Actions earn airman Air Force Cross

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Courtesy photo: Devon Ravine Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic. Jones saved Gutierrez’ life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan. The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas […]

AFSOC commander retires after 42 years

By Capt. Kristen D. Duncan and Ashley M. Wright

AFSOC: Use Spice, may lose career

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs The Air Force began drug testing airmen on Feb. 22 to determine whether they are using Spice — the street term for a range of designer synthetic-cannabinoid products. The Hurlburt Field and Cannon Air Force Base Drug Demand Reduction offices are in full compliance with the Air Force […]

MC-130J rollout accelerates AFSOC recapitalization

USAF: Master Sgt. Scott MacKay The MC-130J Combat Shadow II, Air Force Special Operations Command’s newest aircraft, sits on the tarmac after its unveiling March 29 at Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga. By Rachel Arroyo: Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs MARIETTA, Ga. — Air Force Special Operations Command officials welcomed the latest variant […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

AFSOC airmen save Haitian earthquake victim

USAF photo: Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV An airman from the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., helps put ear plugs in the ears of an infant before boarding an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft flying out of the Troussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 15. U.S. citizens living […]

Network migration under way at Cannon

By Air Force Special Operations Command The latest transformation for 27th Special Operations Wing will be the migration of its network services from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command. The migration began October 19 and once it is completed on October 31, users of the Cannon unclassified network will share the same […]

3rd SOS wins AFSOC Squadron of Year

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Luciano Vazquez Air Force Special Operations Command commander Lt. Gen Donald C. Wurster, right, presents the 2008 AFSOC Squadron of the Year trophy to Lt. Col. Bob W. Brock, 3rd Special Operations Squadron commander, during the AFSOC commander’s visit to Cannon. By Capt. Mae-Li Allison: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 3rd […]

AFSOC officials propose new squadron

Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Connections staff 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 […]

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

Honor Guard wins AFSOC awards

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Two airmen from Cannon’s Honor Guard showed that hard work and dedication pays off by being named the winners of two categories from Air Force Special Operations Command. Tech Sgt. Rodney Barner, 27th Special Operations Services Squadron, and Senior Airman Geoff Leal, 27th […]

AFSOC announces 2008 services award winners

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command has announced the winners of the 2008 Services Awards, which recognize individuals and teams for excellence and ingenuity in their field. The following AFSOC winners will be submitted for competition at the Air Force level: Arts and Crafts Program of the Year — Hurlburt Field Arts […]

Visiting Gen. Wurster talks Cannon; AFSOC

CNJ file photo Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster visited Cannon the last week of January and addressed questions about the new mission. by Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe CANNON AIR FORCE BASE  —Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster’s visit here Jan. 28-30 marked his first as the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.  General Wurster, […]

AFSOC commander responds to questions

Karl Terry, Cannon Connections Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, recently appointed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., paid his first official visit to Cannon Air Force Base this week since taking command. He talked with Freedom New Mexico on Wednesday in his first press interview since assuming that command. Q. Give […]

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, […]

End of an era

Courtesy Photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. Cannon Connections Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Monday at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th […]