CURRY COUNTY, N.M. (KFDA) - With the upcoming air show at Cannon Air Force Base, we went behind the gates to see what the base is doing to say thank you to the community and hopefully inspire some new recruits.
"An air show is a great platform to showcase our unique capabilities in Air Force Special Operations Command," said Colonel Michael Jackson, Commander for the 27th Special Operations Group. "America invests, our local community invests a great deal in our airmen and in our mission. We designed the event to build new relationships, bolster existing ones and strengthen our mutual support for our air commandos serving worldwide in defense of our freedom."
The Air Force will have multiple aircraft on display critical to their mission.
We were able to take flight in a CV-22 Osprey.
On any given day, the base is flying six unique platforms that support their mission.
"Roughly $1.3 billion has been put into these base renovations to make it the premier installation that it is today," said Colonel Jackson. "The economic impact just from this base and the improvements we have ongoing from 2017 was $711 million. Bottom line, we can't do it without our local partners. We can't do our mission without them."
When people come to the Air Commandos on the High Plans: Air Show, Space & Tech Fest, the base hopes visitors will see just how engrained they are in the success at Cannon.
"We consider ourselves all part of one big family between Clovis, Portales, Cannon and really the larger region," said Colonel Jackson. "A wide variety of things for every member of your family to come see. The space aspects are going to be included in a particular hanger that we have set up for STEM where kids are going to be able to come and do interactive activities."
The Air Force hopes some future recruits will be attending and inspired by the sights they see.
"I went to my first air show when I was about half your size. I went to a lot of them," said Colonel Jackson. "We're super excited to get our youth and our family members into our gates here at Cannon Air Force Base to showcase our unique capabilities and high tech capabilities that we have.They are potentially the future air commandos, we want to show them what they can be a part of, what's out there, so that way they can maximize their potential."
The 2018 Air Commandos on the High Plains: Air Show Space & Tech Fest takes place at the base on Memorial Day weekend.
Admission is free.
Gates will open at 9 AM and events are scheduled from 10 AM to 5 PM on May 26 and May 27 for the community to take a look behind the guarded gates at Cannon Air Force Base.