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 […]

West nominated for brigadier general

By CNJ Staff Col. Scott D. West, a former Cannon Air Force Base wing commander, was among the 29 colonels in line to be considered for promotion to brigadier general. West now serves as the commander of the 613th Air and Space Operations Center, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He served as […]

Flags change hands

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old 27th Fighter Wing colors for the new 27th Special Operations Wing flag. Performed by the 27th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, the flag ceremony signified the official change of command Monday at Cannon Air Force […]

Leahy: Honor to be named commander

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 military family? A: No, my father […]

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 leader coming to base

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Oct. 1 at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th Special Operations Wing during the event. The unit designation was selected through a process that started in the AFSOC historian’s office. “After coordinating […]

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, […]

Commander opens new line of communication

By Senior Airman Ryan Richard Rones: 612th Air Communications Squadron DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. — Have you ever had a question or concern that you wanted to communicate directly to one of your senior leaders? Well here is your chance. Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Commander, […]

Letters to Editor: Democrats should act or stand down

I’m far from an expert on governmental policy, but as I read the papers I keep seeing statements that the November 2006 election was a mandate to ending the war in Iraq and that our Democrat Congressional leaders are determined to do just that by submitting bills that establish a timetable for troop withdrawal. They […]

Team Cannon welcomes Lt. Gens. Wooley, Utterback

Col. Scott West Team Cannon – Today and this weekend we host Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations commander, Hurlburt Airfield, Fla., and Lt. Gen. Loyd Utterback, 13th Air Force commander, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. General Wooley makes another visit to assess the progress of transitional planning for Air Force Special Operations […]

Base namesake a leader in developing America’s airpower

Gen. John K. Cannon was a World War II Mediterranean combat commander and chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe for whom Cannon Air Force is named. 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office When Headquarters USAF announced that Clovis Air Force Base, N.M., would become a permanent facility effective June 1, 1957, it approved redesignation of […]

27th Security Forces Airman earns DoD honors

Janet Taylor-Birkey The young lieutenant didn’t think he stood a chance. Even his father, a 20-year master sergeant, didn’t think he stood a chance. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. As the only lieutenant out of five finalists he was at the top of his game. But he was competing against a captain who was […]

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. […]

Lt. Gen. Seip new 12th AF commander

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Lt. Gen. Norman Seip assumed command of the 12th Air Force and Air Force Southern today at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base, Arizona. He replaces outgoing commander Lt. General Mark Schmidt who will officially retire Sept. 1. General Seip will command seven active-duty wings that include the 27th Fighter […]

Air Force leaders to visit Cannon

27th Fighter Wing Pubic Affairs Air Force dignitaries will visit Cannon and Clovis today and Saturday to speak with the media and the public about Cannon’s future as the home of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Honorable William Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command […]

Article 32 hearing held for Cannon Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals An Article 32 pretrial hearing was held in the 27th Fighter Wing courtroom from June 12 to 14 regarding charges preferred against Airman Basic Edward Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

Legendary 27th Fighter Wing Receives New Leadership

Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing Monday. Colonel West is the former vice commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany and is a command pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Col. Scott West assumed command of the 27th Fighter Wing from Col. John […]

Cannon has new commander

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Col. John Posner, left, and Col. Scott West salute during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. West was vice commander at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar […]

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 […]