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 […]

Air Force authorizes AFSOC move

Domenici responds to GAO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today asserted that a new Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report affirms that the Air Force used the correct analysis and made the right decision to locate an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) mission at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico           The GAO-initiated report, […]

AFSOC response to GAO report

Statement released Wednesday by Air Force Special Operations Command regarding the Jan. 18 Government Accountability Office report on Cannon Air Force Base: Air Force Special Operations Command worked closely with the General Accounting Office, throughout the audit process, to provide information regarding the transfer of people and equipment to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The […]

Q&A: Commander impressed by local hospitality

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

AFSOC aircraft, part two

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil AC-130 Gunship The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. AC-130 Gunship With primary missions of close air support, air interdiction and force protection, the AC-130 Gunship features “side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, […]

AFSOC leader coming to base

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. “After coordinating […]

Bill could jump-start Cannon construction

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A funding bill before the U.S. Congress could help Air Force Special Operations Command begin construction at Cannon Air Force Base earlier than planned if it meets with final approval, according to AFSOC officials. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Thursday that included more than $10 million in funds […]

AFSOC: Cannon changes hinge on construction

CNJ Staff Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs issued the following press release regarding frequently asked questions regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing. AFSOC is scheduled to take control of the base Oct. 1. Q: What units will move, and when? A: The first unit […]

Air Force press release: New mission approved

Release #07-015 August 21, 2007   AFSOC TO STAND UP WING AT CANNON AFB OCT. 1   HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command got a green light to press forward with its plans to stand up a special operations wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.   Mr. William C. Anderson, assistant […]

Cannon impact study getting final review

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wait to find out the future of Cannon Air Force Base is about over. The Secretary of the Air Force is expected to review proposed changes at Cannon this week as part of the base’s switch to Air Force Special Operations Command. Today marks the end of a […]

Sens. Bingaman, Domenici push for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

AFSOC considering overseas transfer

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Cannon funding frustrates Domenici

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates told U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Wednesday he supports establishing a special operations mission at Cannon Air Force Base and has asked Secretary of the Air Force Mike Wynne to follow up on infrastructure funding, according to information from Domenici’s office. Domenici expressed frustration with the Defense […]

Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

Fort Sumner greets AFSOC

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for a proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use of […]

Local officials ready to assist Air Force Special Ops, adapt to changes

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Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, speaks Tuesday in the public comment portion of the Air Force public hearing. The meeting was held at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants […]

Impact study based on three proposals

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Cannon Air Force Base Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

Special Operations team arriving to Cannon Sunday

CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations Command team will arrive Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base to gather information for the imminent transfer of Cannon ownership to AFSOC, according to an AFSOC spokesperson. “Everybody on the team is a subject matter expert who will look at the issues and challenges regarding the base transfer,” […]