The ultimate wingman

Courtesy photo
Retired Col. Bernard Fisher, left, the first airman to receive the Air Force designed Medal of Honor, poses with wingman, then-Maj. Dafford “Jump” Myers, whom Fisher rescued March 10, 1966, in South Vietnam. Fisher passed away in his home state of Idaho on Aug. 16.

By Richard Shea 27th Special Operations Wing Air Force Special Operations Command lost a valuable member of its team as well as the ultimate “wingman” this past Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, when Medal of Honor recipient and retired Col. Bernard Fisher died in his home state of Idaho at 87 years old. Fisher, who volunteered […]

AFSOC command chief speaks with Cannon’s NCOs, SNCOs

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, shares his experiences and advice with non-commissioned officers and senior NCOs at an all call Aug. 14 at Cannon Air Force Base. Travelling around the globe to advise and motivate Air Commandos is part of Caruso’s aim to “give back” to the Air Force.

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs NCOs and Senior NCOs at the 27th Special Operations Wing had the opportunity to pick the brain of Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, and receive frank guidance here during an all-call on Aug. 14. Caruso touched on […]

C-130 celebrates 60 years of air superiority

U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew
Eight AC-130H Spectre gunships taxi into position on the flightline prior to the final AC-130H mission conducted at Cannon Air Force Base on Jan. 16. The C-130 began its operational service with the Air Force in 1956 and AC-130 development began in the early 1960s.

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The C-130 community at Cannon Air Force Base celebrated a significant milestone Aug. 23 when the historic aircraft marked 60 years of aerial superiority and dedicated service. Originally designed to carry out troop, medical evacuation and cargo transportation missions, the C-130 of today has […]

What’s happening — Aug. 29

Today Safety Day End of Season Pool Party 10 a.m., DZ Aquatic Center Cosmic Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Neighbors 7 p.m., Base Theater Saturday Ping Pong Tournament 1 p.m., Community Center Maleficent 3 p.m., Base Theater Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Blended 7 p.m., Base Theater Sunday Rio 2 3 p.m., […]

Cannon hosts Senior NCO Induction Ceremony

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
The Senior NCO Inductees shouted the Airmen’s Creed to conclude the SNCO Induction Ceremony Aug. 14 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. They were celebrated by leadership, their peers and their families.

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dressed to the nines and encircled by family and friends, Cannon’s newest master sergeant selects were inaugurated into the topmost tier of the enlisted pyramid during the Senior NCO Induction Ceremony Aug. 14 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base, New […]

Good to know there’s someone looking out for us

It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every office has a piece of […]

What’s happening — Aug. 22

Today Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m., Landing Zone Open Rec. Open House 4:30 p.m., Youth Center Family-style Meal: Fajitas 5 p.m., Landing Zone SAPI Bowling Extravaganza 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 7 p.m., Base Theater All Nighter 9 p.m., Community Center Saturday Whitewater Rafting 7 a.m., Outdoor Recreation Mini Triathlon 8 a.m., […]

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 […]