Local BRAC reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

Richardson continues lobbying in support of base

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Clovis Community College student Liz Alonzo watches the Base Closure and Realignment hearings on television Thursday at the college. Cannon Air Force Base’s future is expected to be decided today. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shortly after the end of Thursday’s Base Closure and Realignment deliberations, with the empty chairs of nine BRAC commissioners […]

Commission chair asks if Cannon can house F35s

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC […]

Governor takes last run at Commission

By David Stevens and Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he’s pitched one final idea to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in hopes of saving Cannon Air Force Base, but he would not say what that plan involves. Commissioners could decide Cannon’s fate as early as this afternoon. Richardson, in a […]

Cannon supporters have scenarios in place to save base

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A possible scenario for preserving Cannon would involve transferring A-10 planes from a naval base in Georgia. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Innovation could prove to be the key in the fight to save Cannon Air Force Base. It is a word, and a spirit, that New Mexico lawmakers, and some Clovis civilians, have […]

BRAC commission will begin deliberations Wednesday

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The stage is set and, in a matter of days, so will be the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will enter into final BRAC deliberations on Wednesday. The nine-member team is expected to complete their work — deciding […]

Governor addresses state’s tax-free holiday, Cannon’s BRAC status

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Gov. Bill Richardson signs autographs after speaking about this weekend’s New Mexico’s tax-free holiday Tuesday at North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gov. Richardson received a standing ovation from crowd of more than 70 who gathered Tuesday at the North Plains Mall to hear the Democrat promote Cannon […]

Oceana backers defend base

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Navy has found no better location for a master jet base on the East Coast than Oceana Naval Air Station, members of a commission considering closing the installation were told Monday. Accompanied by Virginia officials, four members of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

Top admiral to testify at naval base hearing

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base […]

7/31 BRAC Letters to the editor

BRAC panel should see process through I can’t believe four Base Realignment and Closure commissioners decided to recuse themselves from voting on issues that pertain to their home state. These commissioners were appointed by the president to perform a task that requires them to be fair and impartial. Here is a quote directly from the […]

Senators want to halt BRAC

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Cannon supporters cautiously optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in […]

Governor, others to meet with BRAC commissioners

CNJ staff Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a press release from Richardson’s office said. “I have made a commitment to meet face-to-face with all the commissioners […]

Pentagon defends base assessment

by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live […]

Cannon closure decision defended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said […]

BRAC recusals endanger validity of entire process

Freedom Newspapers Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers […]

7/14 BRAC Letters to the editor

Civilians can’t change military’s mind I have spent 15 years of my life at Cannon Air Force Base. I’m not from here, but in 1990 the Department of Defense assigned my Air Force spouse and family here; a mandatory assignment, due to a higher TAC (Tactical Air Command) need. I’ve seen it all as far […]

Base supporters unfazed by report

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A report recently submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission provides a peek into the 2005 Department of Defense BRAC process. The in-depth analysis, however, left local base supporters generally unfazed. Ret. Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the report, generated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reflects information […]

BRAC chairman questions Cannon AFB closure

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets […]

BRAC Hearing Transcripts

BRAC Hearing Transcript