Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Todd Miller, 27th Special Operation Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, left, and Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron commander, unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron […]

Two airmen killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff The Department of Defense announced Friday the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The airmen died May 26 in the Shorabak district of the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Hamski, 28, of Ottumwa, […]

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

Green Hornets return

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Col. Matt Smith addresses the crowd after assuming command of the 20th Special Operations Squadron Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the CV-22 Osprey. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The 54-year history of the Hornets, officially known as the 20th Special Operations Squadron, entered […]

Cannon marathon raises about $1,500

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico How does a 13.1-mile run at 7:30 a.m. sound to start your Saturday? More than 50 people ran the first 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Wizards Half Marathon at Cannon Air Force Base Saturday morning, with support from about 45 volunteers. The event raised a take-home total of $1,500 […]

Reaper squadron activates at Cannon

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini addresses the 33rd Special Operations Squadron, activated Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron operates the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned support aircraft. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s time, Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini said, for America’s enemies to fear the Reaper. At 1:33 p.m. Friday […]

UAV squadron activating at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico The 33rd Special Operations Squadron will be activated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the MQ-9 Reapers Unmanned Aerial System, which is a medium altitude, multi-sensor platform that can locate, identify and destroy enemy positions. Lt. Col. Michael Bruzzini will command […]

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 […]

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 […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

AFSOC officials proposing new squadron at Cannon

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Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to the 11th Intelligence […]

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 […]

Air Force authorizes AFSOC move

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 […]

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 […]

Trial of Cannon airman to start

The murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the Cannon courthouse January 28. Airman Novak, 712th Maintenance Squadron Provisional, previously the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

Air Force answers questions on base transition details

Air Force Special Operations Command spokeswoman Lt. Amy Cooper and 73rd Special Operations Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Tom Markland answered some questions last week about how Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is going. Q: How many MC-130Ws are currently at Cannon? A: There are four MC-130Ws […]

One last landing

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Col. Valentino Bagnani, left, and Col. Tod Fingal furl the 522nd Fighter Squadron’s colors after the squadron’s final flight over Cannon Air Force Base Friday. By Tonya Fennell A single jet made two sweeping passes Friday afternoon over Cannon Air Force Base. As the F-16 roared overhead, spectators craned their […]

Airmen get homecoming

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Krystal Ramos of Clovis greets her husband, Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramos, Saturday afternoon at Cannon Air Force base following his return from a four-month deployment to Guam. Daughter Jazlynn, 10 months, looks on. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows […]

Cannon timeline

Late 1920s — Portair Field, a civilian passenger facility, was established on the site. Portair, a terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights, flew passengers in the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” by day, and used Pullman trains for night travel. In the 1930s Portair was renamed Clovis Municipal Airport. January 1943 — A glider detachment was […]