October 13, 2008 at 9:58 PM CDT - Updated July 3 at 9:40 AM
Due to it's Middle East-like conditions, Cannon Air Force Base will now be home to a new gunship squadron from Florida.
Officials says operations officers will have to adjust to new mexico's elevation, temperature and air density. The squadron will work on lowering the aircraft's operating weight by carrying less fuel, gear and personnel. Training exercises will be shorter, but more frequent.