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 […]

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 […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

Lilliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley and Lit. Gen.Norman Seip stand at attention Monday as the national anthem is sung at the beginning of the change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force […]

Blog from Cannon: Special Ops activated

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Lilliana Castillo Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley and Lit. Gen.Norman Seip stand at attention Monday as the national anthem is sung at the beginning of the change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico’s Karl Terry is blogging live from Cannon Air Force Base this morning. He will also […]

Cannon timeline

Late 1920s — Portair Field, a civilian passenger facility, was established on the site. Portair, a terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights, flew passengers in the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” by day, and used Pullman trains for night travel. In the 1930s Portair was renamed Clovis Municipal Airport. January 1943 — A glider detachment was […]

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 […]

Local businesses excited about transition

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, we […]

Business owners anticipate Cannon change of command

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Ashley Torres of Clovis takes orders Saturday at the Foxy Drive-In. Owner Chris Bryant said they’re looking forward to the new people the base change will bring. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing […]

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, […]

Sept. 18, 1964

Work was in progress on the new addition to the main fire station. The structure was being built at a cost of $29,000. … A drive-thru car wash was being operated at 1500 Thornton for 50 cents. … A 12-year-old Clovis boy accidentally shot in the head at his home was listed in critical condition […]

Pilots wanted

Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery Airmen from the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron push a T-6A Texan II primary trainer from a hanger at Cannon Air Force Base. By Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base — A couple of Texans rode into New Mexico last week, […]

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 […]

Plane crashes near Tucumcari

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Freedom Newspapers:Thomas Garcia Two Yuma, Ariz., residents, Gary Mayer and Kathryn Blohm, were injured in the crash of this Beech airplane Friday outside of Tucumcari, according to reports from the New Mexico State Police. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A single-engine plane crashed early Friday afternoon in a field six miles east of […]

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 […]

Mission approved

Courtesy photo Air Force Special Operations Command plans to move the MC-130W to Cannon Air Force Base as part of the new mission. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The plan to create a western-based special operations wing was cleared after Air Force Special […]

Special ops transition finalized

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing is official. The first airmen and aircraft from a special operations squadron should begin arriving in November as part of a slow buildup that will take three years, Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday. AFSOC takes command of Cannon […]