Community Correspondence - Individual Letters from Cannon AFB New Mexico Page: 1 of 197
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David BurchAC Co ison
2301 Northglen Dr.
Clovis, NM 88101
General Lloyd W. Newton
Base Realignment and Closure Commission
2521 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Gen. Newton:
I am deeply troubled by the Defense Department's recommendation to close Cannon Air
Force base. This recommendation is a terrible mistake, the recommendation is not in-the
nation's best interest, and I urge the BRAC Commission reverse this decision and remove
Cannon from the closure list.
I fear the decision to close Cannon considered only short-term savings and ignored
Cannon's unique role in national security. Cannon has many characteristics that would be
difficult to impossible to duplicate at any cost. Cannon has the unencroached airspace
necessary for training at supersonic speed, a low-cost environment with many millions in
recent upgrades, and the highest level of community support of any military base in the
One of the effects that I'm sure was not considered will be the impact to the area's
veterans. Cannon houses the only Veteran's Administration hospital in the area. If
Cannon is closed, New Mexicans and Western Texans will have to travel hundreds of
miles for health care services. Is this any way to treat those who have served and
protected our nation?
The impact of this decision will be devastating to all of Eastern New Mexico and
Western Texas. The entire area is united in support for this base, and its retention.
If you analyze the cost of replacing all unique characteristics of Cannon Air Force Base,
I'm sure that you will see a huge expense instead of a short-term cost savings. I urge you
to overturn the Pentagon's recommendation and keep the base open.
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