Cannon impact study getting final review

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The wait to find out the future of Cannon Air Force Base is about over. The Secretary of the Air Force is expected to review proposed changes at Cannon this week as part of the base’s switch to Air Force Special Operations Command. Today marks the end of a […]

Sens. Bingaman, Domenici push for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

AFSOC considering overseas transfer

CNJ staff Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

Cannon funding frustrates Domenici

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates told U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Wednesday he supports establishing a special operations mission at Cannon Air Force Base and has asked Secretary of the Air Force Mike Wynne to follow up on infrastructure funding, according to information from Domenici’s office. Domenici expressed frustration with the Defense […]

Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

Fort Sumner greets AFSOC

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for a proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use of […]

Local officials ready to assist Air Force Special Ops, adapt to changes

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Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, speaks Tuesday in the public comment portion of the Air Force public hearing. The meeting was held at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants […]

Impact study based on three proposals

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Cannon Air Force Base Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer […]

Cannon may get second squadron

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal contacted officials with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission, Air Force Special Operations, via e-mail to learn more about plans for Cannon. AFSOC will assume ownership of Cannon in October, less than seven months down the road. Q: A recent publication indicated AFSOC […]

Special Operations team arriving to Cannon Sunday

CNJ Staff An Air Force Special Operations Command team will arrive Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base to gather information for the imminent transfer of Cannon ownership to AFSOC, according to an AFSOC spokesperson. “Everybody on the team is a subject matter expert who will look at the issues and challenges regarding the base transfer,” […]