Press release: N.M. Military Bases to See Growth in Fiscal Year 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said he is very pleased that New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to see growth in fiscal year 2011.

According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled today, Cannon Air Force Base is expected to grow by 365 personnel, and receive three MC-130J aircraft and an additional seven MQ-9 (Reapers). Holloman Air Force Base is expected to grow by 90 personnel, and receive four F-22As, 12 MQ1 (Predators) and four Reapers. And Kirtland Air Force Base is expected to grow by 65 personnel, and will receive one CV-22 and one MC-130J aircraft.

“The plan the Air Force has set out for the next fiscal year is very good news for New Mexico’s bases. It adds personnel and equipment to Cannon, Holloman and Kirtland, signaling the Pentagon’s strong support for our state’s Air Force Bases,” Bingaman said.