Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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Benna Sayyed The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base held an acceptance ceremony Thursday to welcome the arrival of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s premiere MC-130J Combat Shadow II. The MC-130J is the latest variant of the C-130J Super Hercules four-engine turboprop aircraft. It is taking the place of the Special […]

Cannon receiving first MC-130J

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Comman. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Base construction under way

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Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under way at Cannon Air Force Base in 2010 and 2011 with some of them approaching their finish in the next one to 12 months and some just beginning. “The main purpose is to provide support facilities for the C-130 aircraft,” said AFSOC Chief of Programs Flight Steven […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved […]

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command personnel, units and static aircraft […]

Cannon aircraft deployed to assist in Haiti operations

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday […]

Press Release: Cannon supporting operations in Haiti

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The 27th Special Operations Wing is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron to deploy today in support of humanitarian operations in Haiti. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher. Officials at Cannon confirmed they died April 23 in a one-car rollover on Interstate 40 just […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico It’s 25 miles from Cannon Air Force Base, but the Melrose Air Force Range is never out of sight or out of mind for the future of the base and Air Force Special Operations Command. “It’s not just a bombing range,” said Lt. Col. Paul Caltagirone, deputy group commander […]

Hurlburt squadron being reassigned to Cannon

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Freedom New Mexico A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday will be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in the future, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release. The 20th Special Operations Squadron will fly CV-22 aircraft at Cannon. A military spending bill signed by President […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Cannon’s airfield lately being utilized by other nearby bases

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is lending its airfield to aircraft from nearby air bases to practice maneuvers while the base continues its transition to a special operations base, according to base officials. A C-17 cargo plane circled around the air base Wednesday while practicing holding patterns and touch-and-go maneuvers. […]

Boeing drops UAV classes in Clovis

Gabe Monte A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program in Clovis was not […]

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted by […]

UAVs give military constant presence over battlefield

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor They’ve been called the U.S. military’s “unblinking eye,” and the ability to provide a near constant presence overhead is the attraction of unmanned aerial vehicles. High-tech military systems such as the MQ-1 Predator, which the Air Force eventually plans to bring to Cannon Air Force Base, have changed the […]

New AFSOC commander visits Cannon

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Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor This week Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base since taking command in November. He talked with Freedom New Mexico Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that […]

Cannon reports F-16 malfunction

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m., according to a news release. The pilot was able to save the $35 million aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Cannon, Holloman may receive new aircraft

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By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means potential changes for the state’s three bases. The document, released Wednesday, offers hints about what aircraft might be based at the reconfigured […]