Cannon’s new mission approved

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon [...]

Sky-high goodbye

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron flew overhead in a final hurrah at Cannon Air Force Base. Two planes from the 524th, known as the “Hounds of Heaven,” touched down moments later to signal the end [...]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday [...]

Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large [...]

Cannon Crusaders take final flight

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Like a well-choreographed dance, two F-16 jets soared side-by-side above Cannon Air Force Base Thursday afternoon. While fighter jets are a common sight in Clovis, this display of aerial artistry marked the end of the 27th Fighter Wing’s 523rd Fighter Squadron, known as the Crusaders. The squadron was the first [...]

Special Operations vital to foreign internal defense

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Jerome Klingaman was a young combat aviation advisor, thrown into the jungles of Laos, when he stumbled upon a major void in the U.S. military. The last 13 years of his life, he has spent crafting a remedy. Klingaman was part of a haphazard team of [...]

Air Force selects units likely to come to CAFB

Freedom Newspapers The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in the July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article Friday to [...]

Singapore fighter squadron deactivated

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: A story in Thursday’s paper incorrectly attributed information to Brig Gen. Voon Tse-Chow of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The information should have been attributed to Brig. Gen. Ng Chee Khern. Following is the story as it should have appeared on Thursday: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — [...]

Singapore squadron deactivated

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 428th Fighter Squadron, comprised of air force members from the Republic of Singapore and Cannon Air Force Base, was deactivated Wednesday after almost seven years of training at the air base. The squadron was comprised of 140 Republic of Singapore Air Force members [...]

Cannon says goodbye to squadron

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies with Cannon Air Force Base. That relationship is coming to an end next month. On July 6, the 428th Singaporean Fighter Squadron will be deactivated. “The decision to move was made by the Republic of [...]