Cannon to receive $26 million from stimulus package

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Cannon Air Force Base is set to receive $26.4 million from the federal economic stimulus package.

Capt. Mae-Li Allison of Cannon Public Affairs said $12 million would go to a new Child Development Center, $12.8 million was earmarked for facility improvements and $1.7 million was headed to family housing work. The money comes from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“It’s definitely improving the quality of life for our airmen and their families,” she said.

According to a document on Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s Web site, the Child Development Center is scheduled to be finished in 2011. The stimulus money is funding 16 other projects.

Infrastructure improvements include roof repairs, water lines, ventilation and climate control systems and installation of fire hydrants, Allison said. She said the stimulus funds will also pay for replacing and improving family housing units and replacing a single airmen’s dorm.

According to a news release from the offices of Sen. Tom Udall and Bingaman, the state’s military installations are eligible to compete for $850 million in additional upgrades. Businesses and universities in the state can compete for $300 million in grants for energy-related research and development as well, the release said.

“Besides the obvious benefit of putting people to work, this significant investment in New Mexico also allows us to strengthen all of our military installations,” Bingaman said in the release.

Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque is receiving $28.7 million in stimulus money for 59 projects, Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo is getting $21 million for eight projects and White Sands Missile Range is receiving $11.2 million for 14 projects.