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 […]

Top admiral: Oceana has ‘robust’ future

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Navy’s top admiral reiterated the service’s position that Oceana Naval Air Station is the most sensible location for an east coast fighter hub during an appearance before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission. “I need now, your Navy needs now, Naval Air Station Oceana,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]