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 […]

Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon […]

Predator crews will call Cannon home

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Pilots at Cannon Air Force Base eventually may fly missions in faraway lands without ever leaving eastern New Mexico. The main tool that will allow them to do so is the MQ-1 Predator, an unmanned drone that provides interdiction and reconnaissance against enemy targets as its primary mission. Several […]

Air Force representatives talk transition

Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Lt. Amy Cooper and 73rd Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Tom Markland answered some questions last week about how Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is going. Q: How many MC-130Ws are currently at Cannon? A: There are four MC-130Ws […]

One last landing

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By Tonya Fennell A single jet made two sweeping passes Friday afternoon over Cannon Air Force Base. As the F-16 roared overhead, spectators craned their necks to witness the final F-16 flight at the base. The aerial display marked the end of an era for the 522nd Fighter Squadron, also known as the Fireballs, as […]

October 21, 1988

• An F-111 D Fighter jet from the 524th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, crashed approximately two miles north from the Roosevelt/Curry line and one and one-half miles west of the CAFB road. The crew ejected from the jet safely and were taken to the base for treatment. • ”Clean and Sober” […]

Cannon welcomes returning troops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of families and friends of deployed airmen waited for their loved ones in the 522nd fighter squadron […]

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? […]

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 Command plans squadron’s move

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers 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 it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the globe as […]