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  • AC-130W Static Display Unveiled

    The 27th Special Operations Wing unveiled the Excalibur II, an AC-130W Stinger II static display, to honor its dedication as a wartime aircraft March 21, 2024, at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

  • Exercise Keen Sword 2023

    During exercise Keen Sword 23, members of the 17th Special Operations Squadron participated in a full-mission profile combat simulation to hone their skills and enhance Japan-U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.

  • 16 SOS conducts Spirit 03 memorial flight

    The 16th Special Operations Squadron conducted a memorial flyover to honor the crew of Spirit 03, the last AC-130 gunship shot down in combat. The flyover was followed by a remembrance brief that highlighted advances made in the gunship community since the loss of Spirit 03.

  • Built on the Backs of Giants: Cannon's First AC-130J Ghostrider

    The arrival of Cannon’s first AC-130J Ghostrider represents a significant expansion of force generation capacity as the Air Force Special Operations Command structures for the reemergence of great power competition, tightening fiscal constraints, and the accelerating rate of technological change,