Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the [...]

Cannon welcomes new aircraft

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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 [...]

My turn: Events connect community, Cannon Air Force Base

I had a good time watching my nephew jump around on the various bounce houses on the Cannon Air Force Base flight line Saturday during the base’s open house event. No matter what age someone is, I think they always get a kick out of exploring the insides of airplanes. The event was also a [...]

Cannon hosts open house

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Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s airpower. Civilians mingled with airmen, learned about and toured various aircraft and watched youngsters enjoy their few minutes as pilot of a static aircraft. A Cannon spokesman said [...]

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 [...]

Cannon set for open house

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Benna Sayyed Cannon Air Force Base will open its doors to the public this Saturday to give residents a look at what a highly trained specialized military force does. The open house will showcase Cannon’s 27th Special Operations Wing airpower capabilities and demonstrate the relationship that Cannon has with the community. “The open house is [...]

Arizona air base on lockdown (updated)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force base near Tucson was locked down Friday afternoon amid reports of someone with a weapon, but base officials said no shots were fired. Traffic into and out of the base was being limited because of an unspecified security situation, but no one was shot or hurt, according to [...]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every [...]

Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base [...]

Their view: Being mother well worth sleep lost

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force who writes a weekly column for Cannon Connections, our base newspaper. This is her latest effort: