Airmen’s center to go forward

CNJ Staff

Plans to build a new airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base will move forward now that the Pentagon has announced that the base will be home to an Air Force Special Operations wing, according to a press release from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

The funds had been frozen after the Department of Defense recommended the closure of Cannon.

The Air Force confirmed its intent to fund the $9.5 million center Thursday, according to the press release.

Funding for the project was originally secured in 2004, prior to Cannon’s inclusion on a list of bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense.

A federal commission spared Cannon from closure, and directed the department to find a new mission for the base. That mission, Special Operations, was announced Tuesday.