Congressional staff delegation visits Cannon
By Senior Airman Shelby Kay-Fantozzi, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 31, 2017
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Security and investigations staff assistants with the House Appropriations Committee visited Cannon to learn about the 27 SOW’s previous and ongoing Military Construction accomplishments.
Melissa Garcia and David Hickman were hosted by 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron deputy Steve Hill, who aimed to share the lessons that Cannon has learned in ten years of building up to the premier special operations installation envisioned by commanders past and present.
Hill explained that while a typical Air Force base might complete one MILCON project every couple of years, Cannon has executed close to 50 since 2007.
Cannon has undergone what is believed to be the largest MILCON program in the Air Force since 2007, Hill said, and the work’s not done yet: he also stated that the base has executed approximately $800 million of a planned $1.3 billion program.
After a trip to the air traffic control tower to get a bird’s-eye view of current and recent construction on base, the tour headed to the 551st Special Operations Squadron and 26th Special Tactics Squadron, two tenant unit facilities slated for improvements in the next few years.
Hill stated that Congress’s interest in Cannon’s challenges and accomplishments is a reflection of years of hard work identifying, planning, awarding and constructing projects unique to special operations forces.
“The fact that Congress has taken notice of the great work that has gone into Cannon is a testament to the role the 27 SOW is playing in keeping our nation safe and protecting our way of life,” said Hill. “Those who currently live and work on Cannon, as well as those who will follow in the future, can only benefit when those who are responsible for authorizing and appropriating funding have a deeper understanding of the processes involved in effectively utilizing those funds.”