Air Force installations in Colorado Springs will be able to purchase de-icing chemicals for base roadways through a contract negotiated by El Paso County, Colo., under a new intergovernmental support agreement reached under the Pikes Peak Community Partnership program, saving the service an estimated $60,000 over five years.
Installations in the region now purchase similar treatment chemicals under several different contracts. After evaluating the contracts, officials determined El Paso County received the lowest overall unit cost due to larger purchase quantities. The county has offered to act as the purchasing agent to obtain greater unit cost savings stemming from the larger combined purchase requirements, reported 21st Space Wing Public Affairs.
“This initiative has the potential to benefit all Front Range DOD bases as well as the county because we all have the mutual requirement to purchase the chemicals,” said Dan Rodriguez, installation management flight chief for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.
“By combining our purchases through the county contract, we will get a lower bulk price. The Air Force is now introducing bulk commodities purchasing to other installations through the Air Force Community Partnership Program,” Rodriguez said.
The Pikes Peak Community Partnership program is an initiative to develop a collaborative environment among local government, civic leaders and local military installations to identify opportunities for supporting common mission requirements, addressing similar base-community needs and exploring partnerships that are mutually beneficial, according to the story.
Other partnership initiatives under way include centralized transition support services, expanded medical currency/training programs, joint recreational services and experiential learning.