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Cannon Air Force Base Inactivates 524th Squadron

"It's every fighter pilots goal to command a squandron and it's been my honor to command the 524th,"  says Lieutenant Colonel David Walker. "It's every fighter pilots goal to command a squandron and it's been my honor to command the 524th," says Lieutenant Colonel David Walker.
"You never know when the nation calls the 524 will be ready to stand up and be ready for future events," says Major Jason Cockrum "You never know when the nation calls the 524 will be ready to stand up and be ready for future events," says Major Jason Cockrum

They served in five wars, flying 15 aircraft, over seven decades. Now the 524th Fighter Squadron retires at Cannon Air Force Base. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains why the inactivation ceremony was difficult for some airmen.

The "Hounds of Heaven" were first called up in early 1941. They served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. So you can imagine the tradition, comraderie and sacrifice that has grown over the years and now has to be let go.

"It's every fighter pilots goal to command a squandron and it's been my honor to command the 524th. So to see the flag closed, it hurts quite a bit but it's a natural progression in the Air Force," says Lieutenant Colonel David Walker.

The 524th was inactivated to make way for the 27th Special Operations Mission which took it's number from the current fighter wing to keep with tradition. The squadron flag was ceremoniously rolled up and incased for now, but not necessarily for good. It can be called upon to serve in the future if need be.

"You never know when the nation calls the 524 will be ready to stand up and be ready for future events," says Major Jason Cockrum, who served as Director of Operations for the 524th.

Lt. Colonel Walker, who commanded the squadron on its' last mission in Iraq says the "Hounds" are now a legend.

"I'm so proud of my Hounds, they did a great job defending this nation and they've put their lives on the line and are ready to do it any day, anytime."

This is the second squadron at Cannon to be inactivated this year. The only one left is the 522.

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