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 […]

5/17 Letters to the editor

Cannon, Clovis had impact on family The news that Cannon Air Force Base was on the Base Realignment and Closure list came just as I was leaving my civil service job at Tinker Air Force Base to attend my son’s graduation at Eastern New Mexico University last weekend. I was numb as I made the […]

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 […]

Civilian workers ready for worst

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Pilkington gets his hair cut by Melissa Gallegos of Clovis on Friday at a barber shop at Cannon Air Force Base. Gallegos is among 600-plus civilians who work on the base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Devastated to nonchalant — that was the gamut […]

Removing Cannon from list will be tough battle

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An F-16 fighter jet makes a low approach during a training mission in April at Cannon Air Force Base. The base is home to 80 F-16s jets. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Chad Lydick’s spring was characterized by a string of sleepless nights. As a member of the Washington Committee, a subgroup […]

List of closures only first step in long process

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Friday the 13th was a day that unfortunately lived up to its ominous reputation when the Department of Defense released its Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. In what I and the entire New Mexico congressional delegation believe is an enormous mistake, the Secretary of Defense included Cannon Air Force Base […]

Clovis officials vow to fight Cannon closure

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Clovis mayor David Lansford answers questions at a press conference about the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list Friday at the Clovis-Carver Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer We will fight this. The refrain could be heard Friday from the […]

Lack of news concerns Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Randy Harris recalls being on the steps of the Pentagon, the morning sun on the horizon, as the secretary of the Air Force drove up. Asked what he was doing there, Harris replied: “This is what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years.” As a member of the […]

BRAC Q&A, part 4

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]

BRAC Q&A: part 3

The Base Realignment and Closure process begins this month with the announcement of BRAC commission members. The committee is charged with recommending military installations for closure or realignment. The Clovis News Journal is publishing a daily Q&A on BRAC-related issues. If you have a question, please submit it to Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com Q […]