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 […]

Green Hornets return

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lt. Col. Matt Smith addresses the crowd after assuming command of the 20th Special Operations Squadron Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. The squadron will operate the CV-22 Osprey. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The 54-year history of the Hornets, officially known as the 20th Special Operations Squadron, entered […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]

Colonel selectees announced

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USAF photo: Senior Airmen James Bell Lt. Col. Michael Fulton, left, and Lt. Col. James Reineke, right, hold up colonel wings presented to them by Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, center, who notified them of their selection to colonel at the base clinic on Dec. 2. Fulton, 27th Special Operations Aerospace […]

New commander for 73rd SOS

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Col James Cardoso, 27th Special Operations Group commander, hands the 73rd Special Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Kevin Cabanas, 73 SOS commander, on Oct. 23. Col. William Wolfe relinquished command of the squadron after heading it since Feb. 15, 2008.

Change of command for 27th SOMDG

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather R. Redman Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presents Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, with the 27 SOMDG guidon during a change of command ceremony on July 22. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Col. Scott Corcoran assumed command of […]

Col. Lenfant recognized

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Courtesy photo Col. Babette Lenfant, 27th Special Operations Mission Support commander, second from left, receives an endorsement from Curry and Roosevelt County leadership for the National Public Service Award on May 1 in Portales. From left, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., Portales City Manager Debi Lee, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas […]

Meetings watch: Col. Lenfant presented key to city

This is a supplemental report to Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex: • Mayor Gayla Brumfield presented outgoing Cannon Air Force Base Col. Babette Lenfant with a key to the city. As commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, Brumfield said Lenfant was like a city manager […]

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. […]

Col. Leahy presented with key to city

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Heather Redman Mayor Gayla Brumfield presents Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, with the key to the city on May 21 at a city commission meeting. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners expressed their views that Col. Tim Leahy will leave Cannon Air Force Base, and […]

Change of Command ceremony for 27th SOW

By 27th SOW Public Affairs There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing at 10:27 a.m. on May 27. Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27 SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, U.S. Special Operations […]

Cannon undergoing major facelift

U.S. Air Force photo: Danielle Martin Contractors with Wilhite Inc. and Noel continue their ongoing construction of Cannon’s new Airmen Center. The center will include a dining facility, post office, community center and other services. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections When Col. Steve Hoarn’s phone rings, or a piece of paper comes across his desk […]

Cannon undergoing major facelift

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Airmen’s Center will include a kitchen twice as large as the one used now at Cannon, along with the base post office and a recreation center. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Col. Steve Hoarn’s phone rings, or a piece of paper comes across his desk at Hurlburt […]

Tribute honors local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Joe Blair, a World War II veteran and commander of American Legion Post 31 in Portales, unfurls an American flag during the veterans tribute. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections American armed forces are ordinary citizens doing their duty, Col. James L. Cardoso, commander of the 27th Special Operations Group, told […]

Clovis schools preparing for arrival of new students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting an influx of about 300 military dependents between October and June, according to 27th Special Operations wing Mission Support Group Commander Col. Babette Lenfant. Lenfant told Clovis school board members Tuesday the dependents would be coming with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron personnel […]

Wing commander will speak at chamber banquet

Col. Timothy Leahy, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker at this month’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Portales at 200 S. Ave. C.Advance […]

Hounds inactivated

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 66 years of history were put on hold as the 524th Fighter Squadron, ‘Hounds of Heaven,’ inactivated here during a ceremony at The Landing on Aug. 30. At exactly 5:24 p.m., Capt. Jason Bell, the 524 FS flight commander, […]

Board approves school rezoning

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Barry Elementary School attendance zone has been expanded to encompass a section of the zone previously assigned to the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. The Clovis school board approved the rezoning at Tuesday’s meeting. The Barry school zone is extended from 21st Street south to be in line […]

Jan. 30, 1945

“Marriage is a Private Affair,” starring Lana Turner, was playing at the State theater. A promotional ad warned, “We suggest that you do not permit the ‘kiddies’ to attend.” … Clovis received word it would be exempt from a war-time “brownout,” which banned unnecessary lighting. The exemption was granted because natural gas was being used […]

Col. Bagnani new Vice Wing commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Colonel Valentino Bagnani III assumed duties as vice wing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing June 30. He replaces retiring Col. Jeffrey Harrell who retired June 30. Colonel Bagnani arrives from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served as the deputy commander of the 56th Operations Group. […]