Cannon Air Force Base: More than just a military installment

Cannon Air Force Base: More than just a military installment

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CLOVIS, New Mexico -

Originally converted into an Army airfield during War World Two, Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico has gone through numerous iterations to get to the base it is today. 

The base is named after General John K. Cannon, the former commander of the Tactical Air Command. In 1959, it entered into a partnership with the 27th Fighter Wing, which still remains there today, albeit in a different form, the 27th Special Operation Wing. 

"Since Cannon was transitioned Air Force Special Operations a little over 10 years ago, the base was primarily a fighter and bomber base way before that so after 50 years of being a fighter base it really wasn't complimentary to our mission and the size of our aircraft," said Col. Michael Jackson, Commander of the 27th SOW. 

Over the years, more than a billion dollars has been invested in updating the base.

"We're improving our ability to train locally which then gives us results down range and the fight forward," Col. Jackson said. 

That means Jackson and the 27th have the ability to strike anywhere in the world with a superior force.

"We on any given day here fly six different very different platforms that you don't really see operate anywhere else."

The investment is not limited to inside the gates of Cannon. Just last year the base created an economic impact of $711 million for the community.

"We're involved in their success and their involved with ours. They're involved with our improvement projects, we're involved in their communities. Our families live in their communities so we're committed to investing and continuing that relationship moving forward."

To show their appreciation for the community surround the base, Cannon will host an air show Memorial Day weekend, showcasing what the base contributes to national security.

"We're very proud and we're excited to open our gates to show a little bit of what our capabilities are to the local community that's so valuable to us. I think they'll get a great look at some of the unique capabilities both in the air and in the ground. It's going to be a good time."

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature the Thunderbirds and Canadian Snowbirds along with the assets stationed at Cannon. 

Gates open at 9 a.m. with events starting at 10 and lasting through 5 p.m.

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