WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that at least $87 million will be spent on upgrades at New Mexico military installations.

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, according to a story published today by InsideDefense, an Internet news service covering defense and the aerospace industry. The InsideDefense copyrighted story quoted Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne as telling reporters after a Wednesday Senate hearing, “The […]

Cannon mentioned as possible nuclear reactor site

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base was mentioned as a possible site for a nuclear reactor in Air Force discussions about alternative energy. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned […]

BRAC panel member warns not to rush

By Dave Montgomery: Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — A member of the nation’s base-closing commission suggested Wednesday that the military wants to close some bases that could be needed later. “We shouldn’t rush into closing down facilities that we may need in the future,” former congressman James Bilbray said as the Base Realignment and Closure […]

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 — […]

Community awaiting word from Washington

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a show of solidarity Thursday night, community leaders announced they will aggressively work toward removing Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list in the event the base ends up on it. The Department of Defense has until May 16 to submit a list of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Base Planning Commission optimistic about keeping Cannon

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis banker Randy Harris said he’s optimistic going into today’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, a group established by the New Mexico Economic Development Department to help keep the state’s military installations open. Items on the published agenda for the 2 p.m. meeting in Albuquerque include the […]

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 […]

Military base panel to hold its first meeting

By Darrell Todd Maurina A new commission created by the state Legislature to help New Mexico military installations holds its first meeting today in Las Cruces and will discuss the upcoming federal Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC. The 15-member commission is part of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and includes three […]