• IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints

    IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints0

    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 …

  • Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services

    Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services0

    The Army has launched a formal effort to consider a new model for providing installation support services with the aim of turning over some functions to the private sector and finding more efficient uses for posts’ excess property. Army facility experts next month will meet for one week to determine what functions need to be located on an installation and to craft a plan for transferring responsibility for on-base services that could be delivered outside a post’s security perimeter to private operators, reported Federal News Radio. “I think we have an opportunity to reset ourselves for the future, taking a look at new technologies, new requirements, current affordability,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

  • Air Force Strikes Partnership with Colorado County for Bulk Purchasing

    Air Force Strikes Partnership with Colorado County for Bulk Purchasing0

    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 …

  • Air Force Seeks Larger Returns from Partnership Initiative

    Air Force Seeks Larger Returns from Partnership Initiative0

    The Air Force Community Partnership Program has made tremendous strides over the past three years, allowing 53 installations and host communities to identity opportunities for reducing the military’s operating costs and improving mission support, according to written testimony recently submitted by Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. Participants have completed more than 140 partnership agreements that have generated over $23 million in Air Force benefits and $24 million in community benefits …

  • Partnership with County Brings Bookmobile to Charleston Naval Facility

    Partnership with County Brings Bookmobile to Charleston Naval Facility0

    Personnel at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., starting this week will be able to use a bookmobile operated by the Berkeley County Library System, under a partnership agreement officials from the library system and Joint Base Charleston signed last week. The collaboration provides a tremendous benefit to the weapons station as the joint base, made up of the weapons station and Charleston Air Force Base, only has enough staff to keep either the weapons station’s library or the Air Force base’s open at any given time. The bookmobile — which offers print and digital books, audio books and DVDs — will be available to weapons station residents when their library is closed. The bookmobile also offers computer stations with access to the library’s databases and Wi-Fi …

  • Malmstrom AFB, Neighbors Work to Overcome Partnership Obstacles0

    Community leaders from Great Falls, Mont., and officials from Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard discussed the potential for forming partnerships in emergency management, vehicle management, bulk purchasing and medical training during last week’s quarterly meeting for the Air Force Community Partnership program. One idea is to combine the purchasing power of Malmstrom, the Montana Air National Guard, Great Falls and Cascade County to save money on supplies, but overcoming the differing regulations and specifications of the participating agencies presents a challenge. Col. Tom Wilcox, commander of the 341st Missile Wing, directed his staff to see if they could surmount the obstacles associated with the bulk purchase of sand and paper …