Letter from Christy Mendoza to Commission regarding Closure of Cannon AFB Page: 2 of 4
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June 13, 2005 BRAC :Cimiu
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi : :s x
Chair, The Brac Commission 6/23/2005
2521 S. Clark St.
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Honorable Chairman Anthony J. Principi,
Ever since I can remember, I have seen and felt very safe as the planes of Cannon Air Force Base
have guarded the skies above my hometown of Clovis, New Mexico. Growing up here, we all
know that it would not take much for terrorists or other insurgents to run the border. Our land is
so vast and wide-open that it is impossible to protect it 24 hours a day. We have seen this
through drug runners and the "Coyotes" who smuggle individuals-across the border. This is why
I am dismayed that the government.has decided to close Cannon Air Force Base.
Cannon offers much potential to our country that, in my opinion, has been overlooked by the
Department of Defense. Right now the base offers: 1) unencroached air space suitable for
training jets at supersonic speeds; 2) several new and existing facilities useful for joint training
exercises; 3) a low-cost environment that promotes cost-efficient training; 4) a community that
understands and welcomes air force men, women and their families; and 5) Cannon offers
retirees and their families the comfort and security of needed services. If Cannon were to grow I
think it could in turn be one of our benchmark air installations of the future.
As a community, we are all behind the men and women who form the core of the base. We want
them all .to feel a part of our community. We take the extra step to make them feel safe and
welcome. Many of them decide to stay and retire here or just raise their families. They become
a part of us whether it is for a short time or the rest of their lives.
If Cannon closes, it would be a hard hit to our community. I think about my neighborhood and I
count five families in my block alone that would have to move. These are just active duty
personnel; I have not counted the retirees or civil service workers. The impact to our community
would be felt everywhere. Cannon Air Force Base is critical to us.
I respectfully urge all of you on the BRAC Commission to realize and look into the possibilities
of what Cannon Air Force Base could be. Remember all the dreamers from the Wright brothers
to all the others who have dared to take that leap into America's future. Cannon is vital to us
now please reconsider and KEEP CANNON OPEN!
Cultural Arts Director
Clovis Community College
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