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Tenant unit no more - the 56 SOIS joins the Cannon family

U.S. Air Force Col. William West, 27th Special Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col James Chappelear, 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron commander during the 56 IS inactivation ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012.The passing of the guidon signifies the change in command. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

U.S. Air Force Col. William West, 27th Special Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col James Chappelear, 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron commander during the 56 IS inactivation ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012.The passing of the guidon signifies the change in command. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

U.S. Air Force Col. William West, 27th Special Operations Group commander, speaks as the 56th Intelligence Squadron is inactivated at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012. During the ceremony, the 56 IS was inactivated and the 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron activated. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

U.S. Air Force Col. William West, 27th Special Operations Group commander, speaks as the 56th Intelligence Squadron is inactivated at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012. During the ceremony, the 56 IS was inactivated and the 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron activated. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

Cannon Air Commandos await the inactivation of the 56th Intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012. The Inactivation of the 56 IS allowed for the activation of the 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

Cannon Air Commandos await the inactivation of the 56th Intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 27, 2012. The Inactivation of the 56 IS allowed for the activation of the 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron. (U.S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The 56th Intelligence Squadron, previously a tenant unit, was inactivated to make way for the newly activated 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, April 27, 2012. This squadron is the most recent addition to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and combines the resources of several different intelligence based squadrons. The 56 SOIS provides focused intelligence support to the 27th Special Operations Wing and U. S. Special Operations Command components.