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Cannon invites spouses, demonstrates base capabilities

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A CV-22 Osprey pilot, 20th Special Operations Squadron, flies a a group of spouses at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2019. Flights were taken on the CV-22 Osprey, AC-130W Stinger II Gunship, MC-130J Commando II and Pilatus PC-12 during spouse's day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gage Daniel)

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A spouse of a member assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing takes a photo of a load master at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2019. During the flight, spouses were allowed to taking turns strapping into a safety harness and sit near the edge of the plane for a better view. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gage Daniel)

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Spouses of members assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing pose for a photo in front of a Cv-22 Osprey at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2019. Spouses day allows spouses to partake in tours, demonstrations and flights to build morale and help them better understand their significant others duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gage Daniel)

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Airman 1st Class Alexandrea Lopez, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, explains how she communicates with aircraft to spouses of members assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing during Spouse’s Day, April 27, 2019, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Controllers gave spouses a tour of the tower to showcase their role in the overall mission of the 27th SOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

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Spouses of members assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing, operate a flight simulator during Spouse’s Day, April 27, 2019, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Flight simulators are a useful tool because they give a realistic flying experience to pilots and can help them practice scenarios without being in a real aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

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Airman 1st Class Harrison Crisp, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, briefs spouses of members assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing on how the air traffic control tower communicates with various aircraft during Spouse’s Day, April 27, 2019, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Spouse’s Day gave military spouses an in-depth look of the importance of the 27th SOW and how each member contributes to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

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Airman 1st Class Chloe Landt, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, explains the benefits of a training simulator to spouses of members assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing during Spouse’s Day, April 27, 2019, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. From flight simulators to Military Work Dog demonstrations, spouses saw an overview of daily operations which helped understand what their spouses do on a day-to-day basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)

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Martha Kretschmer and Nick Kretschmer, attendants of Spouse’s Day, learn how to refuel an aircraft from Staff Sgt. Michael Malisheske, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron Forward Air Refueling Point team chief, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. Dependents of military members from Cannon Air Force Base explored different work environments and received an inside look on how day-to-day operations work at some units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

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Tamra Jackson, military spouse, gets sprayed with water to celebrate her last flight as a military spouse at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. Dependents of military members from Cannon Air Force Base explored different work environments and received an inside look on how day-to-day operations work at some units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

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Military spouses sit on the back of an MC-130J Commando II during a Spouse’s Day event, flying over New Mexico Apr. 27, 2019. Dependents of military members from Cannon Air Force Base explored different work environments and received an inside look on how day-to-day operations work at some units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

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Military spouses sit in the back of a MC-130J Commando II during a Spouse’s Day event at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. The occasion invited spouses of military members serving at Cannon to explore some of the working environments and careers across base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon R. Walter III)

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Terry O’Neal volunteers to be bitten by Military Working Dog Djenga during an exhibition of MWD and 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron capabilities at a Spouse’s Day event at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. After watching 27th SOSFS members demonstrate what their protocol during suspect apprehensions look like, they were allowed to volunteer to wear a protective vest and be bitten by a MWD. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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Military Working Dog Djenga stays on guard in an exhibition of her capabilities with her handler during Spouse’s Day at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. The exhibition demonstrated MWD Djenga’s ability to listen to commands while her handler talks or apprehends suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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A crowd watches a demonstration between two 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron members and Military Working Dog Djenga during Cannon’s 2019 Spouse’s Day at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019. The event invited spouses of military members to participate in activities around base such as exhibitions, plane simulators and tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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The 27th Special Operations Wing hosted a Spouse’s Day event for military servicemember dependents at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Apr. 27, 2019.

The spouses explored different work environments and received an inside look on how day-to-day operations work at some units.

One of the units they explored was the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron’s Air Traffic Control Tower.

“The tower tour was really cool because I watch planes fly over all the time, but it’s good to have a close-up view to see how they’re all communicating together,” said Jennifer Koostra, military spouse. “As a key spouse, I’m glad they offered Spouse’s Day because it gives you a sense of pride of what you’re a part of.”

They’re a part of the growing community of approximately 5,800 Air Commandos at Cannon. The base has multiple aircraft types operating at all times, including the MC-130J Commando II, the AC-130W Stinger II and the CV-22 Osprey. Spouses were given a taste of what some of these aircraft can do when they flew aboard them.

“We flew on the CV-22,” said Sairy Lopez. “I got to experience what others can’t. Felt like my heart was about to drop.”

Spouse’s Day remains an important annual occurrence for the 27th SOW, as it allows the wing to display not only the capabilities of the hard-working Airmen and technology available, but how military families play a role in making it all happen.