Community Correspondence - Individual Letters from Cannon AFB New Mexico Page: 2 of 197
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May 31, 2005
General James T. Hill o0 320.o5
2521 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Re: Removing Cannon Air Force Base from the Closure List
Dear General Hill:
I urge you to overturn the Department of Defense's BRAC recommendation to close Cannon Air
Cannon Air Force Base should not be on the BRAC closure list for many reasons. I've listed
some of the key reasons below:
* Cannon does not fit the criteria provided for base closure.
* Cannon has an abundance of air space and no encroachment issues. This provides for
safer and more realistic training scenarios for pilots.
* The weather in Eastern New Mexico provides year round training opportunities.
* Cannon has the space and facilities to accommodate joint war-fighting, training, and
readiness as was evidenced by the recent joint training effort between Cannon and the
* Cannon has ample space/ramp space to accommodate surge force requirements in
training and emergency situations
* Clovis, Portales, Eastern New Mexico, West Texas (including Amarillo and Lubbock) are
home to a large military retiree population. These people rely on Cannon Air Force Base
for healthcare, grocery shopping, and more. There is not another installation close by to
serve our retired military.
In summary, the Clovis, Portales and surrounding communities have reached out and supported
Cannon Air Force Base like no other community over the last 50 years. We've done so
financially, morally, spiritually and above all consistently. The continued operation of Cannon
Air Force Base is not only extremely important for this region, but for the Nation as a whole.
Respectfully, I urge you to vote to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the BRAG closure list.
Mrs. Judith E inias
8340 La Linda Ln
Clovis, New Mexico 88101
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