CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — The 27th Special Operations Wing hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on May 17 and provided her with a deeper understanding of the Air Force Special Operations Command mission, and Cannon’s role in providing special operations forces to the warfighter.

During her visit, James received a tour of the wing’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Center and a RPA mission brief; and met with wing and tenant unit leadership to discuss worldwide mission support, deployment operations and key challenges facing today’s Air Force, air commandos and their families. She also had a one-on-one conversation with the sexual assault response coordinator to understand the status and health of Cannon’s Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response program.

“I want to give all of you my deepest thanks and appreciation for the incredible work you do each and every day for your country,” James said. “The missions you conduct out of this wing are vitally important to our Air Force and this nation.

“Cannon’s air commandos are fully equipped with the resources and training they need to own the fight forward,” she continued. “From precision air strikes to personnel recover, these air and ground SOF team members are consistently perfecting skills needed to enable operations around the globe.”

James also received an aerial tour of Melrose Air Force Range, and witnessed firsthand the expansive capabilities the 27th SOW boasts to augment training of its special operations forces.

“We were proud to show Secretary James how AFSOC trains for mission success, and honored she trusts Airmen regardless of the risks,” said Col. James Johnson, the 720th Special Tactics Group commander and a special tactics officer.

James went on to say “Melrose provides a very unique training environment for air commandos to gain the experience, both in the air and on the ground, they need to execute worldwide operations.

“… I am continuously amazed by the caliber of Airmen we have working around the globe — Cannon is no exception,” she added. “The Airmen here are remarkable and the efforts out of this wing are instrumental to national security. This truly is a premier installation and Cannon’s air commandos are absolutely the tip of the spear.”

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