AFSOC displays aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tech Seargent Aaron Brown explained how the CV-22 Osprey operates to James Carter of Clovis at the Cannon Air Force Base static display on Monday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Capt. Mike Holding stood before an aircraft that looked as if it came out of a science fiction movie. […]

Thanks to past as we welcome a new mission

By Freedom New Mexico For a few moments near dusk on Sunday night, Mother Nature signed off on the old and new missions of Cannon Air Force Base. Just above the eastern horizon, the soft orange glow of a jagged, nearly full rising moon shimmered above a semi-circle of C-130s that surrounded two F-16 jets […]

Special Ops takes control of Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley, left, and Lt. Gen. Norman Seip stand at attention for the national anthem during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte and Tonya Fennell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than one hundred airmen stood at attention Monday […]

Flag ceremony ushers in Special Ops

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Scott West prepares to receive his last salute as commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at the change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old […]

AFSOC aircraft, part two

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil AC-130 Gunship The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. AC-130 Gunship With primary missions of close air support, air interdiction and force protection, the AC-130 Gunship features “side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

Mission accomplished

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Air Force photo: Greg Allen A CV-22 Osprey with its rotors folded sits in a hangar at Cannon Air Force Base during a hangar clearance test. Ospreys are among the aircraft to be assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The final step in a nerve-racking 2 […]

End of an era

Courtesy Photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. Cannon Connections Staff Air Force Special Operations Command will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base during a ceremony Monday at the base. The 27th Fighter Wing will be designated the 27th […]

Horsing around

Photo by: Tony Bullocks Cannon Air Force Base wife Carol Myers leads Michelle Hernandez into the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during the Special Olympics Equestrian tourament. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Carol Myers is an Air Force wife, mother of two and Child Development Center employee. She is also a horse lover and dedicated […]

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 […]

Chosen Christians should be set apart from rest

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I am saving “boxtops” for my grandchildren’s school. While clipping and cutting from cereal and cake mix boxes, I think about my mother, who purchased a silverware set with coupons. When my parents were in seminary, we were on a tight budget. Yet, my mother believed that as a pastor’s […]

Sept. 20, 1975

Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran and Trinity Churches, the Van Khau Phong family, Vietnamese refugees, were the guests of honor at a public reception. … Richard Ramsey of the Soil Conservation Service reported to the Ned Houk Memorial Park board that the construction on the Running Water Draw Dam was 85 to 90 percent complete. … […]

Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]

County says no to liquor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday in a special meeting against applying for a government liquor license for the fairgrounds and the special event Center. The vote was 3-2. County manager Dick Smith said the liquor license, which is similar to the one the city has for its civic center, […]

County to weigh liquor license for fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will decide in a special meeting today whether to apply for a liquor license for the special events center and the fairgrounds. The license will be a governmental liquor license similar to the one the city has for its civic center and will be specified […]

Cannon prepares for transition to new mission

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing will include a special tactics squadron comprised of about 100 people, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott. Scott, the director of the Office of Military Base Planning and Support, updated members of the […]

Wing to assume new name

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force Special Operations Command wing that is moving to Cannon Air Force Base has been designated the 27th Special Operations Wing, maintaining the history of the 27th at the southern New Mexico base. The Air Force Special Operations Command said the wing designation was […]

Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

Incoming wing designated 27th Special Operations

Staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force Special Operations Command wing that is moving to Cannon Air Force Base has been designated the 27th Special Operations Wing, maintaining the history of the 27th at the southern New Mexico base. The Air Force Special Operations Command said the wing designation was […]

Special tactics squadron coming to Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Office of Military Base Planning and Support Director Hanson Scott, a retired Air Force brigadier general, left, and Military Base Planning Commission Vice Chairman Randy Harris briefed the New Mexico Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter […]