The Air Force Community Partnership Program has made tremendous strides over the past three years, allowing 53 installations and host communities to identity opportunities for reducing the military’s operating costs and improving mission support, according to written testimony recently submitted by Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy.
Participants have completed more than 140 partnership agreements that have generated over $23 million in Air Force benefits and $24 million in community benefits, her testimony stated.
“Beyond the tangible savings, the program creates an invaluable forum for fostering relationships and promoting innovation. Installations and communities now have the framework and tools needed to finalize many of the over 1,000 potential initiatives identified to date, such as shared medical/EMT training, joint small arms ranges and shared refuse management services,” Ballentine said.
Now that the initiative has been widely adopted across the Air Force, officials want to focus on partnering opportunities with a potential to generate substantial savings.
“We are now turning our attention to cultivate initiatives that show significant promise of large returns on investment (ROI) or have Air Force-wide application,” Ballentine stated. “In the future, the Air Force Community Partnership program will continue to strengthen its foundation by building upon concepts under development while reallocating resources towards initiatives with large returns on investment,” she said.
Ballentine’s written testimony is available on the House Appropriations Committee website.