• 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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  • Ohio Air Reserve Station Partners with City to Rebuild Landmark

    Ohio Air Reserve Station Partners with City to Rebuild Landmark0

    Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Civil Engineer Squadron, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeastern Ohio, last month partnered with a neighboring community to rebuild a wooden staircase leading from Veteran’s Park in the city of Newton Falls to the riverside. The three-week project, which required the 910th to demolish the existing stairs and design and build a new staircase, was identified through local efforts to implement the Air Force Community Partnership program. Newton Falls provided project materials and the 910th Airlift Wing provided engineering and manpower at no cost to the city, said City Manager Jack Haney …

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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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  • Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM

    Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM0

    Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management, are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints. One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service. “Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge …

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