Cannon to build new airmen center for growing base

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) _ Cannon Air Force Base is building a $9.9 million dining, recreation and services facility in anticipation of a growing population of airmen.

Cannon spokesman Staff Sgt. Brandon Seals says the two-story building will be ready to furnish by the end of the year. He says Cannon needs a larger facility to accommodate more airmen.

Base officials estimate Cannon's population to reach between 4,400 and 5,000 by 2014, compared to the current population of about 2,000 airmen. Seals says 1,000 more people are expected by next summer.

The new center replaces the base's current dining facility and its Airman's Center, which Seals says houses a post office, the honor guard and the base community center.

Information from: Clovis News Journal,