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Shawn Cordaro, 27th Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Metals Technology work lead, drills a hole through a no-load fixture at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, June 21, 2017. This fixture is used when maintenance is doing maintenance on a C-130. It helps keep the aircraft from moving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn/Released) Forging airpower at Metals Tech shop
There’s a cacophony of noise emanating out of building 22 on base. Mallets striking bolts, grinding metal, sparks peppering the floor, the hiss of air compressors. The shop is bustling with work. Problems need fixing and the Airmen and civilian of the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Metals Technology shop are constantly in
0 7/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo In Memoriam: Lt. Gen. Donald Peterson
The 27th Special Operations Wing offers their condolences to the family of Lt. Gen. Donald Peterson, Cannon Air Force Base Commander from 1988-1990, who passed away July 3. According to his most recent Air Force biography, Peterson served for 35 years, earning the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with
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2017
Lt. Col. Richard Hollinger, former 9th Special Operations Squadron assistant director of operations, pilots his aircraft during his ‘fini flight’ at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Jun. 9, 2017. Dating back to World War II, the U.S. military has celebrated pilots’ and other experienced officers’ final flights either at their current unit or their career. Pilots use these celebrations as another opportunity to help train accompanying Airmen on their roles aboard the aircraft to ensure mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Cannon leaders continue ‘fini flight’ tradition
The final day of work comes upon everyone. Some people take a long lunch with coworkers to hand out gifts and going away mementos. Others choose to quietly go out as they either prepare for retirement or moving on to their next job.
0 7/06
2017
The Air Force Medical Service is launching a mobile app that will let users access the news and information available on the AFMS website right from their smartphones. New Air Force health mobile app available for patients
The Air Force Medical Service has launched a new mobile app to connect Airmen and patients to news and information about the AFMS. The new app is a mobile version of the AFMS website, and lets users customize their experience based on the Air Force military treatment facility (MTF) they use. This way, patients can get information about clinic
0 7/06
2017
(U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi) Commentary: Supporting transgender service members
The air was stale in the hangar. Airmen packed the space, feeling the strain of one of the hottest New Mexico afternoons of Summer 2015. We were sweating, swearing, and snoozing our way through another commander’s call, squinting wearily at an enlisted leader visiting from U. S. Special Operations Command. Clutching a handheld mic in the center of
0 6/23
2017
A 105mm gun recoils aboard an AC-130W Stinger II at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, June 13, 2017. The 105mm gun needs to be manually cleared and loaded after each shot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn/Released) Live-fire training with an AC-130W
The Airmen aboard the AC-130W Stinger II were practicing a live-fire training mission at the Melrose Air Force Range, at Cannon Air Force Base, with the 30mm and 105mm guns. Additionally, a few of the Airmen were students being evaluated in their respective jobs.The range that the base utilizes is an excellent training tool for special operations
0 6/15
2017
Campaign streamers line the walls on display in the auditorium room of the 33rd Special Operations Squadron during the 100-year ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, June 9, 2017. The squadron has roots dating back to 1917 during World War I and since then has had a presence in nearly every major U.S. conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn/Released) 33rd SOS celebrates 100-year anniversary
A long military ancestry emanates from the command section hallway of the 33rd Special Operations Squadron. Oil paintings of past aircraft adorn the walls along with pictures and stories of the aircraft themselves. The lineage of the squadron is vast, dating back to 1917 during World War I. Since then, the squadron has played a part in nearly every
0 6/13
2017
Michael Chitwood, physical therapy patient, runs on an anti-gravity treadmill at the 27th Special Operations Medical Group Physical Medicine Office April 26, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, NM. An anti-gravity treadmill allows the patient to run at a percentage of their bodyweight and adjust that percentage over time as they get stronger. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn/Released) The road to rehabilitation
Ask anyone what the Air Force’s most important asset is and the likely answer will be “its people”. The Air Force operates on the capacities of its people. If an individual is injured and can’t perform their job, the mission suffers. There’s no “boneyard” for Airmen where we can harvest parts from. The Air Force cannot rebuild an Airman, but they
0 6/09
2017
Lt. Gen. Brandon Webb, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, speaks at the 27th Special Operations Wing’s change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jun. 2, 2017. Col. Benjamin Maitre relieved his position as 27th SOW commander to Col. Stewart Hammons. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) 27 SOW commander departs Cannon
Col. Benjamin Maitre, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, departs from Cannon after more than two years of service following a change of command ceremony on June 2, 2017.
0 6/02
2017
Master Sgt. Chad Beach, 524th Special Operations Squadron first sergeant, holds the guidon before it is ceremoniously covered during the 524 SOS end of mission ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 31, 2017. The 524th is relocating to Duke Field, Florida, where the command will change hands from the 27th SOW to the 492nd SOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Washburn/Released) Legacy lost: the 524th Special Operations Squadron moves on
With the upcoming departure of the 524th Special Operations Squadron from Cannon Air Force Base “we’re losing the last squadron that has original ties to the 27th when it was formed,” remarks Steven Frank, 27th Special Operations Wing historian.Frank utters these words as he reviews a slide show and educates on the impact it’s had. Since World War
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2017
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