Letter from Dorothy P. Dart to Commissioner James Bilbray dtd 26 May 2005 Page: 1 of 1
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Dorothy P. Dart
3753 Glenfield Dr.
Clovis, NM 88 10 1
May 26, 2005
Rep. James Bilbray
2521 South Clark Street. Suite 600
Arlington, VA. 22202
Dear Mr. Bilbray,
I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Cannon Air Force Base being
placed on the BRAC list for closure. I have been a resident of Clovis and Portales since
1967 and have witnessed the partnership between Cannon Air Force Base and these
communities. Our communities have welcomed the Air Force and its personnel from the
time that the facility was established here.
Cannon was an important facility during World War 11 in the training of almost 6500 B-
29 crewmen. It is my understanding that some 25% of the F-16 pilots participating in the
liberation of Iraq received their training at Cannon Air Force Base. I believe that there
was no loss, of life or aircraft from that group evidencing the quality of training received
at Cannon Air Force Base
While I am not fully versed in the specifics of the criteria that was to be used in
determining which facilities were to be placed on the closure list it seems to me that
many of the more important issues have been met easily by Cannon. The facility is well
located with respect to Clovis and there is ample room for expansion. There are no
problems whatsoever with encroachment. That must surely be a big benefit to the Air
Force based on what I have heard regarding facilities in other areas of the country. The
quality of the airspace is near the top of the list from what I understand and with the
upgrading of the bombing range to include supersonic capability that must only add to the
value of Cannon, and our weather.
Should Cannon Air Force Base be closed it will undoubtedly have a large negative
impact on our communities and that is something that I do not want to see, but I have to
also believe that the negative impact on the Air Force will be just as great. I believe that
once you have visited our communities and reviewed all of the facts surrounding the
facility with regards to the criteria originally set forth by the BRAC commission you will
discover that placing Cannon on the closure list is a mistake for the Air Force as well as
the Clovis/Portales communities. I ask you to look long and carefully at the many
advantages to continuing the operation of Cannon Air Force Base, and to remove it from
the list of closures.
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