Growth committee told base personnel numbers have bottomed out

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico

The Local Growth Management Committee learned Wednesday that personnel levels at Cannon Air Force Base have bottomed out and numbers will begin to increase.

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said he learned from base officials during a Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday that the trough in personnel levels that was expected during the base’s transition from a jet fighter base to Air Force Special Operations reached its lowest expected levels this month. He said the Air Force is expecting more arrivals next month and from there the community should see a slow, steady growth.

According to CAFB public affairs, the base’s personnel numbers at the end of March were 1,930 airmen, 530 civilians and 2,986 dependents.