BRAC contact info

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To express an opinion about BRAC, here is who to contact: BRAC Commission 2521 S. Clark St. Arlington, VA 22202 Phone: (703) 699-2952 Web site: www.defenselink.mil/brac The 2005 BRAC commissioners are: • Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs. • Former Nevada Rep. James H. Bilbray. • Philip Coyle of California, a […]

County joins drive to save base

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County has officially joined the drive to save Cannon Air Force Base from extinction. The Curry County Commission pledged $100,000 at Tuesday’s board meeting for efforts to spare Cannon from Base Realignment and Closure list. Donations gleaned from the cities of Clovis and Portales, the state, and private […]

5/17 Letters to the editor

Cannon, Clovis had impact on family The news that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list came just as I was leaving my civil service job at Tinker Air Force Base to attend my son’s graduation at Eastern New Mexico University last weekend. I was numb as I made the […]

Governor leads rally

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James Kratzer of Portales shows his support for Cannon Air Force Base on Monday at the town hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Library. Kratzer, 49, has been the civilian meteoroligist at Cannon for more than a year. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rounds of applause rippled through the North […]

Kirtland fought its way off list

By Marlena Hartz Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. Located on […]

Removing Cannon from list will be tough battle

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An F-16 fighter jet makes a low approach during a training mission in April at Cannon Air Force Base. The base is home to 80 F-16s jets. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Chad Lydick’s spring was characterized by a string of sleepless nights. As a member of the Washington Committee, a subgroup […]

Cannon rally needs you there

By Ray Sullivan: Guest Columnist 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 […]

List of closures only first step in long process

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Friday the 13th was a day that unfortunately lived up to its ominous reputation when the Department of Defense released its Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. In what I and the entire New Mexico congressional delegation believe is an enormous mistake, the Secretary of Defense included Cannon Air Force Base […]

Clovis officials vow to fight Cannon closure

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Clovis mayor David Lansford answers questions at a press conference about the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list Friday at the Clovis-Carver Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer We will fight this. The refrain could be heard Friday from the […]

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 […]