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 […]

Base begins transition to new mission

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A little more than two years after nearly being shuttered, Cannon Air Force Base is now home to the 27th Special Operations Wing. Known as the Air Commandos, the special ops wing assumed ownership of the base in October. Col. Timothy Leahy, a 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native, who previously […]

Cannon ALS graduates recognizes

Cannon Air Force Base Airman Leadership School Class 2008-B graduates: John L. Levitow Award Winner Senior Airman Lana McCurdy, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron Distinguished Graduate Staff Sgt. Jonathan Agebeyegbe, 712th Maintenance Squadron (Provisional) Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman Zachary Silvis, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Academic Achievement Award Winner, Distinguished Graduate Senior Airman […]

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 […]

Cannon’s basketball team claims first victory

By Cannon’s Lethal Hoops basketball team CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The “Lethal Hoops,” Cannon’s basketball team bounced to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to play their first two real games after a month and a half of practicing. “It was time for us to stop beating up on each other,” said Nate Stephens, 27th […]

Fireballs celebrate history during final dining out

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs By Airman Elliott Sprehe 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The era of the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon’s former host unit, got one step closer to its end Saturday night at the Landing during the 522nd Fighter Squadron’s dining out. […]

Fighter squadron prepares for inactivation

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —History was made for the former 27th Fighter Wing as the 522nd Fighter Squadron, or Fireballs, and their Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned from their deployment to Andersen Air Force Baese, Guam. The four-month deployment was the last for the Fireballs as they […]

Airmen return home

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks Cannon children made signs to welcome back their family members. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of […]

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 […]

Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

Leahy: Honor to be named commander

Col. Tim Leahy assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. The 44-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native is married with two children. He previously served as vice-commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Q: Were you raised in a military family? A: No, my father […]

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 […]

Hounds inactivated

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 66 years of history were put on hold as the 524th Fighter Squadron, ‘Hounds of Heaven,’ inactivated here during a ceremony at The Landing on Aug. 30. At exactly 5:24 p.m., Capt. Jason Bell, the 524 FS flight commander, […]

Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

Predator supports special ops forces

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Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is a system composed of four aircraft, a ground control station, a satellite link and personnel. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it […]

Special ops transition finalized

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]

Final farewell

The Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department sprays an arc of water over the two jets that participated in the final flight of the 524th FIghter Sqaudron. The squadron will become inactive on Aug. 30. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections With practiced ease, Maj. Jason Cockrum unfolded his lanky form from his F-16 Aug. 10 […]

Cannon airmen participate in joint exercise

By Scott D. Hallford: 18th Wing Public Affairs KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — Kadena-based units departed Okinawa Aug. 5 on their way to Guam to join fellow airmen and sister services in the joint Exercise Valiant Shield which ran through Aug. 14. Approximately 400 Cannon Air Force Base airmen, who are currently stationed at Andersen […]

Sky-high goodbye

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The final flight for the 524th Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base is marked Friday by a “rainbow salute” from the base’s fire department. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron […]

Honoring the fallen

Cannon Connections photo by Tony Bullocks The large stained glass window, which dates back to the Tactical Air Command era, was moved to the Cannon Air Force Base Chapel from the 524th Fighter Squadron’s Heritage Room. The squadron will inactivate Aug. 30. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dozens of airmen associated with the 524th Fighter […]