- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
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
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
Officials at Robins Air Force Base and community health care providers are exploring partnerships to provide training physicians, nurses and other primary care practitioners need to obtain continuing medical education credits. “The training requirement to keep our practitioners clinically current and competent is no different than the requirements for our pilots. The 78th MDG [Medical Group] simply cannot afford to keep doing business as it always has, and this is one way that we see a beneficial solution for the base and community,” said Col. Shari Silverman, commander of the 78th Medical Group. The installation, located in Middle Georgia, and community health care providers are hoping to cut travel costs by offering required training locally …READ MORE
The Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations came together Wednesday to sign a charter agreement forming a committee that will provide a forum for local leaders to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that are beneficial for the central Missouri post and the region. The idea to form a community leadership committee grew out of discussions over the past two years in which a variety of public and private organizations identified the need for a formalized group to explore partnership ideas. “Creating this committee is a huge achievement and we are looking forward to the beneficial work it will do for the Fort Leonard Wood region in the future,” said Joe Driskill, executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership …READ MORE