Clovis among 16 cities for BRAC hearings

By Mary Clare Jalonick: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s recommended base closings will travel to 16 cities this summer to hear from communities potentially affected. Between June 7 and July 14, commissioners will hold hearings in Salt Lake City; St. Louis; Dallas; Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore.; […]

Rancher opinions vary on BRAC

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may raise […]

Legislators making effort to delay BRAC process

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and realignment […]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Top Air Force officials told Base Realignment and Closure commissioners on Tuesday their “bold” proposals will reshape the Air Force, improving its ability to defend the nation. Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and Air Force Chief of Staff John Jumper said they considered four major factors in their decision to […]

May 18 Letters to the Editor

We should have braced ourselves for BRAC Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list. Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list. Kirtland will gain personnel and both […]

State, community leaders focus on defending Cannon

By Mary Perea: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say they will arm themselves with data and lead the charge to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said the staffs of the congressional delegation have worked with all the bases, but now it’s time to […]

Our Viewpoint: Emotions become fierce resolve

Hearing Friday morning that the Department of Defense wants to close Cannon Air Force Base after nearly 60 years as a premier training base was shocking, knock-your-breath-out-of-you news. That was Friday. Today, the emotions have evolved into a fierce resolve to keep Cannon open because it is in America’s best security interests. We believe in […]

Cannon Air Force Base one of 33 recommended for closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers We will fight this. The refrain could be heard Friday from the city offices in Clovis and Portales, to the governor’s office in Santa Fe, to the halls of Congress, where New Mexico’s congressional delegation vowed support in efforts to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Defense Department’s proposed […]

Base has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our […]

Cannon closure details

The Associated Press PENTAGON SAYS: Close Cannon Air Force Base and distribute active duty and Air National Guard aircraft to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and other bases Wisconsin, South Dakota, Maryland, Nevada and Utah. WHY: Cannon’s active duty F-16s will move to Nellis and Hill Air Force bases, which the Pentagon says have […]

Cannon on Friday’s BRAC recommendations

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. […]

Committee hopes for BRAC’s best, but prepared for its worst

By Marlena Hartz Randy Harris recalls being on the steps of the Pentagon, the morning sun on the horizon, as the secretary of the Air Force drove up. Asked what he was doing there, Harris replied: “This is what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.” As a member of the Washington Committee, a […]

Cannon supporters relieved by Rumsfeld statement

By Marlena Hartz Far fewer military bases are likely to be closed and realigned than originally foreseen, in part because of the planned shift of tens of thousands of troops from bases in Asia and Europe to the United States, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld said surplus base capacity is not as […]

Snakes scare me more than Social Security

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Is Social Security safe? We’re told that unless meaningful reform is implemented, the system will be bankrupt by the year 2050, which will plunge us into chaos, despair, and extreme whining. I don’t care, because I plan to be dead by then. So let’s forget about THAT problem. Instead, on […]

Clovis city council prepares in case of BRAC

By David Irvin In a show of solidarity Thursday night, community leaders announced they will aggressively work toward removing Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list in the event the base ends up on it. The Department of Defense has until May 16 to submit a list of military installations to […]

Supporters rally for N.M. bases

By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — On either side of the green rectangle Obee’s sandwich shop sign hang red, white and blue banners: “We support our troops” and “God Bless America.” Obee’s offers members of the military a 10-percent discount on its sandwiches, soups and sodas. Manager Dana Barbee […]

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers

Leslie_Radford@link.freedom.com Col. Lisa Firmin remembers when she joined the United States Air Force 25 years ago. It was a time when there were not many advantages to being a woman in the military. But she has been an instigator in changing those conditions. Her efforts over the years have altered what the military has to […]

Bingaman seeks funds for Cannon

PNT Staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today outlined his fiscal year 2006 spending priorities for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. In a letter to top Senate appropriators, Bingaman requested $5.5 million to upgrade the Munitions Storage Area at Cannon Air Force Base. The current munitions maintenance facility, which provide for […]

Air space expansion could help Cannon survive BRAC

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very speed […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]