Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]

Eastern New Mexico strikes BRAC

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By David Irvin The arguments to save Cannon Air Force Base were compelling. And the base itself is impressive. So said Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in Clovis on Friday for a regional hearing. But commissioners also had words of caution for Cannon supporters: The nation has many outstanding bases, they said, and the decision […]

Commissioners: No bad bases

By David Irvin/Freedom Newspapers The top names from New Mexico’s leadership and the eastern New Mexico community walked into Marshall Junior High School auditorium Friday with a singular mission: Convince the Base Realignment and Closure commissioners that Cannon Air Force Base should not be shut down. Judging from the boisterous mood at a press conference […]

Base closure was punch that sent Selma’s economy to mat

By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers SELMA, Ala. — For-sale signs and empty parking spaces are the norm on this city’s historic Water Avenue, where rotted wood hangs from second-story balconies and paint flakes from the buildings of long-forgotten businesses. It didn’t used to be that way, but much has changed in Selma since 1976, the […]

Other bases await Cannon’s fate

By Marlena Hartz The future of Cannon Air Force Base is being watched closely even beyond eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Six Air Force bases across the United States stand to inherit F-16 fighter jets if Cannon is closed, including Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. “I can’t say there is a direct […]

Bush defends base closings, says money should be spent on war

The Associated Press By Jennifer Loven ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Speaking out for the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President Bush said Friday the nation is wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needs the money for the war on terrorism. Bush, who faces opposition from many states to shutting down […]

Air Force officials praise ‘bold’ plans iwth BRAC

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 […]

Panel seems generally receptive to Pentagon’s closure proposals

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A commission charged with reviewing the Pentagon’s proposal to close or downsize 62 major domestic military facilities sounded largely receptive as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testified Monday that the sweeping reorganization was vital to U.S. success in the war on terrorism. “The changes are essential in […]

Base-closing to affect all

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The shifting of troops and jobs from the Northeast to the Sunbelt and the West. The consolidation of scores of Reserve and Guard sites across the map. Mergers throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to create super-sized multipurpose bases. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld […]

Morning to arrive with BRAC list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Local Cannon Air Force Base supporters are reacting positively to details released in Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press briefing Thursday on Base Realignments and Closures, more commonly known as BRAC. As specifics of the release circled through his dedicated community, Washington Committee member Randy Harris’ hope that Cannon […]