Difficult decision ahead for panel

Lions Club

Members of the Lions Club show their support for Cannon Air Force Base as BRAC officials and state politicians travel down Prince Street on their way to the regional meeting on Friday morning at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The arguments to save Cannon Air Force […]

Commissioners: No bad bases

By David Irvin/Freedom Newspapers The top names from New Mexico’s leadership and the eastern New Mexico community walked into Marshall Junior High School auditorium Friday with a singular mission: Convince the Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that Cannon Air Force Base should not be shut down. Judging from the boisterous mood at a press conference […]

Clovis’ situation similar to Alabama air base

By Mike Linn: CNJ Correspondent SELMA, Ala. — For-sale signs and empty parking spaces are the norm on this city’s historic Water Avenue, where rotted wood hangs from second-story balconies and paint flakes from the buildings of long-forgotten businesses. It didn’t used to be that way, but much has changed in Selma since 1976, the […]

Pentagon responds to Senate subpoena

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, under subpoena from a Senate committee, has provided enough information on the military base closing process to satisfy Senate leaders, so no further legal action will be taken, senators said Friday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in a letter to […]

Utah base watching closely what happens with Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The future of Cannon Air Force Base is being watched closely even beyond eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Six Air Force bases across the United States stand to inherit F-16 fighter jets if Cannon is closed, including Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. “I can’t say there […]

Area officials find flaws in BRAC data

CNJ staff The Department of Defense has released information about specific criteria used in the compilation of its Base Realignment and Closure lists. Information, available for download on www.brac.gov, includes a system used to calculate cost of base realignment or closure information in regards to COBRA. Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris said a team […]

Strategic committee assembles for Cannon

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The strategic team formed to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure by the Pentagon came together Tuesday for the first time. Comprised of local groups, state groups and three paid lobbying firms, the strategic team set up shop at Clovis Community College and began divvying up responsibilities. […]

Connecticut sub base a ’minefield’ of pollution

By Matt Apuzzo: The Associated Press GROTON, Conn. — For decades, the land around the Navy’s oldest submarine base was a dumping ground for whatever it needed to dispose of: sulfuric acid, torpedo fuel, waste oil and incinerator ash. Now the Pentagon has proposed closing the base, leaving a huge swath of land that contains […]

Senators demand base closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senators scrambling to head off proposed military base closings in their states are pressing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to release all the data used to decide which facilities to shut down. Nearly two dozen senators from Maine to Nevada signed a letter to Rumsfeld, saying […]

Air Force offcials defend decisions

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 […]

Rumsfeld warns tinkering with list could unravel defense network

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned a commission reviewing his proposal to close or downsize military bases that tinkering with even one facility could unravel plans for entire sections of the U.S. defense network. “One must be careful about taking a selective look at individual components or […]

Military retirees join efforts to fight closure

Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff Writer Whether they still go there once a week or rarely at all, retired military from the area agree — Cannon Air Force Base has been an important part of their lives. Many also agree that Cannon has assets enough to keep it open, but its position on the Base Realignment […]

Air Force officials: ‘Military value’ central to decision

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer “Military value” was at the center of the decision by the Department of Defense to place Cannon Air Force Base on the initial Base Realignment and Closure list, according to high-ranking Air Force officials. Maj. Gen. Gary W. Heckman said in a teleconference Friday the decision to recommend Cannon […]

Rumsfeld proposes shutting 33 major military bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon proposed Friday shutting about 180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also recommended a list of scores of other domestic installations — […]

Local supporters reacting positively to BRAC details

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local Cannon Air Force Base supporters are reacting positively to details released in Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press briefing Thursday. As specifics of the release circled through his dedicated community, Washington Committee member Randy Harris’ hope that Cannon will be absent from the list was boosted. “I […]

BRAC could spark small retiree migration

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Sometime between now and May 16, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will release a list of military bases the department wants closed, labeling them unneeded infrastructure that waste billions of dollars annually. Community leaders in affected areas will express shock and anger. Paid lobbyists will begin pumping out reasons why a […]

Base closings may not be drastic

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer 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 […]

BRAC or no BRAC, Clovis will survive

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher If you stocked up on antacids recently because you’ll overeat at today’s Mother’s Day feast, save a handful for the rest of the week. You will need them. BRAC week is here. In eight days at the most, by May 16, all the guessing will be done. The world will know […]

Officials believe Cannon in solid position for BRAC process

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Cannon is home to 80 F-16 figther jets and more than 3,000 military personnel. (Courtesy photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While […]

Politics, BRAC go hand in hand

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and […]