Letter from Kathy Hubbell to the BRAC Commission Page: 1 of 2
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125 Green Acres Road
Clovis, NM 88101
23 May 2005
2521 South Clark Street Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202 0 5 ' - 4-
I am writing to you from Clovis, New Mexico concerning the recent announcement of
Cannon AFB, NM being listed for possible base closure.
I was born and raised here in Clovis and have worked on-base as a permanent Civil
Service employee for just over 20 years. Cannon AFB is not just the single largest
employer in this area; it is a part of this community like no other. The military folks
stationed here are a part of the community--I went to school from grade school through
college with folks connected to the military. The numbers of family members impacted
our school programs and school budget. When I worked downtown, our friends,
customers, and co-workers were associated with the base. Also, those sitting beside us
in Church and participating in community activities. Since I've been working on base,
our lives are intertwined immeasurably working towards a common goal-to make
Cannon AFB and the local area the best possible place to work and live.
Cannon is also in an enviable position of having whole-hearted local community support.
I spent 8 years in Cannon's Real Property Office and have worked with local farmers and
ranchers as well as local community leaders during previous expansion projects-all
were beneficial to the Air Force expanding when necessary. Just a few years ago, local
community leaders bought land north of the base and gave it to the Air Force for
additional housing as well as land purchased and given to the Air Force to install lighting
on our alternate runway. i know their continued support could be counted on in any
future expansion projects.
Curry County and the State of New Mexico purchased air easements 10+ years ago and
gave them to the Air Force. Our airspace and ramp space could easily support training or
real-world requirements. Not to mention, our weather is unbeatable-perfect year-round
flying weather. The updated infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities would also aid
in any future expansion projects or support mission changes as needed. Also community
meetings recently began to add super-sonic flying during training missions. The mini-
mutes already in place in the surrounding areas provide excellent "real-world" training
for our pilots and those who come here for training. We regularly see other aircraft using
Cannon airspace for training.
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