Executive Correspondence – Letters dtd 07/05/05 to Chairman Principi and all the Commissioners from NM Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish Page: 2 of 7
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Executive Correspondence BRAC Commission
JUL 1t 42005
State ofNew Mexico Received
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Diane D. Denish
July 5, 2005
Commissioner James H. Bilbray
Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
2521 S. Clark St., Ste. 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Commissioner Bilbray:
Thank you for taking the time to visit New Mexico and Cannon Air Force Base.
I hope that you took away from the hearing our genuine support for the military and for
our base as demonstrated not only by our united effort, but more important, by the
thousands of citizens who rallied and wrote letters to show their commitment to fight for
By coming to visit us, we were able to show you what Cannon means to New Mexico and
to West Texas. Throughout the hearing and the site visit, I hope we made the case that
our wide-open airspace, lack of encroachment and clear flying weather should make
Cannon a candidate for expansion and not closure.
I grew up in eastern New Mexico. I have seen the devastation wrought by base closures.
Another closure in a region that has experienced three in the last 40 years would take a
Once again, thank you for deciding to hold your regional hearing in the heartland of New
Mexico and West Texas. If there is any way I can be of assistance, do not hesitate to
Diane D. Denish
Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
State Capitol * Room 417 * Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Phone: 505-476-2250 * Fax: 505-476-2257
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