Senators demand base closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senators scrambling to head off proposed military base closings in their states are pressing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to release all the data used to decide which facilities to shut down. Nearly two dozen senators from Maine to Nevada signed a letter to Rumsfeld, saying […]

Air Force offcials defend decisions

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 […]

Rumsfeld warns tinkering with list could unravel defense network

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned a commission reviewing his proposal to close or downsize military bases that tinkering with even one facility could unravel plans for entire sections of the U.S. defense network. “One must be careful about taking a selective look at individual components or […]

Military retirees join efforts to fight closure

Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff Writer Whether they still go there once a week or rarely at all, retired military from the area agree — Cannon Air Force Base has been an important part of their lives. Many also agree that Cannon has assets enough to keep it open, but its position on the Base Realignment […]

Air Force officials: ‘Military value’ central to decision

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer “Military value” was at the center of the decision by the Department of Defense to place Cannon Air Force Base on the initial Base Realignment and Closure list, according to high-ranking Air Force officials. Maj. Gen. Gary W. Heckman said in a teleconference Friday the decision to recommend Cannon […]

Rumsfeld proposes shutting 33 major military bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon proposed Friday shutting about 180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also recommended a list of scores of other domestic installations — […]

Local supporters reacting positively to BRAC details

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local Cannon Air Force Base supporters are reacting positively to details released in Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press briefing Thursday. As specifics of the release circled through his dedicated community, Washington Committee member Randy Harris’ hope that Cannon will be absent from the list was boosted. “I […]

BRAC could spark small retiree migration

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Sometime between now and May 16, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will release a list of military bases the department wants closed, labeling them unneeded infrastructure that waste billions of dollars annually. Community leaders in affected areas will express shock and anger. Paid lobbyists will begin pumping out reasons why a […]

Base closings may not be drastic

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Far fewer military bases are likely to be closed and realigned than originally foreseen, in part because of the planned shift of tens of thousands of troops from bases in Asia and Europe to the United States, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld said surplus base […]

BRAC or no BRAC, Clovis will survive

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher If you stocked up on antacids recently because you’ll overeat at today’s Mother’s Day feast, save a handful for the rest of the week. You will need them. BRAC week is here. In eight days at the most, by May 16, all the guessing will be done. The world will know […]

Officials believe Cannon in solid position for BRAC process

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Cannon is home to 80 F-16 figther jets and more than 3,000 military personnel. (Courtesy photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dozens of United States military bases are expected to be targeted for closure this year. Federal officials have predicted as many as 100 of the nation’s roughly 400 bases will be closed. While […]

Politics, BRAC go hand in hand

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation, local supporters of Cannon Air Force Base and even some independent analysts agree Cannon has strong military value and should survive this year’s Base Realignment and Closure process. But the looming questions are whether BRAC commissioners will focus on military value — and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Base-closing list nothing more than hoax

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the […]

Governor releases report on state’s military bases

Staff and Wire Reports A report released Wednesday outlines some of the intrinsic values of New Mexico’s four military installations, including year-round training capabilities, abundant land and community support. The New Mexico Office of Military Base Planning and Support prepared the analysis in anticipation of next year’s base realignment and closure efforts by the U.S. […]

Firm will decide if Cannon in danger

By Darrell Todd Maurina PORTALES — State officials learned Friday that their team of hired consultants will tour New Mexico’s military bases this week to determine which ones may be in danger of closure. At Friday afternoon’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission in Portales, representatives of the Whitney, Bradley & Brown […]

Base closures may be delayed

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of other military bases across the country may not face closures until 2007 under legislation that was approved on Thursday. The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness passed a bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that would delay the Base Realignment and Closure Commission from […]

New law to assist Cannon

By David Arkin Those worried that New Mexico’s military bases could be shut down or realigned in the coming years can sleep a little easier now. The state’s top boss has signed a bill that he and his backers say will help prevent bases from being closed. On Friday, Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill […]

Bill for Cannon reaches Senate

By David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading […]