Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding West Valley region of Phoenix on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the structure of the Luke Community Partnership program, an initiative aimed at enhancing mission effectiveness and reducing costs.
“Through the program, we have identified requirements and needs amongst all the partners and collaborated to strengthen the mission capability of Luke Air Force Base, while at the same time, increasing the economic vitality and quality of life for the surrounding community,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander.
Thirteen municipalities, including Phoenix, and Maricopa County are participating in the partnership, reported Your West Valley. The initiative comes to the West Valley as the Air Force Community Partnership program enters its fourth year.
“It’s a continuing signal that Luke is not just an Air Force base, but an active participant in this great West Valley community,” said Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander.
Examples of partnerships in other Air Force communities include:
- doctors and dentists at Robins AFB, Ga., obtain training needed to earn continuing medical education credits at local community hospitals, eliminating travel costs for Air Force personnel; and
- Hill AFB, Utah, officials established a satellite pharmacy in underutilized space at the new base exchange, increasing the number of prescriptions filled, recapturing workload from retail network pharmacies, and increasing foot traffic and sales at the exchange.