Pentagon seeks to ease concerns of BRAC panel

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials said Saturday in their final appearance before the commission reviewing their plan to close or scale back military bases that the changes do not overestimate savings and would strengthen national security. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s representatives sought to ease concerns of the nine-member panel […]

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 […]

5/25 BRAC letters to the editor

Many airmen have fond memories of Cannon In regard to the letter written by Floyd Shumpert of Dallas and his experiences as a young airman at Cannon Air Base: I can only relate that my time here as a “base ape” was entirely the opposite. Almost from the first day I arrived at CAFB I […]

Board votes to reduce energy costs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted unanimously Tuesday to contract with a firm that specializes in reducing energy costs in school districts. Energy Education, Inc. said the projected savings to the school district is $1.6 million in the next seven years. The program focuses on correcting the habits of faculty, […]

‘Save the Hubble’ squeaks deserve no more grease

Freedom Newspapers We don’t have anything against the Hubble Space Telescope, per se. We count as a success its mission to peer deeply into space and give astronomers and cosmologists a close-up view of objects once only imagined, as well as clues about the origin of the universe. But when NASA and the Bush administration […]

Proof of savings key hurdle for merger

Tom Philpott: Military Update columnist The biggest obstacle to consolidating three military exchange services into a single system will be proving to Congress and skeptical service leaders that the effort actually will save money for patrons, says retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Wax, director of the Unified Exchange Task Force. “My most difficult […]

Variable pricing option earns criticism

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite congressional criticism, and charges by military associations of benefit tampering, the Department of Defense has hired consultants to do a quick study on use of “variable pricing” in base grocery stores. By law, commissary items are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which is used to renovate […]