Army to Recognize Outstanding Community Partnerships

The Army is launching an awards program to recognize partnerships between installations and communities that enhance readiness through installation support services.

“Partnering with federal, state and local governments to find creative solutions to challenges is especially important during times of constrained resources,” according to a memo announcing the competition from Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. The awards program will be incorporated into the Army Community of Excellence program in the future.

The inaugural awards competition is open to all partnerships signed in fiscal 2015 or 2016 by garrisons, reserve centers and armories. Partnerships can include memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements.

Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • improves mission training
  • provides cost efficiency (savings or avoidance)
  • expands capability
  • creates efficiencies
  • improves community relations
  • demonstrates ingenuity

Applications should be submitted on behalf of the Army command and the corresponding community.

Nominations are due Oct. 15. For a copy of the awards application and for more information, contact Ivan Bolden at ivan.g.bolden.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2538, or Donna Wilhoit at donna.l.wilhoit.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2525.

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