Commissioners keep some bases open despite Pentagon’s wishes

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bucking the Pentagon, a federal commission voted Wednesday to spare a submarine base in Connecticut and a shipyard straddling the Maine-New Hampshire border, preserving a major military presence in New England and 12,000 defense-related jobs. On the first of at least two days of meetings, the base-closing panel […]

Governor: Cannon has “less than 50-50″ chance

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Governor: Cannon has ‘less than 50-50″ chance

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Defenders of Cannon Air Force Base will learn late this week whether three anxious months of lobbying can reverse the Pentagon’s decision to close the base. Beginning today, the nine-member Base Closure and Realignment Commission is scheduled to take a series of votes to settle the fate of Cannon […]

Congressmen want to slow down BRAC process

The Associated Press New Mexico’s two senators want to halt the base realignment and closure process at least until the Pentagon completes a defense review and most of the major combat units return from deployment in Iraq. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced Thursday they are sponsoring an amendment to the fiscal […]

Richardson plans meeting with pair of commissioners

Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a […]

Pentagon says Cannon has little to offer Air Force

By Marlena Hartz Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live ordnance. Defense Department […]

Principi letter questions BRAC choices

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 […]

Commission to look at data, hard facts

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out by […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

No other closure would have its economy hit harder

By Heather Wilson: PNT guest columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its […]