A computer-aided dispatch system, an installation’s use of federal inmate labor, and two partnerships between the National Guard and the private sector are among the projects selected for the 2018 Army Community Partnership Awards. The competition covers memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements and intergovernmental support agreements signed during fiscal 2016-2018. The seven winners include:
- Fort Carson and El Paso County, Colo., who partnered to build the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex Trap and Skeet Range; the range covers its costs through fees paid by military and civilian users.
- Fort Detrick and Frederick County, Md., who partnered on a computer-aided dispatch system to create interoperability and system synchronization; the post also joined the county’s solid waste management plan, enabling the Army to reduce installation emissions and landfill use requirements.
- Fort Polk partnered with Vernon Parish Police Jury, La., for solid waste management, which enables the sorting of field waste associated with the rotational unit training mission; in a second partnership, the installation relies on the city of Leesville to handle vegetation control, grounds maintenance and tree-removal services; in a third partnership, the post is obtaining custodial services from the town of Rosepine.
- Fort Riley partnered with Manhattan, Kan., on bulk purchasing of road salt.
- Parks Reserve Forces Training Area partnered with the federal correctional institution at Dublin, Calif., to provide federal inmate labor for the installation’s public works projects.
- The South Carolina Army National Guard partnered with SCANA Corp. on several initiatives intended to enhance defense capabilities in the cyber environment.
- The Wisconsin National Guard and Department of Military Affairs partnered with multiple electric utilities in a collaboration intended to mitigate risk to the utilities, identify opportunities to improve incident recovery and develop practices that demonstrate an “all hazards” approach to cooperation between the government and private utilities.
Criteria for selection include the degree to which the partnership improves or enhances readiness; supports reform initiatives; modernizes a service, system or process; expands capability; and improves family life or community relations. The Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony will be held Dec. 4.
Army photo by Mark Cleghorn