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Change of Leadership at Cannon AFB

"I believe the economic impact this base has on the area is just phenomenal," said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. "I believe the economic impact this base has on the area is just phenomenal," said Clovis Mayor David Lansford.

There is a new man in charge at Cannon Air Force Base. During a change of command ceremony today, Colonel Scott West passed on control of the base to Colonel Timothy Leahy.

Colonel Leahy will now be the first commander of the 27th Air Force Special Operations Command. "Colonel Tim Leahy is a fine Special OPS. He is very very experienced and a great leader," said Lieutenant General Michael Wooley, head of the Air Force Special OPS.

Residents of Clovis are happy the base's future has officially been secured. Two years ago the Pentagon recommended the base be shuttered. It was saved. "Half of my business comes from people who live on the base," said Sarah LaClear. LaClear owns a furniture shop in Clovis and is also a real estate agent. She says the town is expecting to see some big gains with the 27th AFSOC.

"They are excited (the residents). We think our town is going to keep growing. The housing market is supposed to be picking up and all the other businesses are going to be picking up too," said LaClear. An economic impact study found that had Cannon been closed it would have cost the city of Clovis alone $92 million and thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly. "We know things are going to get better from here," said LaClear.

That was the sentiment from politicians, military officials, and residents alike. "I believe the economic impact this base has on the area is just phenomenal," said Clovis Mayor David Lansford.
  

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