Letter from a concerned citizen to the BRAC Commission Page: 1 of 2
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Dear BRAC Commissioners:
I live in Clovis, NM. I was born here and I have lived her most of my life. My Mom
married my stepfather when I was six. At the time, he was in the Air Force stationed at
Cannon AFB. Naturally, the military moved our family around the world for the next 9
years. We were stationed at Howard AFB in Panama when my parents decided that they
really wanted to go back to Cannon because they loved Clovis and my Mom's family is
in Clovis. My stepfather requested to be stationed at Cannon. We did get orders here
again. My parents thought this was a great place to raise us kids.
My stepfather ended up retiring at Cannon as a Captain. My Mom has worked for
AAFES for XX years. She is the manager of Cannon's military clothing. My mom is
planning to retire here in Clovis with AAFES in around 15 years. She has also served the
military forces in Iraq with AAFES. She now has to try and come up with a new plan.
She loves Clovis and wants to stay here but if Cannon closes she is forced to move. In
fact she has had to sign up with AAFES to go "mobile" and move away because if the
base closes she will not be allowed to go "mobile" with AAFES at another base, thereby
cutting off her ability to be promoted any further. She has had to list her house for sale.
My Mom is one of many people who will have to leave Clovis if you approve the closure
My husband and I met here because of Cannon AFB. His parents were also stationed at
Cannon and we actually met on base. We married here in Clovis and have chosen to stay
here to raise our two boys. My husband manages an independent Christian bookstore.
My husband loves his job and has worked there for 10 years and has managed it for 7 of
those. They relocated and expanded the store to meet the needs of their Clovis and
Cannon customers. The store has been scraping by to stay afloat and serve the
community. However, if they experience a marginal loss the store will not make it due to
the cost of the relocation and expansion they recently incurred. If the store closes we will
be forced to leave Clovis. My husband loves the Christian retailing industry and
therefore would have to find employment in another city to continue doing what he loves.
We would be one of many families, not individuals forced to leave Clovis due to lack of
employment. However, the housing market will be flooded with empty homes and we
probably will not be able to sell our home for what we owe on it. When the floor falls
out of the real estate market it will devastate many families' financial well-being should
the base close.
Cannon is such a part of our everyday lives that I can't even begin to imagine it not being
here. My sister even married someone from the military. Without Cannon AFB all of the
retirees in this area, which could be close to three states, if you consider the Texas and
Oklahoma panhandles, would be without the only AFB that they have access to for things
such as health care and shopping needs.
I am sure it will not go overlooked that Cannon AFB is a valuable asset to both our
community and to national defense. Our base enjoys unencroached runways, flight paths
and soon will enjoy a supersonic bombing range within a few seconds of takeoff. Our
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Letter from a concerned citizen to the BRAC Commission, letter, July 15, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc17548/m1/1/: accessed January 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.