Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental […]

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 […]

Senator questions Chief of Staff about future training needs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Air Force Chief of Staff said Wednesday the future airplanes and weapon systems will need wide open spaces for good training. The testimony came during a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee meeting in Washington to review the Air Force’s budget requests for the 2006 fiscal year. “The very […]

Retired officer served on base closure commission in 1995

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Retired Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles Jr. served on the eight-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission during the last round of base closures in 1995. The San Antonio, Texas, resident and chief financial officer of USAA Financial Services talked about his experience on the commission and how the BRAC process […]

Reactions mixed at Cannon airspace expansion hearing

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Area ranchers’ dissent toward the Air Force’s proposed air-space expansion surrounding Cannon Air Force Base was countered by support from Clovis residents’ at a town hall meeting Friday evening. About 100 people attended the final of four public forums to discuss concerns or voice support about a proposal to […]

Air Force gathers public reaction to air expansion

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Under the expansion, supersonic operations would be authorized at altitudes of 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level in seven counties across eastern New Mexico. (Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — A Cannon Air Force Base proposal to expand military airspace met resistance and support during a […]

Ranchers raise concerns

By Tara May: Roswell Daily Record ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including […]

Senator wants former governor on BRAC commission

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., plans to push for a “fair and adequate evaluation” of New Mexico’s military bases as the nation heads into another round of base realignments and closures. Domenici said during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that he wants “objective findings regarding the validity […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]

More room to roam

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by Mike Linn If approved, Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed airspace expansion will allow pilots to better train for combat and decrease Cannon’s chances of ending up on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list, military officials and community leaders said this year. Cannon officials began the first of many steps to implement the airspace […]

Domenici: Cannon in good shape for BRAC

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Congressman Pete Domenici, center, addressed community leaders about BRAC issues while in town Tuesday. State Sen. Stuart Ingle is on the left. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Not supporting base a negative message

Letters to the Editor I was making my way along Prince Street recently when I noticed a sign outside a restaurant that read: “Jet noise is good for the economy.” I am astounded that we have to rely on a restaurant marquee to remind us of what is important to our community and to our […]

Cannon defends sonic booms

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An F-16 from Cannon’s 522 Fighter Squadron fires a dummy missile during a training exercise. Courtesy photo. By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials […]

Some ranchers against Cannon airspace increase

By Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon […]

Cannon discusses expansion

By Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base […]

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,” […]