July 26, 2006 Letter to the Editor

I want to personally thank all the folks at Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding communities of Clovis and Portales for the first-class hospitality and gracious hosting of our visit. This was a fantastic opportunity for members of the Air Force Special Operations Command family in Florida to experience first-hand the spirit and excitement and genuine warmth of this community.

I know that our visit was a whirlwind tour — merely a peek at a great community — but I am genuinely impressed with the housing, schools, churches, medical and higher education facilities that are available for the families of AFSOC. Couple that with your great relationship between the base and local area and I can think of no finer recipe for a superb quality of life experience here in the Southwest.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of untold numbers of people, both at the 27th Fighter Wing and in Clovis and Portales. I know it was no small feat to coordinate all the activities, but they made this visit a rousing success. On behalf of myself, members of AFSOC, and our spouses, I sincerely thank each and everybody who contributed to a memorable tour of Cannon and the Clovis/Portales area.

Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley
United States Air Force