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Clovis News Journal: Bill makes investment in future of New Mexico military bases

The bill that has to still pass both houses of Congress would promise $34.1 million to Cannon for construction projects, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

“The program includes three critical projects that support the special operations mission as well as Cannon (Air Force Base) airmen and their families,” said Capt. Larry van der Oord with the base’s public affairs office. “Included in the program is a new dormitory to house 144 single airmen. The dormitory is required to alleviate the shortage of adequate living quarters for the wing’s number one asset, airmen.”

Cannon’s share of the funds comes from a larger $10.7 billion budget for military projects across the nation.

Udall, a member of the Senate Military Construction subcommittee, said the legislation makes important investments in the future of New Mexico’s military bases supporting the people and communities who work there.

“My seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee gives me the best possible position to fight for New Mexico,” Udall said Monday. “Specifically, the bill includes $34.1 million for Cannon to begin construction on an airmen and family readiness center, dormitory and satellite dining facility.”

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