Honoring the fallen

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 
Members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron carry a flagpole across the flightline Aug. 5 at Cannon Air Force Base. The flag pole was flown in from Afghanistan and will be erected at Cannon to honor Air Commandos who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs “Will Jefferson was a dedicated and competent warrior, who believed deeply in the mission he was conducting,” remembers the Silver Team Leader of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron. “He adeptly showcased his skills as the consummate force multiplier on the battlefield, raining air […]

Air Commando highlight: Level-headed loadmaster

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Carlson, 522nd Special Operations Squadron MC-130J loadmaster, was selected as a Diamond Sharp Award winner due to his performance on duty, off duty and in the local community.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs An attitude of gratitude can be the key to not only enduring the multiple moves, deployments and challenges that face Air Commandos throughout their careers, but refashioning each of those challenges into an opportunity for personal success. For proof, look no further than […]

Local Teachers learn Deployment Ops

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
Educators from the local community sample various Meals Ready to Eat during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Aug. 12 at Cannon Air Force Base. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories and members of the educational community were able to get a taste of what Airmen eat while deployed.

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Department of Defense offers countless programs for its uniformed families. From adjusting to military life for new spouses, school liaisons programs to help bridge the gap between military dependents and the civilian school systems to classes and seminars containing pertinent information necessary […]

DECA scholarship awarded at Cannon

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Ericka Engblom
Gerald and Shawn Pelfrey, parents of this year’s Defense Commissary Agency scholarship winner, receive pins from Deborah Dickerson, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commissary manager, Aug. 8 at Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Commissary Agency sponsors a scholarship yearly that has given out more than $14 million to help military dependents with the cost of college.

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Summer is almost over, and soon it will be time to head back to school. Back to organized binders, to a pouch full of writing utensils and for those in college, back to living on instant noodles in order to make ends meet while […]

Teachers take course on effects of deployment

U.S. Air Force: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
Tricia Baurenfeind, the wife of the 27th Special Operations Wing Commander, Col. Tony Baurenfeind, helps a teacher from the local community adjust her flack vest Tuesday during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations Event at Cannon Air Force Base. The event was designed to educate local educators and administrators about military operations and the effects deployments have on military children.

By Alisa Boswell CNJ correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Remembering fallen service members

U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Alexxis Pons Abascal
Members from 26th Special Tactics Squadron race to push sleighs across the fitness center track Aug. 6 at Cannon Air Force Base. The Air Commandos were memorializing the sacrifices of those who lost their lives aboard Extortion 17 during a Monster Mash organized by an airman in the squadron.

By Staff Sgt. Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Members from 26th Special Tactics Squadron memorialized the sacrifices of those who lost their lives aboard Extortion 17 on Aug. 6 during a Monster Mash. The event coincided with the third anniversary of U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook, call sign Extortion 17, being shot […]

Cannon recognizes dedicated crew chiefs

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jesse Meno, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintenance supervisor, addresses newly appointed dedicated crew chiefs on Aug. 4 at Cannon Air Force Base. Meno encouraged the airmen to own every single process of their new responsibility.

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Before most airmen were starting their day, members of the 3rd and 20th Aircraft Maintenance Units at Cannon Air Force Base were standing proud in formation as the newest dedicated crew chiefs were about to be announced. As their fellow Air Commandos looked […]

Clovis celebrates Cannon Appreciation Day

U.S. Air Force Photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Joseph Arora, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron airfield operations officer, offers watermelon to Air Commandos lined up for hot dogs and hamburgers Aug. 8 at Cannon Appreciation Day at Cannon Air Force Base. Volunteers served hundreds of Air Commandos who came out to celebrate the base’s connection to the surrounding community.

By Airmen 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Clovis community recognized the Air Commandos of Cannon Air Force Base during the 25th annual Cannon Appreciation Day Aug. 8. The Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Committee of Fifty, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation co-hosted the event at Unity Park, which […]

Commander tests new capability

U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Alexxis Pons Abascal
A member of the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron assists Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, as he operates the 60K Loader Aug. 5 at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Staff Sgt. Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, performed an operations check on one of the newest assets here Aug. 5. The 60K Loader, also known as the Tunner, was recently acquired by the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron and will […]

Commentary: Cannon recognized as top-notch stateside base

U.S. Air Force graphic: Staff Sgt. Alexxis Pons Abascal

By Col. Tony Bauernfeind 27th Special Operations Wing commander After years of battling the negative perceptions that have plagued Cannon Air Force Base the reality about the base of today is finally making its rounds within the Air Force community. Tongues started wagging across the force when Cannon cracked Air Force Times’ top 10 in […]