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 […]