AFSOC officials propose new squadron

Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Connections staff Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to […]

27th SOEMS tests newest torch

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Justin Darland, 27th SOEMS, demonstrates the new oxy-acetylene torch on Sept. 5. From left to right, Maj. Michelle Estes, 27th SOEMS commander, 27th SOW Command Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Fischer and Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public […]

AFSOC proposes creating intelligence squadron at Cannon

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to the 11th intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Air Force Base, according […]

Cannon airmen fine tune refueling methods

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz Tech. Sgt. Joshua Creegar, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, prepares to offload the Forward Area Manifold cart from the MC-130W Combat Spear on July 30. By Senior Airman Liliana Moreno: 27th Special Operations Public Affairs As aircraft landed on the blacked out runway, airmen from the Petroleum, […]

Cannon squadron receives AFA Citation of Honor

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th SOW Public Affairs The 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base has been selected as the recipient of the Air Force Association’s 2008 Air Force Association Citation of Honor. The AFA’s Web site defines the Citation of Honor as “the outstanding contribution of an individual or organization […]

Cannon chooses its own 'idol'

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Ashley Balter performs one of three songs during Cannon Idol hosted at the Landing June 27. Balter won first place in the contest and took home the grand prize of $200 and the opportunity to sing on a local radio station. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th […]

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 […]

Cannon activates 318th SO Squadron

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Col. Valentino Bagnani III, right, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, unfurls the 318th Special Operations Squadron colors as Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander, left, looks on during activation ceremonies May 16. Col. Bagnani unfurled the By Capt. Mae-Li Allison, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON […]

Cannon Community May 2

Change of Command today Maj. Ryan Rowe will relinquish command of the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Andrew Young at 9 a.m. today in Hangar 16. A reception will follow. The uniform for military is uniform of the day and business casual for civilians. Relay for Life begins tonight This year’s Clovis/Curry […]

Fabrication flight fixes, maintains aircraft structure

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnson, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, applies a protective sheet over a stencil of the special operations emblem at Building 199. This emblem will be placed onto an aircraft tail near the Landing. By 1st Lt. George Tobias, 27th SOW Public Affair […]

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 […]

21st Special Tactics Squadron remembers fallen comrad

By 1st Lt. Amy Cooper, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — It was standing room only at a memorial service held here March 26 honoring a combat controller recently killed in Afghanistan.

Squadron takes team approach to medical care

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —The 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron takes a team approach to operational medicine with five divisions that all work together. Those divisions include flight medicine, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry and dental. Lt. Col. Jimmie D. Bailey II serves as commander of the 27th Special […]

Cannon holds annual awards dinner

CAFB photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Fischer present the 3rd Special Operations Squadron with the award for Squadron of the Year. Cannon Air Force Base held its wing annual awards dinner Feb. 9 at The Landing.

Airman Leadership School announces graduates

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. —Congratulations to the 22 Airman Leadership School Class 2008-C students who graduated Feb. 7. John L. Levitow Award Winner Senior Airman Travis Harper, 712th Maintenance Squadron (Provisional) Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman John Castle, 27th Special Operation Support Squadron Academic Achievement Award Winner Senior Airman Clayton Winger, 27th […]

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 […]

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 […]

Base begins transition to new mission

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A little more than two years after nearly being shuttered, Cannon Air Force Base is now home to the 27th Special Operations Wing. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Cannon ALS graduates recognizes

Cannon Air Force Base Airman Leadership School Class 2008-B graduates: John L. Levitow Award Winner Senior Airman Lana McCurdy, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished Graduate Staff Sgt. Jonathan Agebeyegbe, 712th Maintenance Squadron (Provisional) Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman Zachary Silvis, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Academic Achievement Award Winner, Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman […]

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 […]