Laughlin aircraft lands short of runway

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Two Air Force captains were taken to a local hospital for observation after they landed their T-1 Jayhawk in a field just short of the runway Wednesday night at Preston-Smith International Airport here last night, according to an Air Force press release. The two are assigned as T-1 instructor pilots with […]

Wing commander reports on Cannon’s transformation

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz New sliding exit doors arrived at the commisary this month for installation. The doors were just part of an overall upgrade made to the Cannon Air Force Base facility, which included new shelving and plumbing. By Col. Timothy Leahy The thunderous roar of fighter aircraft overhead is a […]

Air Force authorizes AFSOC move

Fabrication flight fixes, maintains aircraft structure

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Airman 1st Class Stephen Johnson, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, applies a protective sheet over a stencil of the special operations emblem at Building 199. This emblem will be placed onto an aircraft tail near the Landing. By 1st Lt. George Tobias, 27th SOW Public Affair […]

CAFB changes aircraft operating hours

Cannon Air Force Base has adjusted the hours of its airfield operations to further accommodate Air Force Special Operation Command’s mission requirements. Hours of operation for Cannon’s airfield are currently from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., so local residents may notice aircraft noise during later hours. Airfield operations vary throughout the year due to mission […]

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 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 […]

Cannon pilots set to fly unmanned aircraft

Courtesy Photo An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The MQ-1’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. By Karl Terry: Cannon Connections Pilots at Cannon Air Force Base eventually may fly missions in faraway lands without ever leaving eastern New Mexico. The main […]

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 […]

First aircraft arrives for new Cannon squadron

Courtesy Photo A PC-12 Pilatus parks on Cannon’s flightline Jan. 8 and is the first of a planned 10 aircraft to be assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron over the next four years. The 318 SOS, when fully active, will have approximately 90 Airmen assigned to 27th Special Operations Wing Cannon Air Force Base […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning by doing

Courtesy Photo Marine Osprey pilots learn to fly the aircraft using a simulator. The CV-22 Osprey is a modified version of the MV-22. By Jennifer Hlad: Freedom News Service JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — For the first few years Mark Thoman served as a MV-22 instructor, whenever a student messed up, he would yell “I’ve got it” […]

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 […]