Cannon commander leaving

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special […]

County roads closed for chip sealing

CNJ staff The Curry County Road Department will continue chip sealing operations in the Shumate Addition to complete a $200,000 project funded by New Mexico Legislative Appropriations, according to a news release. Sealing takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The county also starts chip sealing from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday […]

Airman oversees TRICARE operations

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Tech. Sgt. April Gaines has spent almost two years as flight chief over military insurance company Tricare operations and patient administration in the 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Other people’s health insurance has Tech. Sgt. April Gaines busy keeping […]

Cannon airmen honored at annual awards dinner

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The 27th Special Operations Wing’s top airmen and civilians were recognized at the annual awards dinner at The Landing on Feb. 21. Receiving awards were: •

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

Airman prepare for gunship’s arrival

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airman Frank Lauria, of the 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight, hands a 105 mm cannon round to an aerial gunner inside a 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunship while training. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment […]

Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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U.S. Air Force photo The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Cannon engineer earns Air Force recognition

USAF photo: Greg Allen Kenny Cable of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight, received the Air Force Harry P. Reitman Award for civil engineer achievements in fiscal year 2008. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs By Greg Allen 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron […]

Overview: 27th Special Operations Wing emblem

USAF courtesy illustration The colors of the shield, Ultramarine Blue and Air Force Yellow, are the official colors of the United States Air Force. By Rick Shea: 27th SOW historian What’s in an Air Force emblem? Do they truly mean anything? How do some emblems derive their elements? And what’s with that flower on our […]

Civic center hires new manager

The Clovis Civic Center has a new general manager. Global Spectrum, operators of the center, named Brock Neely as the new general manager succeeding Neil McMullin. McMullin is transferring to another Global Spectrum-managed convention center in Ohio. Neely, who joined Global Spectrum as Operations Manager at the Clovis Civic Center in march of 2006, will […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

These angels wear blue instead

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Lt Col. James Reineke, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron commander, helps Trevor Daniell, a child at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, unwrap Christmas gifts during this year’s Angels in Blue gift-giving party. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs For the past seven years, […]

Airmen graduate leadership course

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Cannon’s newest leaders graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18 during a ceremony at the Landing. ALS prepares Airmen for their role as a noncommissioned The following senior airmen recently graduated from Airman Leadership School on Dec. 18. 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Joseph Baudo […]

Diamond Sharp winners announced

USAF photo: Elizabeth Merchant Airman 1st Class Lucas Shepherd, 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, left, Senior Airman Ashley Newton, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, center, and Airman 1st Class Albert Simonik, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, display their Diamond Sharp awards at the Pecos Trail Dining Facility on Dec. 19. Diamond Sharp awards […]

CMSAF provides top enlisted perspective

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley greets and speaks with the airmen of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron during a visit to Cannon Air Force Base on Dec. 10. By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals 27th SOW Public Affairs Chief Master Sergeant of the […]

Commentary: Season of giving extended to Cannon

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Col. Mark LaRose, (right) 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, Col. Kenneth Hall, 27th Special Operations Medical Group Commander, center, and Col. Hans Kaspar, 27th Special Operations Wing Vice Commander, serve a holiday dinner By Col. Timothy Leahy: 27th SOW commander Special Operations Wing, I’d like […]

Training center turns airmen into air commandos

USAF photo: Greg Allen Staff Sgt. Richards Corbett, left, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., answers questions posed to him by Master Sgt. Sue Parker, Detachment 1, Air Force Operations Training Center, shortly before a flight over Melrose Air Force Range. By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operation Public Affairs Housed in a nondescript, beige […]

27th SOG recognized

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Group earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award recently for the period from Oct. 1, 2006 to Sept. 30, 2008. The wear of the award is authorized for any airman who, during any portion of the award period, was assigned to […]

Airman Leadership School graduates announced

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Cannon’s newest leaders graduated Airman Leadership School on Nov. 6 during a ceremony at the Landing. ALS prepares airmen for their role as a noncommissioned officer. The following airmen recently graduated from Airman Leadership School: 27th Special Operations Wing •

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 […]