Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Base commander Col. Stephan Clark, left, Col. James Slife, center, and Col. James Cardoso stand at attention during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife assumed command of the 27th Special Operations Group from Cardoso, who will become the vice commander serving under Clark. By […]

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 […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

CNJ staff A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. […]

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special Operations […]

First aircraft of new squadron arrives at Cannon

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez A PC-12 Pilatus parked on Cannon’s flightline Tuesday is the first of a planned 10 of the aircraft to be assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron over the next four years. CNJ staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon Air Force Base reached another milestone […]

Time capsule sealed away

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mayor David Lansford locks the time capsule Friday while 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Timothy Leahy looks on. The capsule, entombed at Clovis-Carver Public Library, will be opened in 2057, City officials said. By Liliana Castillo The Clovis Centennial Committee placed a time capsule in a vault in the Clovis-Carver […]

Anniversary group sealing time capsule

CNJ staff CNJ staffMembers of the City of Clovis 100th anniversary committee will seal a time capsule at 2 p.m. Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The time capsule will stay closed for 50 years. Mayor David Lansford, 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Timothy Leahy and Raymond Mondragon, chairman of the 100th anniversary committee, […]

AFSOC displays aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tech Seargent Aaron Brown explained how the CV-22 Osprey operates to James Carter of Clovis at the Cannon Air Force Base static display on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Capt. Mike Holding stood before an aircraft that looked as if it came out of a science fiction movie. […]

Thanks to past as we welcome a new mission

By Freedom New Mexico For a few moments near dusk on Sunday night, Mother Nature signed off on the old and new missions of Cannon Air Force Base. Just above the eastern horizon, the soft orange glow of a jagged, nearly full rising moon shimmered above a semi-circle of C-130s that surrounded two F-16 jets […]

Flag ceremony ushers in Special Ops

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Scott West prepares to receive his last salute as commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at the change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old […]