Air Force authorizes AFSOC move

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base

By CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted […]

Udall requests aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has requested five CV-22 Ospreys and four MC-130J be designated for Air Force Special Operations Command in order to speed up Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operation’s wing. Udall requested the funding be included in a supplemental funding bill currently being drafted by the House […]

AFSOC leader lauds range space

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Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Cannon reports F-16 malfunction

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CNJ file photo Cannon’s last fighter squadron was inactivated in December as part of the base’s transition to a special operations wing. CNJ staff CNJ Staff An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately […]

Cannon F-16 emergency forces dropped fuel tanks on private property

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m. The quick-thinking pilot was able to save the 35-million dollar aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

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 […]

Air Force document hints at new Cannon aircraft

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Courtesy photo: www.af.mil An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle is armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile. The Predator’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance. The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means […]

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 […]

Military Year in Review: Base change boosts outlook

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CNJ file photo Lt. Michael W. Wooley, left, hands the 27th Special Operations Wing flag to Col. Timothy Leahy in October to symbolize the base’s change of command By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The 27th Special Operations Wing now calls Cannon Air Force Base home a little more than two years after nearly being […]

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. […]

Special Ops takes control of Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley, left, and Lt. Gen. Norman Seip stand at attention for the national anthem during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte and Tonya Fennell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than one hundred airmen stood at attention Monday […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey 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. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

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An 18-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman was charged with the attempted theft of a Piper Tri Pacer aircraft and was released from the Curry County Jail on a $1,000 bond. … The Clovis News-Journal reported that junior halfback Jimmy Reynolds scored eight touchdowns, leading the Clovis Wildcats to a 44-12 win over the Tucumcari […]

Special tactics squadron coming to Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott, a retired Air Force brigadier general, left, and Military Base Planning Commission Vice Chairman Randy Harris briefed the New Mexico Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter […]

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 […]

Pilot flying new plane when it crashed

By Thomas Garcia Jeffery Lane, 57, who died Aug. 15 in a plane crash near Mosquero, had only been in possession of his new airplane for six days. Lane, who was piloting the plane, and passenger Ryan Hartley, 34, of Roy died in the crash that is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. […]

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 […]

Base name weathers 50 years of change

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Courtesy photo Gen. John K. Cannon Today marks 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. Cannon served as commander of Tactical Air Command after a lengthy career that extended through World War II and up to his death in 1955. Gen. John K. […]

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 […]