Cannon losing civilian jobs

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base is slated to lose 49 positions and Holloman Air Force Base will lose 57 jobs after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 civilian positions nationwide. Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, said 18 of the 49 eliminated positions at Cannon are vacant. […]

Needle work tips featured on show

Information on sculpting dolls and wing needle hemstitching will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 11th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 13th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Author and doll maker, Terese Cato has been making sculpted dolls for years. She will show how to paint the […]

World Trade Center steel part of Cannon 9/11 memorial

Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found a home with the 27th Special Operations Wing’s Fire and Emergency Services at Cannon Air Force Base. The steel, granted to Cannon by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, is the only one of its kind in the state […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

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Courtesy photo Col. Stephen Clark Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Courtesy photo The MC-130H Combat Talon II first flew in 1966. It is one of the planes that will be exhibited Saturday at the open house. CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force […]

Tucumcari air show features Snowbirds

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport on Wednesday with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The Snowbirds fly nine jets at the same time […]

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff 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 Operations […]

Cannon conducting joint exercise

Cannon Air Force Base is conducting a joint exercise with Marine Corps and Army units July 17, according to a news release from Cannon Air Force Base. Called Exercise Joint Lightning, the training exercise is focused on communication procedures between special operations forces in other branches of the service, according to 27th Special Operations Wing […]

CAFB wing commander promotes volunteerism

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Col. Timothy Leahy currently serves as the 27th Special Operations Wing commander. Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 27-May 3), Col. Timothy Leahy, the 27th Special Operations Wing commander, offered his thoughts about the importance of volunteerism in response to a series of questions from Freedom New Mexico writer Janet Bresenham. Q: […]

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 […]

Cannon clinic closes for training day

The Cannon Air Force Base clinic will be closed April 10 for a wing training day. Questions regarding the clinic closure can be directed to the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4131.

Time capsule sealed away

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mayor David Lansford locks the time capsule Friday while 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Timothy Leahy looks on. The capsule, entombed at Clovis-Carver Public Library, will be opened in 2057, City officials said. By Liliana Castillo The Clovis Centennial Committee placed a time capsule in a vault in the Clovis-Carver […]

Anniversary group sealing time capsule

CNJ staff CNJ staffMembers of the City of Clovis 100th anniversary committee will seal a time capsule at 2 p.m. Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The time capsule will stay closed for 50 years. Mayor David Lansford, 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Timothy Leahy and Raymond Mondragon, chairman of the 100th anniversary committee, […]

Opinion: Base ingrained in area culture

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]

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 […]