Cannon after dark: A night in photos

Fuels technicians with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron run through an inspection checklist on an MC-130J, November 16, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Fuels technicians are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

Fuels technicians with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron run through an inspection checklist on an MC-130J, November 16, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Fuels technicians are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

Aircraft Structural Maintenance apprentices with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron discuss a repair with Tech. Sgt. Matthew Foster, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance supervisor, November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Sheet metals technicians are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

Aircraft Structural Maintenance apprentices with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron discuss a repair with Tech. Sgt. Matthew Foster, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance supervisor, November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Sheet metals technicians are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgts. Gabriel Austin, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron CV-22 production superintendent, and Christian Martin, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, coordinate a full night’s to-do list November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Production superintendents task out the night’s repairs and bridge between the multiple shops working through the night to get the job done. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgts. Gabriel Austin, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron CV-22 production superintendent, and Christian Martin, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, coordinate a full night’s to-do list November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Production superintendents task out the night’s repairs and bridge between the multiple shops working through the night to get the job done. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop consults a technical order November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop consults a technical order November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop repairs a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop repairs a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop repairs a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

An Air Commando with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron’s Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop repairs a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft November 16, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Aircraft structural maintainers are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Like any job at any time, the work comes in waves for the Air Commandos who take care of Cannon’s air assets through the night. Late on a quiet night in November, some of the Airmen fleshing out Air Force Special Operations Command’s “any place, any time, anywhere” mission offered their thoughts on what makes nighttime work different. “On the mid shift, we can focus in on the job itself,” said Staff Sgt. John Weaver, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron fuels technician. “That makes it an ideal time to train our people.” Weaver explained that freedom from the distractions of day shift facilitated more detail-oriented training for Air Commandos just starting their Air Force careers. “Young airmen with their 3-level can accomplish all of the required tasks in their upgrade training,” Weaver said. “They get a chance to learn the job from supervisors who can give their undivided attention.” Click through these photos to find out why so many Air Commandos refer to mids as “the working shift.” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Fuels technicians with the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron run through an inspection checklist on an MC-130J, November 16, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Fuels technicians are part of a large group of Cannon Air Commandos who work through the night to keep aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/released)