Cannon, AFSOC leaders brief communities on new mission

Col. J.D. Clem Air Force Special Operations command deputy director for plans and programs, briefed the Clovis community Monday evening at CCC on Cannon’s new mission.

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Cannon and Air Force Special Operations Command leaders held three community meetings this week to garner public input about the move of AFSOC assets to Cannon AFB beginning October 2007.
Col. Valentino Bagnani III, vice commander, 27th Fighter Wing, opened the meetings with the status of the 27th FW, stating that until the transition, the 27th FW will continue “business as usual,” supporting the War on Terror.
The meetings are part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Fires breaking out on undeveloped lands, leasing rights, and cattle ranching changes were major concerns expressed during the meetings. Col. J. D. Clem, AFSOC deputy director for plans and programs, agreed that these are valid concerns that should be placed in the EIS
He said the study would address the compatibility of AFSOC assets and the environment. Federal decision makers will have this information available to them before making an informed decision regarding the movement of particular assets.
In addition to the meetings, there are other opportunities for the community to participate. The EIS timeline includes a 45-day public comment period as well as a 30-day waiting period before a final decision is made.
Individual comments or questions can be addressed to:
Mr. Carl T. Hoffman
427 Cody Ave , Ste. 225
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544
Letters should be sent by Oct. 5.