- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
Leaders from Travis Air Force Base in northern California and surrounding communities have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase collaboration under the Air Force Community Partnership program, an initiative aimed at enhancing mission effectiveness for the base and quality of life for personnel at Travis and their neighbors. The agreement also established the Travis Community Partnership Leadership Committee, according to the base’s public affairs office. Mayors from Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, Dixon, Vallejo and Benicia signed the agreement, along with the chairwoman of the Solano County Board of Supervisors and a representative from the Solano Economic Development Corp. The mayor of Rio Vista plans to sign the agreement shortly …READ MORE
Partnerships between military installations and neighboring communities can produce a variety of benefits for both parties, including cost savings or revenue, as well as a range of non-monetary benefits such as an enhanced military mission, and improved installation and community operations and services, according to a new report by the RAND Corp. Other benefits include access to additional expertise and resources; enhanced outreach to military personnel and their families; and energy and environmental advantages. But beyond cost savings and other concrete benefits, installation partnerships “are often more about long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and strategic issues than saving money. Such partnerships are strategically important to the long-term function and mission of installations,” the report concludes …READ MORE
Officials from Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL) and neighboring communities have signed a series of partnership agreements to leverage each other’s resources and improve services at the installation and the surrounding region near the central California coast. “We already have a history of working with many of these community partners,” said FHL Commander Col. Jan Norris. “These agreements [solidify] our partnerships and give us a platform to further enhance what we can do for each other.” FHL and community partners have been meeting for the last four months to discuss potential partnerships which culminated with a signing ceremony at Hartnell College in King City …READ MORE
Officials from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Arlington County, Va., last week signed a memorandum of agreement pledging to seek partnerships that will enhance the installation’s mission effectiveness and reduce costs.
The agreement culminated a series of meetings that began last October, reported the Pentagram. The installation and local leaders are seeking partnerships in six areas — mass transportation, energy, recycling, libraries, geographic information systems and recreation. Working groups already have been formed for the first five of those activities. “We look forward to all future working groups and discussions and many more memorandums of agreement,” said Col. Mike Henderson, commander of the joint base. Henderson said that Arlington County has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the joint base’s grounds contract and identified potential opportunities for partnering. The county’s transportation consulting office surveyed service members, military spouses and retirees who live on, work at or use the joint base to look for ways to improve access to the installation.
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 …READ MORE
With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command, says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission. “I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs …READ MORE