AFSOC assumes command

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Photo by Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Col. Scott West relinquished command of Cannon Air Force Base Monday as Air Force Special Operations assumed command. By Tonya Fennell and Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than one hundred airmen stood at attention Monday to witness the change of command at Cannon Air […]

Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

Flags change hands

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections 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 Force […]

Osprey features best of both worlds

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections 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 in […]

Leahy: Honor to be named commander

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? A: No, my father […]

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? […]

Special Operations Wing takes charge

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By Gabriel Monte and Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than one hundred airmen stood at attention Monday to witness the change of command at Cannon Air Force Base as Air Force Special Operations Command assumed ownership of the base. During the short ceremony, Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing […]

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 […]

New neighbors up north

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The final step in a nerve-racking 2 1/2 year effort to keep Cannon Air Force Base from extinction will take place Monday when the base transitions from a fighter wing to a special operations wing. The Special Operations Command wing puts Cannon in the vanguard of the war on terrorism and will make it larger, […]

Special Operations: MC-130W Combat Spear, AC-130 Gunship

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MC-130W Combat Spear The MC-130W Combat Spear flies in “direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and USSOCOM contingencies,” according to the Armed Forces Special Operations Web site. The aircraft participates in “infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of U.S and allied special operations forces,” according the the AFSOC Web site. Flying primarily at night […]

Special Operations: CV-22 Osprey, MQ-1 Predator

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MQ-1 Predator In operation since 1995, the Predator has been used in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq and Yemen. While the Predator will remain in the desert, the unmanned aerial vehicle’s crew is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base in June according to Col. J.D. Clem, director of plans and programs for the 3rd […]

End of an era

Courtesy Photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. Cannon Connections Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Monday at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th […]

Air Force officials prepare for change of command at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. […]

Wing to assume new name

Staff and wire reports 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 […]

Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

AFSOC officials answer questions

By AFSOC Public Affairs Q. What units will move, and when? A. The first unit to move to Cannon Air Force Base will be the 73rd Special Operations Squadron, a unit of newly acquired MC-130W Combat Spears currently located at Hurlburt Field. The four MC-130W currently assigned to the 73rd SOS will move to Cannon […]

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 […]

Ortega tapped for bank board

Freedom Newspapers Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Western Bank of Clovis and Portales, according to a Western Bank news release “I am very excited to be a part of Western Bank, an institution that cares about the success of its customers,” said Ortega, who also serves […]