Cannon airmen participate in joint exercise

By Scott D. Hallford: 18th Wing Public Affairs KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — Kadena-based units departed Okinawa Aug. 5 on their way to Guam to join fellow airmen and sister services in the joint Exercise Valiant Shield which ran through Aug. 14. Approximately 400 Cannon Air Force Base airmen, who are currently stationed at Andersen […]

Sky-high goodbye

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron flew overhead in a final hurrah at Cannon Air Force Base. Two planes from the 524th, known as the “Hounds of Heaven,” touched down moments later to signal the end […]

Honoring the fallen

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks The large stained glass window, which dates back to the Tactical Air Command era, was moved to the Cannon Air Force Base Chapel from the 524th Fighter Squadron’s Heritage Room. The squadron will inactivate Aug. 30. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dozens of airmen associated with the 524th Fighter […]

Commander comments on year in command

Commentary by Lt. Gen. Norman Seip July seventh marks my one-year point as your commander, and in that time 12th Air Force has faced a number of challenges, including numerous short-notice deployments, high-visibility exercises- all during a period of force reductions. In the face of these difficulties, 12th Air Force and its subordinate units have […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Cannon airmen depart for pacific theater location

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A large group of airmen recently departed from Cannon Air Force Base en route to a Pacific location. According to Cannon Public Affairs spokesperson Lt. George Tobias, the deployment marks the final major deployment for a fighter squadron from the 27th Fighter Wing. The majority of the deploying group are […]

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 […]

Farewell flight

Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing Commander, prepares to present Lt. Col. Brad Kearney with a bottle By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base May 10. While fighter jets are a common sight above Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end […]

Planning team stresses state’s future

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission members said it’s critical to impress upon lawmakers the military’s importance to the future of the state. Randy Harris, Clovis businessman and committee vice chair, proposed during Tuesday’s quarterly meeting at Clovis Community College the committee sponsor a junket for key state legislators in […]

Cannon Crusaders take final flight

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base Thursday afternoon. While fighter jets are a common sight in Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end of the 27th Fighter Wing’s 523rd Fighter Squadron, known as the Crusaders. The squadron was the first […]

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. […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

In 1997, a commemorative stamp was dedicated to Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the first African-American general. Greg Allen Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis that is named after two very large men who helped change conditions for African-American servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis […]

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 […]

523 FS begins to move out

Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron jet. Some jets have already left and others will soon be departing, but the 27th Fighter Wing will remain mission ready. Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s 523rd Fighter Squadron jets are making history by being the first jets to leave Cannon […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Welcome home AEF 3/4

Staff St. Sean Mulcahy, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, embraces his daughter, Sabrina after returning home from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment has been gone since September. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Nearly 300 Cannon Airmen returned home Thursday to hugs, handshakes and thank-yous after completing a four-month deployment to Balad […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Tours give outsiders insight to operations

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Capt. Kathryn Gaetke, 523 Fighter Squadron pilot, gave the Girls Town USA base tour a second chance to visit the flight simulators and try their skills at the controls. The tour gave the girls a glimpse of Cannon’s mission. Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Some children take field trips to fire and police stations with […]

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 […]

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, […]