Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Airmen share experiences with students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Capt. Nathan Scott of the 73rd Special Operation Squadron said one of the scariest operations he’s experienced was flying over Afghanistan as insurgent forces shot at his plane. He said flying the bodies of fallen soldiers was one of the most sobering experiences of his career. “It means a […]

Clovis schools preparing for arrival of new students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting an influx of about 300 military dependents between October and June, according to 27th Special Operations wing Mission Support Group Commander Col. Babette Lenfant. Lenfant told Clovis school board members Tuesday the dependents would be coming with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron personnel […]

Squadron coming to Cannon

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Courtesy photo A military spending bill signed by President Bush this month includes six CV-22 aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base. The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt field is slated to fly the aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday […]

Cannon notes strides in first year of Special Ops

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Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy said he expects the aircraft fleet at Cannon Air Force Base to grow to 100 in the next five years. The 27th Special Operations Wing took over command of Cannon from the 27th Fighter Wing in Oct. 2007. By Gabriel Monte: […]

Texas firm awarded contract for Cannon flight simulator

CNJ staff report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Military branches combine for Joint Lightning

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roy Priest of GATR Technologies talks about an inflatable satellite prototype. The satellite would replace a traditional saucer satellite dish used to transmit and receive signals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future […]

Cannon conducting joint exercise

Cannon Air Force Base is conducting a joint exercise with Marine Corps and Army units July 17, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. Called Exercise Joint Lightning, the training exercise is focused on communication procedures between special operations forces in other branches of the service, according to 27th Special Operations Wing […]

AFSOC training unit at Cannon

AFSOC confirms move

CNJ staff 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 Las Vegas, Nev. The squadron flies MQ-1 Predators, which are unmanned aerial vehicles. The move will bring an additional 84 officers and 155 […]

Senate approves funding for Cannon

CNJ staff A supplemental spending package that would help to purchase 30 special operations aircraft and fund a construction project at Cannon Air Force Base cleared another hurdle, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that includes the Air Force’s request for $8 million to construct […]

Air Force authorizes AFSOC move

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Clovis hires administrator

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools hired Grady schools Superintendent Joel Shirley as deputy superintendent of operations, according to a press release from Clovis schools. The hire will take effect at the end of the school year. Shirley will be in charge of maintenance and operations, building and grounds, personnel and cafeterias, according to Clovis Schools […]

Commander: Special ops combat flying missions to begin in June

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Courtesy photo The AC-130 aircraft is expected to arrive at Cannon Air Force Base next summer, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Tim Leahy. He said support staff for the aircraft will start arriving in the fall. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions […]

Airmen’s food drive will feed hundreds

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USAF courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Airman 1st Class John Encomienda and Airman Natalie Mcleod, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, stand next to two of the 12 Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) food drive boxes they built. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico A recent trial community service project at Cannon Air […]

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.

Building plans put on hold

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city might have to wait until the next legislative session before it receives funding to start any work on a $5.2 million emergency operations facility. City Manager Joe Thomas told members of the 400 Mitchell Street Task Force that the $350,000 capital outlay request approved in the legislative […]

Fish farm officials ready to dive in

Gabriel Monte The state has approved the permits needed to operate a proposed fish farm in south Clovis, according to Mike Sloane of the New Mexico Game and Fish Chief of Fisheries. AquaRanch president Garth Watson said Thursday that work to continue the conversion of the former Frozfruit plant off Brady Street into a $4 […]

AFSOC freefall jump planned for Melrose Bombing Range

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–Members the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron from Standiford Field, Ky., will be the first Air Force Special Operations Command unit to conduct a military freefall jump at Melrose Range on February 19. Airmen from the 123 STS will parachute into Melrose range from a MC-130W Combat Spear assigned to the 73rd […]