Legendary 27th Fighter Wing Receives New Leadership

Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing Monday. Colonel West is the former vice commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and is a command pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing from Col. John […]

Cannon ceremony marks changing of command

By Andy Jackson Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. They were there to witness Col. John D. Posner relay command of the base to Col. Scott D. West. Posner told the crowd that serving as the base’s commander has been the […]

Becoming An Honorary Fireball

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Andrew Alley, son of 522nd Fighter Squadron pilot Maj. Matthew Alley, receives a flight suit from 1st Lt. Ryan Wartman in the beginning of his “Pilot for a Day” tour. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Amid wiggles and giggles, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed its newest, and youngest, “pilot” Friday Feb. 24. Andrew Alley, 6-year-old son of […]

Cannon’s Col. Posner transferring to Pentagon in March

By Andy Jackson After almost two years commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. John Posner is leaving March 6 for the Pentagon, officials said this week. Posner has been commanding the base since April 2004, according to Lt. James Nichols of Cannon Public Affairs. Col. Scott West of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany will take […]

City remembers fallen

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By Kevin Wilson Memorial Day represented the sacrifices of millions for some, and the connection to friends and family for others. Those views were shared Monday during Portales’ annual Memorial Day program, held at the city cemetery. The ceremony was attended by about 30 people, though many were also in the cemetery placing flags by […]

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 […]

Air Expo draws crowd to Cannon

By David Irvin Chilly temperatures and intermittent rain showers at Saturday’s 2004 Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base sent spectators scurrying for cover under the wings of multimillion dollar jet fighters and seeking warmth in the cargo hold of a C-17. But the clouds and rain did not stop the aerial demonstrations or the […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]