in Curry and Roosevelt Counties
On the high plains of eastern New Mexico near the Texas Panhandle lies Cannon Air Force Base, 8 miles west of Clovis, 80 miles south of Tucumcari and 90 miles northeast of Roswell, all in New Mexico, and 100 miles west of Lubbock, Texas.
Cannon AFB is home to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 27th Special Operations Wing. The wing is one of four Air Force active-duty special operations wings within AFSOC and is a pivotal component of AFSOC’s ability to provide and conduct special operations missions. It carries these out with a variety of aircraft, including the MC-130J Commando II, CV-22 Osprey, MQ-9 Reaper, AC-130W Stinger II and U-28A.
The base sits on 3,789 acres of land. Its Melrose Air Force Range training area, approximately 25 miles west of the base, is used for air-to-ground, small arms and electronic combat training and comprises about 70,000 land acres and 2,500 square miles
The workforce at Cannon AFB is made up of approximately 5,350 military and civilian personnel — 4,665 active duty and 457 civilian — plus 3,524 family members and 5,973 retirees who live in the area.
Cannon Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2017 totaled approximately $711.6 million, the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation calculated. It is the largest employer in Curry County and created 1,751 indirect jobs valued at $80.4 million in 2017.