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Las Cruces Hosts Navy Flight Training Squadron

  • August 7, 2015
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Student aviators from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, returned to Las Cruces International Airport, N.M., last week for the 12th time since 2001 for two months of training flights. Officials from Las Cruces are particularly excited this year after Navy officials last fall decided not to come to the city for winter training flights over concerns about fuel service operations at the airport. A fueling error had been blamed for the crash last year of an air ambulance, reported the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Navy typically brings student pilots to Las Cruces for training from January until March. “The Navy has an open invitation to come to Las Cruces for its training exercises, and we consider it a privilege to host them here,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima …

Fargo Leaders Highlight Assets of ‘Hooligans’

  • July 24, 2015
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Leaders from the Fargo, N.D., business community believe this week’s visit by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James strengthened the long-term outlook for the North Dakota Air National Guard’s “Happy Hooligans.” The military support group of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce touted the importance of the 119th Wing’s Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and intelligence targeting missions, and encouraged the secretary to consider the base for future manned flying missions, reported Inforum. Officials also pointed out that the National Guard unit has not experienced difficulties retaining Predator support specialists, a problem the rest of the Air Force is dealing with. Most significantly, the chamber gained James’ support for building a $7.3 million facility for the wing’s intelligence unit …

Air Force Signs 100th Partnering Agreement with Host Community

  • July 16, 2015
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The Air Force Community Partnership Program has celebrated its 100th partnership agreement, an initiative to help the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District fill vacancies for teachers and other positions with military spouses from Eielson AFB, Alaska. The Air Force launched the partnership program to take advantage of a new authority allowing installations and communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements to share base support services. Fifty Air Force installations currently are working with their host communities to identify opportunities to enhance support for airmen and their families, and trim installations’ operating costs. To date, the program has identified more than 1,000 initiatives from across the spectrum of installation services and mission support, according to the Air Force Community Partnership team …

Wright-Patterson AFB’s Neighbors Intent on Forging Partnerships

  • July 8, 2015
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One week after the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio accepted ADC’s Community Excellence Award, local leaders continued to reach out to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to identify partnership opportunities that will either help it trim spending or enhance its services. “For the base, the conversation has been on how we can avoid costs or generate revenue,” Col. John Devillier, the 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, said at a meeting with community representatives. “That means a new way of thinking about how we interact …

Pentagon Official’s Visit Intended to Reignite Partnership Initiative at Great Falls

  • July 7, 2015
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Officials from the Air Force and Great Falls, Mont., hope efforts to find mutually beneficial partnerships between Malmstrom AFB and its host community will be revitalized following a recent visit by Steve Zander, director of the Air Force Community Partnership Program. Representatives from the base and the city — along with county, education and health officials — began meeting last year to look for ways to take advantage of the new DOD authority allowing installations and communities to share support services for municipal functions and other activities. Initial ideas generated included establishing a clearinghouse for training opportunities, opening up the city’s parks and recreation department to the base, allowing the city to conduct water testing for the Air Force, integrating public works, enhancing radio communications and finding a new use for underutilized real estate at Malmstrom …

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 …

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