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May 20, 2005 L l
Cathey A. Cline
1500 S Avenue K
Po-tales, NM 88130
The Honorable James H. Bilbray
I am very concerned about the BRAC Commission's decision to close Cannon Air Force
Base. I do not believe the Commission is fully aware of the unique attributes that Cannon
offers to our national defense. These include an abundance of air space and no
encroachment issues, a bombing range that is only seconds away, the airspace to fly at
supersonic speeds, and ideal year-round flying weather, among many others.
In addition to the military value to the nation, Cannon has been supported over the last 50
years by the local communities like no other in the country. We consider Cannon a part
of our family.
The closure of Cannon will also have a devastating impact on our economy. It has been
estimated that the area will lose at least 20 percent of its workforce, plus the ripple effect
that we will have on our public and higher education systems.
Please reconsider all the facts before making your final decision. For your convenience, I
have enclosed a copy of reasons that I believe Cannon AFB should remain active.
Cathey A. Cline
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi
The Honorable Philip Coyle
Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr.
The Honorable James V. Hansen
General James T. Hill
General Lloyd W. Newton
The Honorable Samuel K. Skinner
Brigadier General Sue E. Turner
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