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AFSOC meetings scheduled next week


27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Public invited to learn more about October 2007 move

The public is invited to attend three area meetings scheduled next week to learn more about environmental impact issues when the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) assumes command of Cannon Air Force Base in October 2007.

All meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. The first will be on Monday at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. in Clovis. The second meeting will be on Tuesday at Clayton High School, 323 South Fifth, Clayton and the third meeting will be on Wednesday at the Fort Sumner Community House, 137 East Baker Ave. in Fort Sumner.

AFSOC proposes to transfer aircraft and personnel from Hurlburt Field, Florida, to Cannon, along with assets that may include weapons systems, equipment and personnel. In addition to considering what assets should be housed at Cannon, AFSOC is also considering how to best use existing facilities, and what facilities may need to be built for the new mission.

Approximately 90 aircraft and 3,500 personnel will be moved to Cannon, along with possible construction of additional facilities at Melrose.

Locations for outlying drop zones within or outside Melrose Air Force Range, or water training within two hours travel from Cannon may also be identified for training use.

Possible impacts on the environment will be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that AFSOC is compiling.

For more information, send written comments before Oct. 5. to:

Mr. Carl T. Hoffman


427 Cody Avenue, Suite 225

Hurlburt Field, Florida 32544-5434

General information questions should be sent to:

Cannon AFB Public Affairs

Capt. Rebecca Garcia

Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. 88103

(505) 784-4131


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