• Davis-Monthan AFB to Partner with Local Universities

    Davis-Monthan AFB to Partner with Local Universities0

    Leaders from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Tucson-area organizations held a signing ceremony Monday for new initiatives covering partnerships with local universities and municipalities. The collaborations will benefit the installation by stretching its dollars and allowing it to leverage the know-how of its host community, said Col. James Meger, commander of the 355th Fighter Wing. “This is really important, because it’s the integration of the partnership of the community and the military installation …

  • Rep. Sam Farr, Defense Communities Ally, to Retire from Congress

    Rep. Sam Farr, Defense Communities Ally, to Retire from Congress0

    California Rep. Sam Farr (D), a champion for defense community issues on both the national and local level since entering Congress more than 22 years ago, announced Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of his term. In a social media post announcing his decision not to seek re-election to his Monterey-based district in the state’s Central Coast, Farr recounted one of enduring efforts he dealt with since he first came to Washington — the redevelopment of the former Fort Ord. “When I first came to Congress, Fort Ord had just been closed and the community was going through an economic upheaval …

  • At Three-Year Mark, Air Force Partnership Program Reaches over 50 Installations

    At Three-Year Mark, Air Force Partnership Program Reaches over 50 Installations0

    Three years after it was launched the Air Force Community Partnership Program is active at 51 installations and host communities, helping partners reduce operating costs for installation services, improve mission support and achieve other mutual goals. Installations and their neighboring communities have struck partnerships in a wide variety of areas, including medical services, emergency response, grounds maintenance, shared use firing ranges, joint fire/police training and installation services. Since October 2012, the program has generated more than 1,000 proposed initiatives with a potential benefit of about $160 million over the next five years …

  • Housing Partner, Local Agencies Tend Organic Community Garden at Dover AFB

    Housing Partner, Local Agencies Tend Organic Community Garden at Dover AFB0

    A new initiative under the Air Force Community Partnership Program will start producing organic produce next spring, as the housing privatization partner at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and an array of public agencies work together to re-establish a community garden near the base’s family housing. “The main goal of this initiative is to provide healthy, nutritious locally grown food to the base families that live in Eagle Heights housing,” said James Waddington, director of the Kent Economic Partnership. “We’ve been working on a food innovation district as an economic development tool, so community gardens are an integral part of that,” Waddington said, reported the 436th Airlift Wing. Another public benefit of the community garden will be the opportunity it provides to educate residents, young and old, about the merits of locally grown produce …

  • FE Warren, Cheyenne to Share Golf Courses; Community College to Offer New Classes on Base0

    F.E. Warren Air Force Base and its neighbors in southeastern Wyoming are moving ahead with new partnerships that will allow airmen and Cheyenne residents to share golf courses, and bring classes in auto mechanics and culinary arts to the installation. Under the golf partnership, residents with passes to public courses in Cheyenne will be able to play at Warren’s course, while airmen with annual passes to the installation’s course will be able to play at the city’s two courses. Reciprocal play will be limited to three rounds for each course, reported the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The partnership is expected to begin next year …

  • Pikes Peak-Area Bases Collaborate on Community Partnership Initiatives0

    Military installations in Colorado Springs, Colo., are participating in a joint effort to partner with local governments to enhance their missions and increase efficiencies. “The goal is to partner with the local community and other bases to combine similar services and provide quality programs regardless of where those programs are hosted,” said David Clapp, deputy base civil engineer for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base. Earlier this month, the Pikes Peak Community Partnership Initiative held a charter signing at Peterson …