The Air Force has issued a “prospectus” on Cannon AFB, N.M., distributing it throughout the federal government, and plans to hold informal workshops in the Washington, D.C., area on March 9 and 10 and in New Mexico in April and May, say Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). Those actions signal solid steps forward in finding a new mission for Cannon, according to the two Senators. Both say they believe a military mission would be best, but they acknowledge that opening the process to all federal agencies was part of the BRAC 2005 plan. The Air Force also told them that USAF will refer its decision on Cannon’s future to DOD this summer. (Brochure and fact sheet.)
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.