Letter from Robbyn Runquist to the Commission in support of Cannon AFB. Page: 1 of 2
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June 14, 2005 0 7 E C 0
Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN Ret.
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, Virginia 22202
This letter comes to you from a gem in the midst of brown grass, mesquite trees
and numerous cows, Clovis New Mexico, the proud home of Cannon Air Force Base.
About four years ago my spouse and I had the privilege to PCS here to Cannon Air Force
Base. Since that time we have retired and chosen to stay here in Clovis. I consider
myself somewhat of an "expert" when it comes to relocating and would like you to know
that I have never lived in a city like Clovis that accepts, embraces and encourages the
new military families that relocate to this area.
I am a daughter of a twenty-year Navy veteran and a spouse of a twenty-year Air
Force veteran. I have moved with the military twelve times in my lifetime and have
learned throughout those years that not all communities want the military members or
dependents in their cities. I recall once in Rome, New York standing in line at a grocery
store hearing a woman behind me commenting on how those military members are so
spoiled and remarking on how her life would be better without any of us in that city. I
know what it feels like to see your child sit on the bench at a sporting event because the
coach found out that he was a military dependent and would only be there for a short
time, so why play him. I also recall reading letters to the editor of the local newspaper in
Colorado Springs Colorado and in those letters the military members were blamed for all
of the wrong in Colorado Springs. I can tell you that when your spouse is overseas in a
dangerous situation you do not want to be located in a city where you do not feel wanted.
Clovis New Mexico has been a breath of fresh air since the day we relocated here. Our
military members and their families deserve to live in a place like Clovis where they are
welcome and encouraged to become a part of the community.
I believe that we ask a great deal from our military members and they give
willingly. These individuals serve our country for little pay, for little gratitude from the
general public and with great personal sacrifice. Just today one of my co-workers just
found out that her spouse is going to be shipped somewhere for four months on a
humanitarian mission. He is very proud to serve his country, but he is also extremely
glad that he is leaving his family in a place like Clovis, New Mexico. Don't we have a
hard enough time keeping good people in the services? Perhaps living conditions should
be considered when deciding which bases need to be closed. Places like Clovis are few
and I think it is important we need to keep our bases, especially in the communities
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