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 [...]

Commander selected for 16 SOS

PNT staff report The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on the Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in [...]

Green Hornets return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Green Hornets are back in the air. The 54-year history of the Hornets, officially known as the 20th Special Operations Squadron, entered its new phase in the Air Force on Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. In a brief ceremony, Lt. Col. Matt Smith assumed command of the [...]

Wizard Advisory Council hosts half marathon at Cannon

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer How does a 13.1-mile run at 7:30 a.m. sound to start your Saturday? More than 50 people ran the first 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Wizards Half Marathon at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday morning, with support from about 45 volunteers. The event raised a take-home total of [...]

Reaper squadron activates at Cannon

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s time, Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini said, for America’s enemies to fear the Reaper. At 1:33 p.m. Friday the 33rd Special Operations Squadron activated at Cannon Air Force Base under the command of Bruzzini in a ceremony at The Landing Zone. A key component of the squadron’s support mission [...]

Cannon squadron to be activated

Freedom New Mexico The 33rd Special Operations Squadron will be activated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the MQ-9 Reapers Unmanned Aerial System, which is a medium altitude, multi-sensor platform that can locate, identify and destroy enemy positions. Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini will command [...]

Hurlburt squadron being reassigned to Cannon

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Freedom New Mexico A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday will be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in the future, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release. The 20th Special Operations Squadron will fly CV-22 aircraft at Cannon. A military spending bill signed by President [...]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are [...]

AFSOC proposes creating intelligence squadron at Cannon

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to the 11th intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Air Force Base, according [...]

Air Force confirms Cannon to get Predator squadron

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force Special Operations Command confirmed Thursday the 3rd Special Operations Squadron will move to Cannon Air Force Base from its current home at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The squadron flies MQ-1 Predators, which are unmanned aerial vehicles. The move will bring an additional 84 officers and 155 enlisted [...]