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  • Cannon behind the scenes: late night warriors

    *This feature is the nineteenth in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. Long, late nights on the flightline are never in shortage for Air Commandos with the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Diligent hands and a commitment to excellence push and motivate troops to ensure one of Cannon's greatest aerial assets is
  • "Carnivores" run rampant at obstacle course

    A young Airman dodged left and right through multiple rows of 50-pound, hanging sandbags as he crossed the bridge to the Soundside. Gasping for air as he evaded the last bag, he looks up and see the course isn't over yet --  more obstacles were still in front of him. The obstacles were part of the Carnivore Confidence Course at Hurlburt Field,
  • NDI: Aircraft doctors

    It is crucial for transient aircraft to maintain excellent physical condition as it is for the air crews that fly them in order to perform successful missions. Just as one would rely on medical professionals to perform analysis and identify the cause of ailments, aircraft maintainers depend on nondestructive inspection specialists to detect
  • 'We who dare'

    The sound of gunfire rings out as simulation rounds whiz through the air and paint splatters against the side of a building. Gravel crunches beneath the feet of a rescue team as they shout out commands and lower an injured combat casualty from a rooftop. This setting served as the backdrop for a combat casualty training exercise on the Eglin Range
  • A page from the past: a prisoner of war

    "[It's] kind of a special occasion today," said Clovis, N.M., native and Army veteran Dan McKinney, as he addressed a classroom of Air Commandos. "Fifty-nine years ago today I was released from Chinese prison camp."His voice caught in his throat and he took several breaths before continuing. That this was a difficult topic of discussion for
  • Cannon behind the scenes: Airmen bear arms

    *This feature is fifteenth in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. The work bench is lined with tools and metal components in varying sizes and shapes. There is an acrid smell lingering in the air slowly mixing with the metallic one emanating from the scattered, unassembled pieces on the work station. Squinted eyes inspect a barrel as
  • Cannon behind the scenes: combined forces coalition

    *This feature is fourteenth in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. As the U.S. Air Force fire protection motto states, members must possess "the desire to serve, the ability to perform, and the courage to act." Firefighters with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., do not fall short in these
  • Equipping Air Commandos

    Members of the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron's individual protective equipment element are charged with the responsibility of inventorying, issuing and chronicling the history of each item that enters their possession."Every Airman at Cannon is required to have a gas mask," said Senior Airman Hayden Shannon, IPEE journeyman.
  • LEAP boosts AF language capability

    Amid the darkness and the sputters of machine gunfire, service members hustle to assess and treat combat casualty victims. These victims have suffered injuries ranging from loss of limbs to sucking chest wounds. Adding to an already disorienting environment is the hodgepodge of English, coming from the directions of the combat medic instructing the
  • 73 SOS Airman provides eyes in the sky

    The 73rd Special Operations Squadron's maxim, "without fail," became more paramount to Senior Airman Erich Brown, 73 SOS loadmaster, than ever before as he and his comrades took to the skies of Afghanistan to protect America's sons and daughters from the scars of war.Manning the multifaceted AC-130W Stinger II aircraft, members of the 73 SOS were