Cannon Air Force Base To Get Stimulus

Cannon Air Force Base is getting a makeover with help from the economic stimulus plan.

"Facilities around Cannon are going to be needed especially with the amount of families moving here," said Rep. Ben Ray Luján, during a press conference outside the base.

In fact, over the next few years Cannon's active duty personnel is expected to double in size. But some facilities on base are not ready for the influx.

"The old [child development center] is about 30 years old and it doesn't meet a lot of the standards for child development centers," said Gerald O'Brien, 27th Special Operations Flight Chief.

In addition, the homes at the base no longer live up to the growing needs of the hundreds of families that live there.

"With the amount of time our airmen spend away, we need to make sure that our families have the support that they need," Luján said.

The economic recovery plan allocates $180 million to Air Force facilities across the country. Congressman Luján says the base meets criteria to receive funds because these construction projects will create more jobs.

"The whole intent of the stimulus is to put people to work immediately," O'Brien said. "So we are expecting, we are hopeful that in two or three weeks we will see something."

The amount is still unknown but Luján says the impact will reach the entire community. Once the funding is available, construction could begin in less than two years.