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Ohio Air Reserve Station to Help Neighbor Demolish Vacant Properties

  • June 23, 2015
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Within the next month, reservists from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in northeast Ohio will help the city of Youngstown tear down 11 vacant homes. The partnership, an initiative under the Air Force Community Partnership program, will provide the city with the labor to perform the demolitions, while providing the airmen with experience they may not receive otherwise. “They do everything from HVAC to electrical, to plumbing and carpentry. This is an opportunity for them to operate heavy equipment, get training in equipment they might not normally see at the Air Reserve Station,” said Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing commander …

South Georgia Support Group Fights to Retain Moody AFB

  • June 16, 2015
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The South Georgia Military Affairs Council met last week to continue its ongoing effort to support Moody Air Force Base and protect it from a future BRAC round. “The SGMAC does a lot of detail things, such as working with local governments to protect Moody AFB from encroachment, to interface with local school systems to enhance a friendly military-dependent environment and many other details,” said the group’s Nick Lacey. The council, which was formed three years ago, includes representatives from the chambers of commerce of four counties — Lowndes, Berrien, Cook and Lanier, reported the Valdosta Daily Times. The group made its annual visit to Washington D.C., from April 29-May 1 to reinforce the community’s support for Moody …

Davis-Monthan AFB, Community Narrow List of Partnership Ideas

  • June 9, 2015
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Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Pima County and area institutions are considering moving ahead with six initiatives that emerged from a series of meetings aimed at identifying ways the installation and the community could partner to enhance the value of D-M or allow it to save money. The ideas for the most part represent new initiatives rather than the sharing of services that would allow the installation to trim its operating expenses: work with the University of Arizona and community colleges to identify and fill internship positions requiring key skills needed at D-M; team up with the University of Arizona and local heritage groups to help military personnel practice foreign language skills …

In Western Pennsylvania, Army Reserve Unit Joins Forces with Free Medical Clinic

  • June 3, 2015
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A partnership between a reserve engineering unit in western Pennsylvania and a local health clinic is quickly gaining attention within the Army Reserve, while providing valuable experience for soldiers. The collaboration began last year when the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic provided flu shots for about 100 members of the 458th Engineering Battalion. The unit asked for the clinic’s assistance to reduce the distance many of its personnel would need to travel to receive a flu shot. In turn, the unit’s medical staff began working at the clinic. Now 24 reservists regularly volunteer there …

Laughlin AFB, Local Agencies Sign Partnership Agreements

  • June 2, 2015
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The city of Del Rio, Val Verde County and Laughlin Air Force Base last month signed agreements allowing service members to use the county sheriff’s firing range and one establishing an aircraft maintenance certification program at a local junior college. Both would enhance the mission at the Texas base located less than 10 miles from the Mexican border. “This is unprecedented, we’ve never done this before,” said Col. Brian Hastings, 47th Flying Training Wing commander …

Community, Seymour-Johnson AFB in Talks over Lease for Sports Facility

  • June 1, 2015
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Officials from the city of Goldsboro and the Air Force are negotiating a lease for a 62-acre parcel at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in eastern North Carolina to develop a multi-sports facility. The project — a collaborative effort between the installation, the Air Force Community Partnership Program and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) — optimizes property value and is compatible with the base’s mission, according to Robert Moriarty, director of AFCEC’s Installations Directorate. “This project is an example of how collaboration and a business-minded approach yield opportunity,” Moriarty said. The city would lease the property through an enhanced use lease. The final lease documents will be signed once lease term negotiations and environmental requirements are complete, reported AFCEC Public Affairs.

Fairbanks Leaders, Eielson AFB Ink Partnership Deals

  • May 31, 2015
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Officials from Fairbanks, other local governments and Eielson Air Force Base last week signed a charter agreement to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, along with separate agreements setting up specific partnerships. The agreements signed Thursday will allow surrounding communities to collaborate with Eielson to help military spouses find jobs, connect local residents with job openings on the installation and use the base’s indoor turf fields in the winter. The agreements are “the first step in a long process,” said Col. Michael Winkler, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing …

Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB, Community

  • May 26, 2015
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A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials. “Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman. The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors …

Host Communities Renew Partnering Efforts with Scott AFB

  • May 21, 2015
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The village of Shiloh, Ill., has renewed its agreement to work with Scott Air Force Base and other neighboring communities to identify opportunities to save money or enhance mission effectiveness at the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The memorandum of understanding formalizes Shiloh’s participation in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, the service’s effort to take advantage of the new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host community to share base support services. “I think all of you are aware that we’ve been attending meetings with other communities, as well as with Scott Air Force Base, in partnering to figure out ways that the village and other cities around the base can partner together to perhaps save them money and us [as well] in the process,” said Mayor Jim Vernier …

Defense Committee Embraces Installation-Community Partnerships

  • May 6, 2015
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The military services should take advantage of the relatively new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. “The [House Armed Services] Committee notes that the authority to enter into intergovernmental support agreements is broad and encourages the Department of Defense to leverage this authority in a manner that provides costs savings and improved services in support of Department of Defense installations, military personnel and their families,” the report states …

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