Mission team scheduled to visit Cannon

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]

Mission team to visit Cannon

Staff and Wire Reports An eight-member Air Force team will visit Cannon Air Force Base next week to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base, officials said on Tuesday. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission rejected the Pentagon’s proposal in August to close the base, opting instead to keep it open temporarily. Cannon’s three […]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated PRess Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense […]

Base closure list approved, Cannon looks for mission

Staff Report The Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department’s infrastructure and force structure officially took effect Wednesday as expected, Air Force Press Service reported. The nine-member BRAC panel delivered its final report to President Bush on Sept. 8, and he, in turn, sent it to Congress for legislative review Sept. […]

BRAC report to be finalized on Wednesday

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Base Closure and Realignment Commission report will likely be finalized Wednesday by Congress, officially ending the latest BRAC process, according to local base advocates and New Mexico delegation spokespersons. Congress has 45 days from the day it receives the report from the president to enact a joint resolution to reject […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New Mexico military bases was underscored Friday at a meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. The cumulative economic impact of even a gradual withdrawal of jets at Cannon Air Force Base sans a new mission […]

Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete […]

Assessment team made for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Born Monday in the nation’s capital was a Cannon Air Force Base assessment team. Though in its infancy, the team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days, Gov. Bill Richardson said. A federal commission voted to remove Cannon’s F-16 squadrons in […]

Cannon bill clears committee

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Language approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would assure that personnel and assets are not lost at Cannon Air Force Base while the Secretary of Defense searches for a new mission for the base. The language, developed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., in consultation […]

Senators commit to finding mission for Cannon AFB

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. […]

Senators want bill passed to guarantee mission for Cannon

Jennifer Talhelm: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman said Thursday they hope to require the Pentagon to carry out a federal panel’s recommendation that a new mission be found for Cannon Air Force Base. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission last month handed Cannon a reprieve of […]

Domenici talks BRAC with subcommittee chair

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Tuesday received key support for ensuring the future of Cannon Air Force Base and set sights on finding federal legislation that can be used to bring a new mission to the base, a news release from his office said. Domenici met Tuesday with Sen. Ted […]

Base supporters view enclave as a positive

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to enclave the base as positive. “Now we have a definite opportunity. I don’t feel like we are in limbo. I feel like we have a known,” said Clovis banker and […]

Cannon advocates prepare for future endeavors of base

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group Committee of […]

BRAC Letters

Want to express your opinion about the future of Cannon Air Force Base? Write to Donald Rumsfeld at: Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Department of Defense Web site: www.defenselink.mil/ To send an e-mail: www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from […]

Keeping Cannon now means finding new mission

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for the […]

Saved – for now

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Saved for Now

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Marlena Hartz :Freedom Newspapers The federal debate that traced a course for Cannon Air Force Base was like the entire Base Closure and Realignment process — a lesson in patience and pendulation. The Commission early Friday afternoon did settle on a plan to spare Cannon from the BRAC list for closure — sort of. The […]

Lawmakers say Cannon would be good home for F-35

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers State legislators say Cannon Air Force Base, targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, makes economic sense as a future home for the Joint Strike Fighter. The fighter, also known as the F-35, is in the development stage and is expected to replace many of the jet fighters in […]