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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

Cannon rewarded for safety record

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

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, […]

Transition under way at Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

Cannon schedules public input meetings

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca Garcia […]

Rams preparing new offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Its back to the future for 2006 Portales High School football, but there aren’t any winged time machines, instead, its the wing-T offense. This year’s version of the red and white gridiron warriors have a new head coach, who’s actually a former assistant coach, and a fresh new offense […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

Hurlburt: We’re full

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary an empty space. That is Hurlburt Field, current home of Air Force Special Operations Command and its 16th Wing in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. On this steamy July day, the ramp at Hurlburt is at 30 percent capacity, according […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Officials from 16th Special Operations Wing to visit

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A cross section of individuals from the Air Force 16th Special Operations Wing will visit eastern New Mexico in late July, chiefly to experience the resources of the region, according to local officials. Twenty to 30 members of the 16th Wing will visit with area officials July 20-21, according […]

27th still has work to be done

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter […]

Past week was one filled with economic euphoria for area

Editorial The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable uncertainty […]

Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]