Cities across the country are fighting to keep their military bases in tact. The Pentagon has recommended the closing of 188 military facilities in an effort to save $49 billion over the next 20-years. Cannon Air Force Base is on that list. Cannon is housed in the New Mexico city of Clovis, just west of Lubbock.
Cannon has been home to the 27th Fighter Wing since 1958. Closing the base would mean the loss of more than 2,000 military jobs and nearly 400 civilian jobs. Colonel Jeff Harrell, Vice Commander of the 27th Fighter Wing says, " We realize there will be an impact on the local community. There will be an impact on the people who wear the uniform and the civil employees on this base." He adds their job though is to follow their orders.
Right now the community is trying to save the base which pumps more than $200 million into the annual economy. Terry Moberly, Chairman of Community of Fifty for the Clovis Chamber of Commerce says, "We are very committed to getting off that list and make sure we secure our future for that military installation." The chamber will gather evidence of Cannon's importance and present their findings to the Base Realignment and Closing Committee.
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