Cannon losing civilian jobs

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base is slated to lose 49 positions and Holloman Air Force Base will lose 57 jobs after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 civilian positions nationwide. Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, said 18 of the 49 eliminated positions at Cannon are vacant. […]

Needle work tips featured on show

Information on sculpting dolls and wing needle hemstitching will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 11th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 13th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Author and doll maker, Terese Cato has been making sculpted dolls for years. She will show how to paint the […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, nearly two years after the […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Controlled burns scheduled

The U.S. Air Force 27th Special Operations Wing has scheduled a prescribed burn at Melrose Bombing Range to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help decrease the risk of wildfires, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. The burn is set for Thursday if weather conditions permit. If weather conditions aren’t favorable […]

Ham radio operators gather for mock emergency

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock emergency Saturday and Sunday at Clovis Community College. The weekend event is called the Amateur Radio Relay League. For recently retired Master Sgt. Jeff Hardy from […]

Military feature: Housing implements ID checks

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is taking security for the 300 families that live in Chavez West housing up a level. The base housing community is on its way to being a gated community. As of June 1, security forces have been conducting 100 percent identification checks at the entrance. […]

Tucumcari air show planned

Freedom New Mexico The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport on Wednesday with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The Snowbirds fly nine jets at the same time and perform numerous […]

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special Operations […]

Wing commander promotes volunteerism

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By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Volunteer Week last week, Col. Timothy Leahy, the 27th Special Operations Wing commander, offered his thoughts about the importance of volunteerism in response to a series of questions from Freedom New Mexico feature writer Janet Bresenham. Q. How do you feel about volunteerism?

Cannon clinic closes for training day

The Cannon Air Force Base clinic will be closed April 10 for a wing training day. Questions regarding the clinic closure can be directed to the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4131.

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 […]

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 […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force Base this morning. He will also answer questions posted below in the comments section. • • • The 27th Fighter Wing passed into history and the 27th Special Operations Wing was born today at Cannon […]

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, […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]