5/22 BRAC letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Most of the following letters were edited heavily for space considerations. Battle to keep Cannon open not lost When I first heard that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list, I simply could not believe it. My own 31-year Air Force career ended at Cannon in 1973. As […]

Clovis strong enough to survive Cannon closure

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Boy, that was a real Friday the 13th kind of thing last week wasn’t it, with our very own Cannon Air Force Base showing up on the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure list? I was stunned. It’s not like it couldn’t happen, but more like, “Why should it happen?” […]

Other viewpoints on Cannon closure

Editor’s note: Here are editorials published recently about Cannon Air Force Base and the Base Realignment and Closure process: Clovis, Curry deserve assistance, support of entire state From the Albuquerque Tribune Albuquerque dodged a bullet Friday, but now it will have to close ranks with New Mexico’s Cannon Air Force Base — targeted in the […]

Senators co-sponsor bill to halt BRAC

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s senators co-sponsored a bill Wednesday intended to stop the Base Realignment and Closure process in its tracks. But before it can be enacted, one of BRAC’s biggest supporters — President Bush — would have to sign it. The “postponement of 2005 round of defense base closure and […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Area ranchers willing to support Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Civilian workers ready for worst

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Pilkington gets his hair cut by Melissa Gallegos of Clovis on Friday at a barber shop at Cannon Air Force Base. Gallegos is among 600-plus civilians who work on the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Devastated to nonchalant — that was the gamut […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lack of news concerns Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Randy Harris recalls being on the steps of the Pentagon, the morning sun on the horizon, as the secretary of the Air Force drove up. Asked what he was doing there, Harris replied: “This is what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.” As a member of the […]

BRAC Q&A, part 4

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

BRAC Q&A: part 3

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

Q&A: Base Realignment and Closure

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

Toy store winds down

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis location of KB Toys is among 375 stores determined to be “underperforming” or that do not fit strategic plans and are slated for closure, according to a Wednesday press release from the company. A woman who identified herself as a manager said Wednesday evening that local employees were aware […]

Base closure criteria raises cheers and concerns for Cannon backers

Eastern New Mexico received an early Christmas present on Monday when the Department of Defense published its criteria for closing and realigning military installations in 2005. The standards suggest Cannon Air Force Base is a strong candidate for surviving the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and even for expansion. “If anything, we’re pleasantly surprised,” […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]