Located off of Highway 6084 a few kilometers west of Curry County, Cannon AFB lies between Texas and Roswell on the plains of Eastern Mexico. The base rests on about 3,790 acres of land. About twenty five miles from the base is The Melrose Air Force Range training area, which is used for training air to ground and small arms combat. Cannon was supposed to be closed down as an effect of BRAC 2005, but this didn’t happen due to political pressure. The base has many aircrafts stationed such as the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, and AC-130 H Spectre etc and as of 2010 all are fully operational.

Cost of Living: The cost of living in New Mexico is at par with USA, estimated at 1% higher than average for major US cities.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 575-784-4228 or (DSN) 312-681-4228

Base Population: Members on active duty are 4,577, family members 5,362, civilians 600 and 5,974 retirees.

City/Area Population: There are 37,775 people living in Clovis and 12,280 in Portales.

Child Development Centers: There is one CDC on base in Canon and one more off base. Both of them provide care for children between the ages of six weeks and 5 years. After school programs are not available. Call 575-784-2704 for details.

Youth Programs: The youth of Canon AFB have access to a wide range of recreational activities both indoor and outdoor. The programs offered are inclusive of summer camp, Homework club, Teen nights, Boys and Girls Club and various sports facilities. The facilities are available to children between the ages of 6 and 18.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 575-784-4228.

Employment: An employed military member’s spouse may avail unemployment compensation. For additional details you may contact the New Mexico Department of Labor at 505-841-4000.

Base Services: Many recreational activities are provided at clubs by the Support Services Squadron at the base for members and their families. Go to


 There is a commissary available on base with subsidized rates for military members and their family members.

Medical Services: There is a good, quick response community care clinic with ambulance service on base with services being available 24/7. The list of TRICARE service providers in the region can be accessed at 575-784-6975.


The namesake of the base comes from the late Gen. John K. Cannon a commander of Tactical Air Command. Though the history of the base goes back to the 1920’s the name was given to it only on July 8, 1957. Known as Portair, the base was initially used as a civilian passenger facility and served as a terminal for international flights. The name has been changed to Clovis Municipal Airport sometime in the 1930’s.

The base became Clovis Army Air Field in 1942 due to the war and soon started a heavy bombing training program before going inactive in 1947. The base remained in the control of Air Training Command till 1951 after which the Tactical Air Command took over. Around the same time the 140th Fighter-Bomber wing, a unit of the Air National Guard was stationed at the base and began operating.

In 1959, the newly named Cannon Air Force Base began a new mission of special operations in collaboration with the 27th Fighter Wing that is still intact. The change of status from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command in 2007 led to the 27th Fighter Wing being re-designated as the 27th special operations wing. Currently the workforce consists of 5,800 military and nonmilitary personnel.

The main objective of the base remains the same: To provide reliable and responsive air support for the U.S military. The base has the following units: 27th Special Operations Group, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group and the 27th Special Operations Medical Group.

Units: The base has the following units: 27th Special Operations Group, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group, 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group and the 27th Special Operations Medical Group.

Housing: All the required information about residences and housing options for Force personnel and their families are available in detail at http://www.housing.af.mil/ . The pet policy at Cannon does not allow dogs whose breed is considered “aggressive” or “potentially aggressive” in regard of safety of the members at the base. The following breeds are not allowed: American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chow, Wolf Hybrids, and Doberman Pinscher.

Photos of Base

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