Becoming An Honorary Fireball

Andrew Alley, son of 522nd Fighter Squadron pilot Maj. Matthew Alley, receives a flight suit from 1st Lt. Ryan Wartman in the beginning of his “Pilot for a Day” tour. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Amid wiggles and giggles, Cannon Air Force Base welcomed its newest, and youngest, “pilot” Friday Feb. 24. Andrew Alley, 6-year-old son of […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Cannon commander reassigned

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer After almost two years commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. John Posner is leaving March 6 for the Pentagon, officials said this week. Posner has been commanding the base since April 2004, according to Lt. James Nichols of Cannon Public Affairs. Col. Scott West of Spangdahlem Air Base in […]

Upgrade keeps pace with AF mission statement

Capt. Scott Crabtree, 522nd Fighter Squadron, taxis his jet into position after landing here Dec. 9. The jet was returning from an avionics upgrade at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airman Thomas Trower With the Air Force taking on a new mission in cyberspace, its equipment is keeping up with it. Air Force F-16 block […]

Seamless unity key for new group commanders

Col. Robert West, 27th Maintenance Group commander, presents his wife Angie with a bouquet of flowers at his change of command ceremony Oct. 14. 2nd Lt. James Nichols The 27th Maintenance Group and 27th Operations Group started off the 2006 fiscal year with new commanders at the helm. Col. Robert West, 27 MXG commander and […]

Local combat veteran honored on ALS Wall of Heroes

Col. (ret) Gabriel Bartholomew is presented with a shadow box by the Airman Leadership School students and members of the 27th Fighter Wing, friends and family. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon’s Airman Leadership School inducted another in a growing number of local combat veterans to its Wall of Heroes in a ceremony Oct. 28 at […]

Cannon clinic career field celebrates joint service history

Amn. Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Thursday marked the beginning of Physician Assistant Week, commemorating a profession that began almost 40 years ago. On Oct. 6, 1967 the first physician assistant (PA) class graduated from Duke University. The class was comprised of Navy corpsman that served in Vietnam. The curriculum was based on […]

Community shows its appreciation for base

By David Irvin: CNJ staff reporter Eastern New Mexico said thanks to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday, with games and $6,000 worth of giveaway prizes highlighting the 15th annual Cannon Appreciation Day. Events included a dunking booth, a bouncy castle for the kids, horseshoes, a tug of war and volleyball contest as Air […]

Mongar, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gradon

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gradon E. Mongar, 80, of Albuquerque, died Friday, July 2, 2004, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Palisade, Neb. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He flew P-47s in Germany during World War II and F-100s in Vietnam. His last assignment […]

New boss to take command today

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to […]

Base thankful for safe return of personnel

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Staff Sgt. Monnie Evans of the 27th Security Forces and his wife Kristi Evans sing “Come, Ye Thankful People Come” together during Tuesday’s Thanksgiving service at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ photo: Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As airmen gathered Tuesday evening for a Thanksgiving service at the […]