Cannon Air Force Base
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Cannon Air Force Base is named in honor of General John K. Cannon, a former commander of the Tactical Air Command and is located six miles west of Clovis and is 4,295 feet above sea level. The history of the base began in the late 1920s, when a civilian passenger facility, Portair Field, was established on the site.
Since then until present time, Cannon has had a rich history of different missions.
On May 13, 2005, Cannon AFB was placed on the DoD BRAC list for closure. A BRAC Commission public hearing was held in an effort to get Cannon AFB off the list.
On August 26, 2005, the BRAC recommended that Cannon AFB be placed in an enclave status until Dec.31, 2009. Finding a new mission for Cannon was a top priority for the Air Force. Local and public officials worked diligently to insure Cannon’s assets were fully utilized.
On June 20, 2006, it was announced that Cannon AFB will become the 16th Special Operations Wing. The AFSOC expansion to Cannon offers training conditions similar to that in the Pacific theater and meet the objectives of global defense. The Melrose Bombing Range and surrounding region open up new and unrestricted training opportunities for the Special Operations Wing.
The new CV-22 Osprey, will be assigned to the new wing at Cannon. Other potential aircraft for Cannon are AC-130U gunships and the MC-130H Combat Talon II.
Currently, more than 4,000 active-duty members and civilians make up the work force at Cannon Air Force Base. By the year 2008 that number is expected to swell to over 5,000.
Clovis and Cannon have an enviable base/town relationship. The Committee of Fifty is part of the Clovis/Curry County of Chamber and is a group of people that have a world-renowned reputation for their support of Cannon AFB personnel and their families. They, along with the whole community of Clovis look forward to welcoming the 16th Special Operations Wing, their personnel and their families.
Cannon members volunteer thousands of hours each year to organizations in the surrounding communities, including mentoring and tutoring local school children, participating in city chamber activities, helping scouting groups, churches and veterans organizations.
Annually the Chamber, Committee of Fifty and Clovis Industrial Development Corp., along with local business leaders host 'Cannon Appreciation Day.' They serve the entire base with barbecue and give away thousands of dollars of prizes that have been collected amongst the community and enjoy an afternoon of games and camaraderie.
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