Clovis – A Cannon Air Force Base commander says he would like to see Clovis and Portales build at least 440 new homes in the next five years to house military families.
Colonel Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Command Wing, says the base is quickly reaching capacity on housing it has for the base's transition.
Clark says Cannon is expected to undergo major changes over the next two years. The base projects its manpower will be 4,900 people.
Clark expects two-thirds of Cannon personnel to live off-base.
He says Cannon's dormitories are at 98 percent capacity.
Base officials expect to fill 1,053 housing units by January. These units are at 76 percent capacity now.
Cannon expects to spend nearly $218 million next year, and up to $256 million by 2015.
Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com
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