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 […]

Governor supports Cannon

By David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. […]

More money may be needed to keep bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Members of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission extensively debated whether the state has committed enough resources to protecting its military bases, according to Hanson Scott, a retired Air Force one-star general who serves as director of the commission. Scott said a major focus of Tuesday’s meeting in Albuquerque was […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Staff Sgt. Mike Amado and Airman 1st Class Stacy Brenenstall (front), 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, secure a Joint Direct Attack munition onto an F-16 prior to an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. COURTESY PHOTO: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE By Darrell Todd Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]

State bases gain support to stay open

Retired Rear Adm. Paul K. Arthur, Deputy to the Commanding General at White Sands Missile Range, is silhouetted as he writes summary information at Thursday’s New Mexico Military Base Commission meeting at Clovis Community College. CNJ:Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico’s military bases have a good shot at remaining open despite an upcoming […]

Committee in town to save military bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina A special committee of business and government leaders appointed to help keep New Mexico’s military bases is coming to Clovis today. The group’s chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, said she’s optimistic the state will present enough incentives to keep not only Cannon Air Force Base but also the state’s other three […]

People more valuable than slugs and bugs

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico It hasn’t been the most promising couple of weeks for the military campaign in Iraq. But on another important front, the home front, the Pentagon last week scored a quiet but significant victory over forces trying to undermine U.S. military readiness by restricting the use of training bases and emerging […]

New Mexico makes case for bases

By Darrell Todd Maurina Randy Harris, a Clovis banker and member of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, said he’s optimistic New Mexico won’t lose any of its four bases in an upcoming process of military cost-cutting. In fact, Harris said he hopes the state will gain from the federal process known as Base […]

Pentagon may be creative in condensing bases

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will take a creative approach to shrinking its military base structure, but has not yet set targets for the number of bases to be closed, a senior official said. Larry Di Rita, chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said the secretary has not instructed his […]

Could Cannon close? Unimaginable for some

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special […]

American gains finals

Clovis American first baseman Lucas Walthers throws a Roswell Noon Optimist runner out from his knees in Tuesday’s losers bracket final of the state 9-10 Llittle League tournament at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis American managed only three hits, all in the final inning, but took advantage of 12 walks […]

Zias dominate Roosevelt

Zia pitcher Abe Montoya fires a second-inning pitch in Wednesday’s Junior League championship game at Brady Field. Zia defeated Roosevelt County 9-2. Photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson On a night where nothing went right for Roosevelt County, everything went just right for the Zia All-Stars. Zia got instant momentum from a first-inning triple […]