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Air Force Community Partnership Program Highlights Mission Sustainment and Regionalized Partnerships at ADC IIF Showcase Event

March 2019

On March 4, 2019, the Air Force Community Partnership (AFCP) Program hosted a highly successful event, Supporting the Mission through Partnerships, at the Association of Defense Communities Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, Florida.  This is the third year that the AFCP Program has hosted a pre-conference session, facilitating networking opportunities and exchange of ideas for a vast array of interested stakeholders.  Over 150 participants attended the event representing the Air Force and other services, military affairs committees, state and local governments, community organizations, and private industry.

The event was opened by Mr. Teran Judd, Director for Community Partnerships and Encroachment (SAF/IEIM), and Ms. Carol Ann Beda, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations (SAF/IEI).  They provided leadership remarks on how the AFCP Program has matured as an Air Force-wide program with linkages to several important initiatives such as the Air Force Encroachment Management Program (soon to be the Mission Sustainment Program).  Mr. Judd reiterated: “Community partnerships are a powerful tool to support the mission and well-being of Airmen and their families while fostering stronger ties with our military host communities.” 

 

Opening Remarks from AFCP Leadership, Mr. Teran Judd, Director for Community Partnerships and Encroachment (SAF/IEIM), and Ms. Carol Ann Beda, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations (SAF/IEI)

Expanding Community Partnerships: A Regional Focus.  This panel was the keynote session that featured a diverse cross-section of Air Force installation and community leaders from across the nation.  The panel offered a wide-ranging, regionalized interpretation of partnering where bases and communities are motivated to form partnerships based on commonalities, such as geographic co-locations, shared incentives, common challenges, mutual resource constraints, and collective objectives.  Military and community panelists from Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas shared regional perspectives on creating sustainable partnerships while tackling resource efficiency, mission and security objectives, land use and air space management, and budgetary challenges. 

Representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) discussed their coordinated efforts with local, state and federal partners to create mission enhancement and quality of life initiatives.  Peterson AFB and the City of Colorado Springs personnel discussed their innovative initiatives under the SMART City and SMART Base Programs ranging from SMART energy solutions and micro-grids, FirstNET, bicycle-sharing, security systems, and vehicle electric charging stations.  The executive director and a commissioner from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission highlighted the collective experiences of various bases and communities in the state including Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Dyess AFB, Goodfellow AFB, Sheppard AFB and Laughlin AFB.  They also discussed various partnerships and benefits generated by state assistance for Laughlin AFB and Del Rio, Texas.  

Expanding Community Partnerships: A Regional Focus. Panelists, from left to right:

Keith Graf, Executive Director, TX Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), Office of the Governor; Shannalea Taylor, Community Representative, Laughlin AFB, TX / TMPC Commissioner; Bret Waters, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, City of Colorado Springs, CO; Daniel Rodriguez, Deputy Base Civil Engineer/AFCP Base POC, Peterson AFB, CO; Randy Robertson, Director, Plans and Programs/AFCP Base POC, Hanscom AFB, MA; John Beatty, Executive Director, MA Military Asset & Security, Strategy Task Force, Office of the Governor

Achieving Mission Sustainment through Community Partnerships. The Air Force Encroachment Management Program presented a session describing the goals, challenges, and policy tools common to community partnering and mission sustainment initiatives.  Participants learned about the evolution of Air Force encroachment management from compatible use zoning around installations in the 1970s to the current scope that addresses a broad range of mission hazards, some hundreds of miles from the base.  The presentation also included case studies highlighting where community partnership tools have successfully addressed encroachment challenges.  Col Craig Rezac, SAF/IEIM Encroachment Lead, commended the important lessons offered by the AFCP Program’s open discourse, resource-sharing, and facilitated dialogue among installations, civic, state, and local communities as a crucial component of mission sustainment.  He went on to say, “Successful mission sustainment requires the continual cooperation and transparent dialogue that is inherent in the AFCP process.”

Achieving Mission Sustainment through Community Partnerships
Col Craig Rezac, SAF/IEIM Encroachment Lead, and Mr. Jonathan Kohl, Ctr, SAF/IEIM Support Team

 

Leveraging Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSAs) – A Contracting Perspective. Col Paul Porter, JBSA’s Director of Contracting, discussed the importance of leveraging IGSAs in meeting the mission needs of both local communities and installations. An IGSA is an agreement with a state or local government to provide, receive, or share installation-support services. Col Porter highlighted ways in which JBSA is successfully using IGSAs, for example, a pavement maintenance partnership between JBSA and the City of San Antonio is projected to result in cost savings of 25 percent and reduce time spent completing pavement projects by 80 percent.

Leveraging Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSAs) – A Contracting Perspective
Col Paul Porter, Director of Contracting, JBSA

Mr. Richard Hartley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Energy) joined the event for an interactive dialog of question-and-answers at the end. He commended installations and communities on expanding the scope of existing synergies from partnering and mission sustainment. In closing, Mr. Judd recapped the AFCP Program’s commitment to grow towards a broader definition of partnering where bases and communities form regionalized partnerships based on commonalities and desired outcomes. Mr. Judd also envisions the continued use of IGSAs as a promising tool to extend the reach of the community partnership program. He urged stakeholders to learn from the success stories and perspectives shared at the event to pursue innovative partnerships within their local communities to reduce costs and enhance the missions of the Department of Defense and local communities.

Closing Remarks from Mr. Richard Hartley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Energy) and Mr. Teran Judd, Director for Community Partnerships and Mission Sustainment Encroachment (SAF/IEIM)