• Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success

    Marine Corps Plans to Expand Use of Partnership Authority following Early Success0

    Even before the final results are in from four pilot projects testing DOD’s new authority for forming installation-community partnerships, Marine Corps officials already are planning on rolling out the authority on a wider scale. Pilots at three locations — Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Ga.; MCLB Barstow, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii — begun one year ago resulted in the development of 24 partnering initiatives with local agencies. The initiatives mainly involve public works, training and education, and emergency management, although the Marine Corps has not focused on any single function, said Tom Ruffini, director of government and external affairs at Marine Corps Installations Command …

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  • There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says

    There’s More than One Way to Forge a Partnership, Hammack Says0

    The new authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services has brought renewed attention to the importance of installation-community partnerships. In an interview about the IGSA signed last month by the city Monterey, Calif., and the

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  • Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership

    Monterey, Army Enter New Chapter in Municipal Partnership2

    When the existing contract between the city of Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey that governs the city’s delivery of base operation services to the Army runs out at the end of the year, very little will change on the surface. The city will continue to supply the Presidio a range of support services — including engineering services and maintenance functions for facilities, streets, storm drains, grounds, and fire alarm and detection systems — on a cost-reimbursement basis. But Jan. 1 will mark the transition from a contract based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation to an arrangement that takes advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services …

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  • New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level

    New Director Looking to Take Air Force’s Partnership Program to the Next Level0

    After reaching a major achievement last month, the Air Force Community Partnership program is expected to continue growing with a new focus on initiatives with higher returns on investment, says the program’s new director. While the partnership program is “doing phenomenally well,” the service has started to concentrate on initiatives that can be implemented across a variety of installations and that can generate a higher payoff for the Air Force as well as the community, Teran Judd, director of community partnership and encroachment, told On Base …

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  • Army to Recognize Outstanding Community Partnerships0

    The Army is launching a new awards program to recognize partnerships between installations and communities that enhance readiness through installation support services. “Partnering with federal, state and local governments to find creative solutions to challenges is especially important during times of constrained resources,” according to a memo announcing the competition from Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. The awards program will be incorporated into the Army Community of Excellence program in the future. The inaugural awards competition is open to all partnerships signed in fiscal 2015 or 2016 by garrisons, reserve centers and armories. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements …

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  • State Signs on to Ft. Leonard Wood Region’s Partnership Charter

    State Signs on to Ft. Leonard Wood Region’s Partnership Charter0

    The state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region. Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships …

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