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Lt. Gen: MOAB came from Cannon


Last updated 6/3/2017 at 1pm

The “Mother of all bombs” the U.S. dropped April 13 on Afghanistan was delivered by an aircraft from Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

That’s the word from Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, who spoke at Friday’s 27th SOW change of command ceremony in a hangar on base.

The historic airstrike targeted an ISIS position in the Nangahar province of Afghanistan.

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb is the “most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal” and saw its first combat use in the April airstrike, according to the New York Times.

The bomb was developed at Eglin AFB in Florida, near Hurlburt Field, according to Matt Durham, an AFSOC public affairs spokesman.

Another AFSOC public affairs spokesman, Maj. Kristen Duncan, confirmed that “a Special Operations aircraft from the 27th SOW dropped the MOAB.”

A representative from the Office of the Secretary of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.


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