Cannon Air Force Base will stay open - for now. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted six to one with two abstentions to turn Cannon into an enclave. That means Cannon's three F-16 fighter squadrons will move elsewhere. But, the base will continue to operate in a diminished state until 2010. At that time, the base must define a new mission to stay open. If it does not, the base will close.
New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman spoke to NewsChannel 11 on the phone Friday and said the state will start working on that new mission immediately. "We have a challenge now to persuade the Pentagon that there are other missions that can be brought to Cannon and should be brought to Cannon," said Senator Bingaman.
BRAC commissioners called Cannon the "most agonizing decision" they made all day.
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