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  • 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.
  • Pilot receives distinguished honors

    Maj. William Mendel, 20th Special Operations Squadron pilot, received the Distinguished Flying Cross on May 15 at Cannon Air Force Base for heroic actions displayed as his aircraft came under heavy and effective gunfire from ground forces while attempting to evacuate American citizens from a populated United Nations compound.
  • 27 SOW tests new refueling equipment

    Cannon is at the forefront of testing for a piece of equipment that helps extend the missions of Air Force Special Operations flights at home and overseas.Enter the variable speed drogue, now under testing managed by Hydraulics journeymen with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.A piece of aerial refueling
  • In the company of heroes: Pararescue chief retires after 30 years

    Over the course of his thirty-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens--if not hundreds--on and off the battlefield. He was a major command pararescueman of the year, an Air Force Pitsenbarger Award recipient valor under fire, and AF pararescue senior NCO of the year, and the AF Lance P. Sijan senior NCO of the year.
  • Everyday excellence: Honor Guard celebrates victory

    Veteran’s Day weekend was a busy one for Cannon’s Base Honor Guard, according to the program’s manager, Tech. Sgt. Travis Eldridge. But the team’s efforts were rewarded when they won in their category at Saturday’s Clovis, N.M., Veteran’s Day parade.“We won the first place trophy for veterans’ organized marching unit,” Eldridge explained. “Our job
  • Air Commandos get real-world experience at White Sands

    The 26th Special Tactics Squadron trained alongside 27th Special Operations Wing units while conducting a full mission profile at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., earlier this month.The training tested the Air Commandos’ abilities to react to adverse conditions and complete a mission as a team in an unknown location.“The purpose of a FMP is to
  • EMT Rodeo 2016

    U.S. Air Force Emergency Medical Technicians gathered to compete in the 9th annual Air Force Medical Service EMT Rodeo at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 24-27, 2016.The two and a half day competition involved 24 EMT teams from across the Air Force, both CONUS and OCONUS installations challenging one another for the title of the “Best of the
  • 27th SOW tests new capabilities in unfamiliar terrain

    In late July, for the very first time, the 27th Special Operations Wing conducted a full mission profile hundreds of miles away in the mountainous terrain of Utah and Colorado.The training provided Air Commandos with the chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses in an unfamiliar location while also testing brand new mission
  • Fifth CMSAF shares experiences during Cannon visit

    In 1948, an 18 year old Robert Gaylor enlisted into the barely one-year-old U.S. Air Force to serve in the security police career field. He dedicated the next 31 years to the force, fulfilling multiple leadership roles until ultimately retiring at the highest enlisted position possible.Now 86, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert D.
  • AFSOC Heritage and the Manhattan Project

    Seventy-one years ago this month, the 509th Composite Wing executed the first operational deployment and use of nuclear weapons in history. In the context of the Manhattan Project, the historic development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., and also the Enola Gay and Bockscar, are the most familiar stories in both popular culture and military
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