Former Cannon Air Force Base airmen promoted

Freedom New Mexico

Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments.

Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Plehn served as the 27th Special Operations Group commander from 2007 to 2008.

Brig. Gen. Mark A. Atkinson has been promoted to the rank of major general.

Atkinson served as the commander of the 27th Maintenance Group at Cannon from 2002 to 2004.

The announcements were made Wednesday in Air Force Times.