WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Army announced today the winners of the 2017 Army Community Partnership awards. The awards will officially be presented at the Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony on Dec. 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. The Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony seeks to highlight examples of exceptional cooperation and diligence that have resulted in improved readiness and will encourage further collaboration to achieve the full potential of community partnering.

Awardees include community partnerships signed in fiscal years 2015-2017 by garrisons, camps and training areas. Eligible partnerships included memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual-aid agreements or intergovernmental support agreements. Submissions were evaluated based on their ability to:

• improve mission training
• provide cost efficiency (savings or avoidance)
• expand capability
• create efficiencies
• improve community relations

This year, seven U.S. Army installations and neighboring communities have been selected for demonstrating partnerships that improved Army readiness and developed strong community relationships. The winners include partnership initiatives from Fort Campbell and Montgomery County, TN; Fort Devens Reserve Forces Training Area and the Federal Medical Center, Devens; the Massachusetts Army National Guard (Camp Edwards Training Site), the state of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Communities; Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Pierce County, WA; Fort Lee and Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia; Fort Leonard Wood and the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership; and Fort Wainwright and the city of Fairbanks, AK.

For additional information, contact LTC Monica Womack, U.S. Army Public Affairs, at monica.v.womack.mil@mail.mil or (703) 695-0378; Ivan G. Bolden at ivan.g.bolden.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2538; or Donna Wilhoit at donna.l.wilhoit.civ@mail.mil or (703) 545-2525.