Cannon youth honored as AFSOC Youth of the Year

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Sydney Nagel, daughter of Master Sgt. Steven Nagel, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was recently recognized as the 2010 Air Force Small Command Youth of the Year (YoY). She was one of 11 U.S. Air Force youths honored during a YoY forum Aug. 1 […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education column: Secondary schools undergo improvements

Further to recent reports, our secondary school sites have also been undergoing improvements during the summer months, thanks to the efforts of our operations department. Anyone driving by Marshall Middle School will have noticed not only a great deal of construction on the north end of the campus, but a whole new building going up. […]

Running tribute

Courtesy photo: Henry Serrano About 60 Air Commandos participated in the run July 15 in honor of Maj. Gen. John Allison, who is considered the father of Air Force Special Operations. Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base non-commissioned officers ran a 5k in their uniforms July 15 in honor of […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

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 […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark 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, […]

Education column: Operations department installing shaded areas on schools

We have been reporting on the Clovis Municipals Schools’ Operations Department and the range of activities with which they’re involved during the summer months. In addition to the waxing and stripping of floors, shampooing of carpets, and extensive grounds maintenance, summer is also the time for construction, repairs, additions, remodeling and execution of the many […]

Cannon airman to compete at 2011 Air Force Marathon

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Swislocki, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, finishes a 5K fun run with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds as the sun rises on April 28 at Cannon Air Force Base. Since he has been stationed at Cannon, Swislocki has won nine 5K […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

27 SOAMXS dominates Cannon Sports Day

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, winners of Cannon Air Force Base Sports Day, gather around their first place trophy. Squadrons competed in various events for Sports Day. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing Sports Day, an annual event sponsored by […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

Former Cannon leaders promoted

Cannon Connections staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. He is currently the commander of the […]

Former Cannon officers promoted, reassigned

CNJ staff Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special Operations […]

Cannon celebrates Earth Day, Arbor Day

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom From left, Alexandria and Madeline Rayo and Zaria Lewis listen to a story at the Clovis-Carver Public Library on April 28. In support of Earth Day, Cannon Air Force Base airmen taught community children about taking care of the Earth through stories and planting seedlings. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: […]

27 SOW Sports Day set

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing Sports Day on May 27 is an opportunity for Cannon airmen and their families to represent their squadrons in various sporting events such as softball, golf, bowling, volleyball, basketball and many others. “It is a base morale, welfare, and recreation […]

Earth Day, Arbor Day activities scheduled

By 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron’s Natural Resources Management Flight The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron’s Natural Resources Management Flight has sponsored an annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration since 1992 and earned Tree City USA status since 1998. The celebration is held each April with events to promote awareness that involve the base […]

Press release: Prescribed burn by Cannon at Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 – May 3. These scheduled fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. If weather conditions are not […]

Next Cannon open house set for September

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command […]

Former Cannon commander nominated for first star

Cannon Connections staff Former Cannon Commander Col. Timothy Leahy has been nominated for his first star, according to the Department of Defense. Leahy is currently serving as knowledge and futures director at the headquarters of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Leahy is nominated for the rank of brigadier general.