Thanks to past as we welcome a new mission

Editorial For a few moments near dusk on Sunday night, Mother Nature signed off on the old and new missions of Cannon Air Force Base. Just above the eastern horizon, the soft orange glow of a jagged, nearly full rising moon shimmered above a semi-circle of C-130s that surrounded two F-16 jets and the tilt-rotor […]

New aircraft specialize in stealth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Capt. Mike Holding stood before an aircraft that looked as if it came out of a science fiction movie. The aircraft has the best of both worlds, he explained, because it can hover like a helicopter but can fly twice as fast. “This is the neatest thing, nothing else […]

Leahy: Honor to be given command

Freedom New Mexico Staff Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a military family? […]

Cannon change of command official

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old 27th Fighter Wing colors for the new 27th Special Operations Wing flag. Performed by the 27th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, the flag ceremony signified the official change of command Monday at Cannon Air […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force Base this morning. He will also answer questions posted below in the comments section. • • • The 27th Fighter Wing passed into history and the 27th Special Operations Wing was born today at Cannon […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance […]