Cannon Air Force Base

27th Special Operations Wing
601 N Chindit Avenue, Cannon AFB, NM, United States 88103
Air Force


Cannon Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base, located approximately 7 miles southwest of Clovis, New Mexico in Curry County. Home of the 27th Special Operations Wing (27th SOW), Cannon Air Force Base is named after General John Kenneth Cannon, a World War II Mediterranean combat commander and former chief of U. S. Air Forces in Europe. The missions of the wing include infiltration, exfiltration and re-supply of special operations forces; air refueling of special operations rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft; and precision fire support. These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations and information operations.
A variety of special operations aircraft are stationed at Cannon, including the AC-130W Stinger II, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, CV-22 Osprey and several versions of light and medium transport aviation aircraft. The AC-130W is assigned to the 73rd Special Operations Squadron, with all twelve becoming operational in 2010. There are over 4,667 active duty service members, 5,410 family members, 629 civilian personnel, and 5,974 retirees assigned to Cannon Air Force Base.


Report to your sponsor or your gaining unit’s CSS for unit in-processing information during normal duty hours. Your sponsor or CSS will direct you to the Commando Readiness Center, Bldg 600 first floor, for base in-processing, voucher, and scheduling mandatory Newcomers Orientation and Base Onboarding. After duty hours, weekends or holidays, contact your sponsor for further guidance if needed. If you want to make lodging reservations contact the Caprock Inn at 575-784-2919/DSN 312-681-2919. Lodging is located at 331 Eagle Claw Blvd., Building 1900.

In-processing instructions should accompany your welcome letter from your sponsor. If you have not received sponsor information within 45 days of your PCS and you need assistance to contact your gaining unit, go through your Command Support Section (CSS) at your current base.

Inbound federal service employees should report to the Civilian Personnel Office, located at the Base Support Center (Building 600, Room 2038) 110 Alison Ave during normal duty hours, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Cannon AFB main gate is just off US Highway 60-84 and is open 24/7 for your convenience. If you are arriving from the south on Highway 467, access the base through the Portales gate, which is also always open.

The Clovis Municipal Airport provides a base for general aviation and daily service by Boutique Air to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) is about 101 miles from the base, or a 2-hr. Drive by car.

The Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ) is 225 miles from Clovis. By car, it is about a 3.5-hr. drive.

Currently, no base transportation is offered at this installation.
You can contact The Clovis Shuttle, which provides service from Clovis, Lubbock, Amarillo, Roswell and Albuquerque airports to Cannon AFB. Call 575-749-4118 for current schedule and fares, and to make your reservation.


TRICARE Information and News


For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


Check the US News Health directory online at to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the local school district for other requirements. 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit


Portales Municipal Schools (575) 356-7000

Clovis School District (575) 769-4300

Arts Academy at Bella Vista in Clovis (K-6) (505) 769-4300 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


New Mexico Human Services Department (855) 227-5485
To ensure that every New Mexican who is entitled to benefits and support services receives them.

New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

New Mexico Humane Society (505) 255-5523

New Mexico State Police

City of Clovis

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Curry County, New Mexico

Clovis Animal Shelter

Base Operator (575) 784-1110/2801/2802 

Airman & Family Readiness Center (575) 784-4228

Balfour Beatty Housing (575) 784-7141

Base Exchange (575) 784-2141 

Base Exchange (575) 784-2141 

Caprock Inn Lodging Office (575) 784-2918/2919 

Chapel (575) 784-2507 

Child Development Centers (575) 784-2704 

Clinic Appointment Line (575) 784-2778 

Commissary (575) 784-4330 

Dental Clinic (575) 784-4041 

Dorm Management Office (575) 904-4230 

Education Office (575) 784-4184

Education Office (575) 784-4184 

Finance (575) 784-1161 

Housing Office (575) 784-2983 

ID Cards (575) 784-2658 

In-Processing (575) 784-2659 

Legal Office (575) 784-2211 

Library (575) 784-2786 

Main Gate (575) 784-6380 

Military Clothing Sales (575) 784-6630 

Relocation Assistance (575) 784-4228

School Liaison Officer (575) 784-1528 

Visitor’s Center (575) 784-2400



On-base housing at Cannon Air Force Base is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. You can contact them at 575-784-7141 or by email Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above will move into housing in the local community. Visit Cannon Family Homes for more information.

UH is provided for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living.

13.8 miles from base

Portales is a small town that offers additional housing and shopping opportunities in the area .

7.7 miles from base

Clovis is a medium-sized town east of the base with several great neighborhoods and shopping nearby.

Submit information about your neighborhood

We vet for Vets

Report To Base is the #1 site for vetted military friendly realtors that work with active duty, are well versed in VA purchases and virtual tours. We feature mortgage brokers who specialize in VA loans with competitive rates so you do not have to shop for low rates we do it for you. All our home inspectors are VA friendly and are backed by our community. At Report To Base we do all the work for you. All you have to do is click and call.

Be sure to let our partners know you found them at Report to Base!

Report to Base is the #1 site for vetted, trustworthy realtors, mortgage brokers and home inspectors. Report To Base does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is click and call.

Be sure to let our partners know you found them at Report to Base!


In Clovis, New Mexico, the climate is relatively moderate with low humidity and high winds throughout the year. Summers tend to be hot and high winds are common due to the flat, open land. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 91°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 99°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 21 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 3, with an average high of 91°F and low of 65°F. Tornadoes are known to occur during the summer season due to the fact that Clovis is located on the southern edge of Tornado Alley.

The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 23 to February 19, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 27°F and high of 51°F. Several inches of snowfall frequently occur each winter during the months of January and February.

The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from May 12 to September 28, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. Clovis receives approximately 18 inches of rain on average each year.

Compared to other cities in New Mexico and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Clovis, NM is 89, which is 4% lower than the New Mexico average and 11% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Clovis, NM are equal to the average for New Mexico and 6% lower than the rest of the country.

Cannon Air Force Base is located in Clovis, New Mexico. Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, with a population of approximately 39,860. Located near the New Mexico-Texas border, several “Clovis culture” sites were discovered in the 1930s. The Clovis people are considered to be the ancestors of most of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. Clovis gave its name to stone-age spear points that were found locally in 1929. Clovis points are the characteristically-fluted projectile points associated with the North American Clovis culture.

Also, Clovis is known for the Southwest Cheese Company, which is the largest cheddar cheese producer in North America.
Many performances and events take place at Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, and the Lyceum Auditorium, as well as at the Special Events Center, located adjacent to the county fairgrounds. The Clovis Music Festival is a popular local event held annually at the beginning of September hosted by the Clovis Civic Center. The Special Events Center holds events such as rodeos, auctions, and concerts.

The Clovis-Carver Public Library is located downtown and provides many services. Resources available to the public include books, study and research material, DVDs, access to computers and much more. The library also holds many public functions that are free to the public including author readings, summer reading programs for children and adults, and holiday programs. There is also a mobile program that delivers books to patrons who are homebound.

Other points of interest in the area include Hillcrest Park Zoo, Ned Houk Memorial Park, St. Bernard Farms, Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum, and Hillcrest City Park.

Local Churches

Join our community

Receive great PCS tips and additional resources