GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico

Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office.

“AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of funding constraints, the decision to move about 1,400 of these people is under review by (Department of Defense),” according to the GAO report.

“Further, the expected number and pace of personnel growth may change further because (Air Force Special Operations Command) plans to bring fewer aircraft to Cannon than originally projected.”

The Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune are reviewing the document and working on a more complete story for Thursday’s paper.