27th Fighter Wing – from Korea to Iraq, its history continues

A 27th Fighter Wing F-16 takes off from Cannon at night earlier this year. After four wars and 50 years of almost continuous service, the 27th FW contiues to live up to one of its unofficial slogans: “World’s Most Lethal Warfighting Team.” 27th Fighter Wing historical office (Editor’s note: This is the second of a […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

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 […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

Greg Allen 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, a small town in itself. But it’s named after two very large men who helped change conditions for black servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was born July 1, 1877 […]

‘Doing great’

1st Lt. James Nichols 12th AF commander addresses 27th FW status, BRAC concerns “The 27th Fighter Wing is doing great and they’re not finished. I want to make sure that I reassure everyone that until it’s over, it’s not over,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander during his visit Wednesday. Gen. Schmidt […]

Sept. 21 Veterans’ Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers M.C. Kelly Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1918 Dates of service: 1942-1969 served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam Hometown: Bellville, Kansas Theater and location of service: Europe, based out of England Branch: Army Air Force Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and Specialty: Fighter pilot, 376 Squadron in the 361st […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]

World War II Fighter Ace to attend AF Ball

27th Fighter Wing Historian Robert J. Goebel, the youngest of seven children, was born in Racine, Wis., in 1923. He entered the service as an Aviation Cadet at age 19 in 1942 and began his military career at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. After completing pre-flight training, he was sent to the Primary Flight […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closing lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

Cannon called ideal for Joint Striker Fighter jet

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC Commissioner […]

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 dedicates memorial

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the Bataan Death March stood at the Cannon Air Force Base POW/MIA Park on Friday. The men, their faces weathered, some sporting caps and cowboy hats, dug into the Earth, breaking ground for a new granite […]

N.M. skies host Navy planes

By 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin: Mch Meter CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 275 Navy personnel, along with 10 F-18s and three E-2 radar planes will begin arriving at the 27th Fighter Wing on Saturday for a joint military exercise called Roving Sands. The exercise will run from March 21 to April 1. Cannon […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]

Plane retirements shouldn’t affect Cannon

By Mike Linn Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office said Thursday. Representatives from the offices of two other U.S. congressmen agreed talks […]

Air show set for Saturday

By David Irvin Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then it will get noisy. Four F-16s from the 524th fighter wing will scream low over the airfield, simulating an airfield assault. “The airfield attack is just […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Darrell Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America went to war. Day after day in late 2002 and early 2003, television screens and newspaper front pages were filled with scenes of spouses, parents, and sometimes children waving goodbye to departing service members. More often than not, those […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]