Cost of Living:
Rental housing is available in a wide range of prices, depending on the area, size and condition of the home. Furnished housing is extremely limited, so plan to rent unfurnished. Homes with five bedrooms or more are generally unavailable. Most landlords do not allow pets. The median listing home price per square foot is about $129. The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is $650 – $1,200, 2 bedroom $800 - $1,400, 3 bedroom $1,350 - $2,400 depending on the area, and 4 bedroom $1,200 - $1,650.
Contact Military Housing for assistance at 575-904-5465/5462
Balfour Beatty Communities is also available on base. The wait time for housing on base varies and it is recommended that you contact them directly about the wait time and to be added to the wait list. Call 575-784-7141.
DOD Instruction 6055.4 mandates the use of helmets by military members on or off base. In addition, the wearing of high contrast/reflective vests is also mandatory for all operators on base and all military personnel off base. Military must attend Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training Course AFI 91-207. Contact 27 SOW Safety for further information at 575-784-7233.
Pets in Government Housing
Air Force Guidance Memorandum has set the following mandatory pet policy. Residents may not board dogs or any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed "aggressive or potentially aggressive". These dogs are defined as a Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or English Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow, and wolf hybrids. Housing residents already boarding pets prohibited by this policy may continue to board the pet until they terminate housing unless the pet demonstrates an aggressive behavior. Exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids, or any farm animals are not authorized in government housing.
Only two dogs, cats or 1 of each, are permitted per household in base housing and shall wear a collar or harness with current rabies and distemper vaccination tags attached. Cats and dogs are required to be licensed within Clovis city limits. If you obtain a pet after moving into government housing, you are required to register your pets with the housing office within 72 hours. Please call the Balfour Beatty housing office at 575-784-7141 if you have any questions.
Exceptional Family Member Program
Cannon AFB, Clovis and Portales NM are agriculturally based and located on high altitude desert with many medical specialists located two hours or more away, which can impact dependents with special medical needs. Please see the “Exceptional Family Member Program” article in this installation booklet for a complete overview of the EFMP program. Contact your local EFMP-FS representative at your loosing base Military & Family Readiness Center or your medical Primary Care Manager for further information and planning.
***NOTE: Check with your sponsor and CSS to coordinate with the Commando Ready Center 575-784-2700, Bldg. 1, 1st Floor for in-processing. Your sponsor and CSS will also help you with duty reporting instructions.***
Defense Service Network Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.
Base Directory, Information and Resources
There is no base operator. (575) is the area code for Cannon AFB, Clovis and Portales, New Mexico. Download the AF CONNECT APP and add the 27th Special Operation Wing to favorites for base directory, information and resources. You can also call gaining unit, sponsor, Public Affairs 575-784-4131 and the Military & Family Readiness Center 575-784-4228 for assistance.
General Mail Delivery Address
General DeliveryPSC Box 9999Cannon AFB, NM 88103
Air Force Guidance Memorandum has set the following mandatory pet policy. Residents may not board dogs or any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed "aggressive or potentially aggressive". These dogs are defined as a Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or English Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow, and wolf hybrids. Residents currently boarding pets prohibited by this policy may continue to board the pet until they terminate housing unless the pet demonstrates an aggressive behavior. Exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids, or any farm animals are not authorized in government housing.
Only two dogs, cats or 1 of each, are permitted per household and shall wear a collar or harness with current rabies and distemper vaccination tags attached. Cats and dogs are required to be licensed within Clovis city limits. If you obtain a pet after moving into government housing, you are required to register your pets with the housing office within 72 hours. Please contact the housing office at 784-4598 if you have any questions.
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.
In 1906, Santa Fe Railway engineers were ordered to locate a town site in the newly developing ranch and farm area of Eastern New Mexico for a terminal. Clovis was incorporated in May 1909. In the mid 1920's, Portair Field was established on Cannon's site. It was a civilian passenger terminal for early commercial transcontinental flights. In 1942, Clovis Army Air Base was the first military unit to use the facility as an Army glider detachment. In 1943, heavy bombers arrived and it was renamed Clovis Army Air Field and in 1947, the installation was inactivated. In July 1951, the base became the responsibility of Tactical Air Command and was home to the P-51 Mustang. In November 1951, the base officially became Clovis Air Force Base. On June 8, 1957, the base was renamed Cannon Air Force Base in honor of the late General John K. Cannon, a former commander of the Tactical Air Command. For more history on Cannon AFB visit the installation's homepage.
Cannon's population is approximately: 5,246 active-duty service members, 5,099 retirees, 511 GS, and 204 NAF civilians.
The Clovis population is approximately 37,481. Portales population is approximately 11,909
Cannon AFB is located approximately eight miles west of Clovis (Curry County), New Mexico, directly off Highway 60/84. Cannon is approximately 80 miles south of Tucumcari, 51.1 miles east of Ft.Sumner, 100 miles west of Lubbock, Texas, and 90 miles northeast of Roswell, New Mexico. This rural, high desert region of New Mexico is agriculturally based and has a medium/high cost of living.
The Cannon AFB main gate is just off U.S. Highway 60-84. People arriving on US Highway 70 (from the south) should take State Highway 467 to the Portales gate. Both gates are open 24/7.
Upon arrival, connect with your sponsor, Command Support Section, or Commando Readiness Center (bldg. 600 first floor) during normal duty hours. Civilians should report to the civilian personnel office, 110 Alison Ave., during normal duty hours. If you are staying on base, Caprock Inn (billeting) is located at 331 Eagle Claw Blvd., Building 1900. To make reservations call 575-784-2918/DSN 312-681-2918.
Prior to arrival, contact your sponsor or CSS to identify your transportation needs. If you are not flying into Clovis Municipal Airport, other airports options are in Lubbock, TX (approximately 1 1/2 hours away); Amarillo, TX (Approximately 2 hours away); Roswell, NM (approximately 2 hours); and Albuquerque, NM (approximately 4 hours away) from base.
You can contact The Clovis Shuttle; provides service from Clovis, Lubbock, Amarillo, Roswell and Albuquerque airports to Cannon AFB. Call 575-749-4118 for current schedule and fares. Reservations are required! You can arrange for the shuttle to drop you on or off base. They accept pets in kennels; may be an additional fare.
From Amarillo, Texas
If driving, take I40 to I27 South toward Lubbock; turn west on Highway 60 at Canyon, TX. Stay on Highway 60 to Texico, NM where you'll pick up Highway 84 west to Clovis (approx. 7 miles). Cannon AFB is approximately 7 miles west of Clovis, still on Highway 60/84.
Greyhound Bus Lines are available from Amarillo call 800-231-2222 for current schedule and fares. The bus stops in Clovis but you have to make arrangements for transportation with your sponsor. There are no taxi or shuttles to Cannon AFB.
From Lubbock, Texas
If driving, take Highway 84 west (passing through Littlefield TX, Muleshoe TX, and Farwell TX) in to Clovis NM and Cannon AFB.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides service from Lubbock call 800-231-2222 for current schedule and fares. The bus stops in Clovis, but you have to make arrangements for transportation with your sponsor. There are no taxi or shuttles to Cannon AFB.
From Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kirtland AFB is located in Albuquerque; base information is provided for your convenience while in transit. For Lodging at Kirtland (on a space available basis), please call (505) 846-9653. For transportation call 505-846-2396 (if no answer call the Command Post at 505-846-6432).
If driving from Albuquerque, take I40 East approximately 116 miles to Santa Rosa. At Santa Rosa, exit to Highway 84 South 48 miles to Fort Sumner, then go east about 58 miles to Cannon AFB.
To fly directly into Clovis Municipal Airport, you can contact Denver Air Connection at 866-373-8513 and online at denverairconnection.com for bookings and flight information.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides bus service from Albuquerque to Clovis call 800-231-2222 for ticket information.
Currently there is no base transportation on this installation.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.