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 […]

Show what it means to serve in the military

Maj. Jeremy Novak There are two things, I cannot ever stress enough to Airmen: “Take care of yourself and others.” The 27th Fighter Wing is full of examples at both ends of the extreme with regards to members taking care of their careers and taking care of their fellow Airmen. Most Airmen are stellar performers […]

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. […]

27 FW Safety sweeps awards at all levels

By Greg Allen The safety buck stopped at Cannon Tuesday, when the Columbian Trophy made another appearance at the 27th Fighter Wing. When the Air Force presented the wing with the prestigious trophy that recognizes the best flight safety program in the Air Force, it was only the tip of the safety iceberg for Team […]

Phase II: Readiness is the reason

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After an alarm red from an exercise air attack was downgraded to alarm black at a previous Phase II readiness exercise, 27th Communications Squadron Senior Airmen Hector Medina (left) and Anthony Squeo conduct a post-attack reconnaissance survey. Col. Scott West Warriors of the 27th Fighter Wing, Our ability to deploy and employ airpower and expeditionary […]

Cannon’s finest take awards at 27 FW Annual Awards Ceremony

2nd Lt. George Tobias “2006 was a monumental year for the men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing,” Capt. Rebecca Garcia, 27th FW Public Affairs chief told the audience at the 2007 Annual Awards Banquet. The ceremony, held at The Landing, paid tribute to men and women, both Airmen and civilians, for outstanding leadership […]

Breakfast hosts first female chaplain

Janet Taylor-Birkey Introduced by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Gallagher as the first female chaplain in the armed services and the first female chief of chaplains: an officer “with a wise and loving heart of a pastor,” retired Maj. Gen. Lorraine Potter addressed more than 150 military members and civilians at the annual Prayer Breakfast, Feb. […]

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 […]

Historians keep finger on historical pulse

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore, 27th Fighter Wing Historian Office, views microfilm of past 27th Fighter Wing events. Cannon historians track two sets of history: Cannon Air Force Base and the history of the 27th Fighter Wing. Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people might not think much goes on in a military history office. After all, they are […]

Commander’s Action Line

Col. Scott West I am calling about the Phase II operations because in the middle of the night sirens go off for military mobilizing for base X. The loud speaker sounds as though it is right outside my window. I don’t know if the Air Force has changed its procedures for the sirens going off […]

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, […]

27th Fighter Wing – from Korea to Iraq, its history continues

A 27th Fighter Wing F-16 takes off from Cannon at night earlier this year. After four wars and 50 years of almost continuous service, the 27th FW contiues to live up to one of its unofficial slogans: “World’s Most Lethal Warfighting Team.” 27th Fighter Wing historical office (Editor’s note: This is the second of a […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

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 […]