]

Cannon welcomes new plane

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By Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon Air Force Base reached another milestone Tuesday in its transition to its special operations mission with the arrival of a new aircraft. The PC-12 was delivered to the 27th Special Operations Wing and will be flown by the 318th Special Operations Squadron when it activates […]

One last landing

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By Tonya Fennell A single jet made two sweeping passes Friday afternoon over Cannon Air Force Base. As the F-16 roared overhead, spectators craned their necks to witness the final F-16 flight at the base. The aerial display marked the end of an era for the 522nd Fighter Squadron, also known as the Fireballs, as […]

Invading Iraq may haunt world for years to come

The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at least 34 people, and […]