Cannon’s finest take awards at 27 FW Annual Awards Ceremony

2nd Lt. George Tobias “2006 was a monumental year for the men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing,” Capt. Rebecca Garcia, 27th FW Public Affairs chief told the audience at the 2007 Annual Awards Banquet. The ceremony, held at The Landing, paid tribute to men and women, both Airmen and civilians, for outstanding leadership […]

523 FS begins to move out

Airman 1st Class Harlyn Johnson sands off the “CC” tail marking from a 523rd Fighter Squadron jet. Some jets have already left and others will soon be departing, but the 27th Fighter Wing will remain mission ready. Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s 523rd Fighter Squadron jets are making history by being the first jets to leave Cannon […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Welcome home AEF 3/4

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Staff St. Sean Mulcahy, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, embraces his daughter, Sabrina after returning home from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment has been gone since September. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Nearly 300 Cannon Airmen returned home Thursday to hugs, handshakes and thank-yous after completing a four-month deployment to Balad […]

Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base […]

Cannon F-16 crash history

CNJ Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon has lost eight F-16s in crashes since 1997, according to newspaper archives. Nov. 27, 2006 — An F-16 assigned to the base’s 524th Fighter Squadron crashed in Iraq while supporting coalition ground combat operations. The fate of the pilot is unknown. However, the pilot was not from […]

Tours give outsiders insight to operations

Capt. Kathryn Gaetke, 523 Fighter Squadron pilot, gave the Girls Town USA base tour a second chance to visit the flight simulators and try their skills at the controls. The tour gave the girls a glimpse of Cannon’s mission. Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Some children take field trips to fire and police stations with […]

Historians keep finger on historical pulse

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore, 27th Fighter Wing Historian Office, views microfilm of past 27th Fighter Wing events. Cannon historians track two sets of history: Cannon Air Force Base and the history of the 27th Fighter Wing. Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people might not think much goes on in a military history office. After all, they are […]

Fighter wing has history with Cannon

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleTech Sgt. James Elmore hopes he will remain at Cannon Air Force Base after the 27th Fighter Wing is decommissioned. Elmore is the wing’s historian. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty […]

27th Fighter Wing – from Korea to Iraq, its history continues

A 27th Fighter Wing F-16 takes off from Cannon at night earlier this year. After four wars and 50 years of almost continuous service, the 27th FW contiues to live up to one of its unofficial slogans: “World’s Most Lethal Warfighting Team.” 27th Fighter Wing historical office (Editor’s note: This is the second of a […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

Greg Allen 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, a small town in itself. But it’s named after two very large men who helped change conditions for black servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was born July 1, 1877 […]

‘Doing great’

1st Lt. James Nichols 12th AF commander addresses 27th FW status, BRAC concerns “The 27th Fighter Wing is doing great and they’re not finished. I want to make sure that I reassure everyone that until it’s over, it’s not over,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander during his visit Wednesday. Gen. Schmidt […]

Allen McGuire

Allen McGuire Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1918 Dates of service: September 1942 to March 1973 Hometown: Clarksville City, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: European: Duxford, England Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and specialty: 78th fighter group; fighter pilot Veterans organizations: Daedalions In his words: Growing up as […]

W.Y. Mitchell, M.C. Kelly

Sharna Johnson “We are going to take this crossing even if it takes a truck to haul the dog tags back.” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. W.Y. Mitchell Date […]

World War II fighter ace to attend AF Ball

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Maj. Ralph H. Wandrey graduated from Army Air Corps flying school in August 1942. He received tactical training in P-38 (Lightnings) and was sent to the South Pacific on Dec. 25, 1942, where he served with the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Group, Fifth Air Force for over 20 months. During his […]