Cannon AFB Opens Gates for Memorial Day Weekend

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Clovis, Portales, and the surrounding communities flock to Cannon Air Force Base for the Air Commandos on the High Plains Air, Space and Tech show.

“They’re an extremely military-friendly community and we just want to show them what their support actually allows us to do,” Chief of Media Operations, JP Rebello, said, “and give the communities a chance to interact with our commandos, see what they do on a day-in and day-out basis.”

The 27th Special Operations Wing shows its capabilities using many aircraft, including the AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22, MQ-9 and more.

Rebello said the air show is a chance to build new relationships and to foster existing relationships in the community.

With performances by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Royal Air Force F-18 Demo Team, there is plenty for visitors to see.

“I actually work here, so I’m here to…just enjoy the time off and also to see the aircraft that we don’t normally get to see,” said Jason Shoffit.

“They’re super awesome,” Shoffit’s son, Blaze, said. “I’m gonna grow up and fly one.”

For about 18 new recruits, that dream came true today.

“It’s a pretty exciting day today because we’re getting sworn in by the Thunderbirds, so that doesn’t happen very often,” said Airman First Class recruit, Kameron Thompson. “My family is all military. I’m a fourth generation Air Force, so it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do.”

Rebello said hosting the air show for Memorial Day makes it even more special.

“Airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines all over the world have made the greatest sacrifice,” said Rebello, “and it’s an honor to be part of that greater community.”

He also said most Air Commandos at Cannon AFB are quiet professionals, so the air show provides an opportunity to tell their stories and show the community how they are reaching new heights.

The public will have another chance to see the Commandos fly high tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

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