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 […]