Leaders from throughout the Fort McCoy Garrison, tenant organizations, and state and local government agencies participated in the Army Community Partnership Kick-off and Needs and Capacity Conference on April 25 at Fort McCoy.
The conference supported the Army Community Partnership Program at Fort McCoy, which leverages the strength of federal, state, and local governments to form partnerships that increase efficiencies and produce cost savings.
"We truly appreciate all of you who came out who might possibly partner with Fort McCoy," said Garrison Commander Col. Hui Chae Kim in his opening comments at the conference.
Kim noted that strong partnerships not only help the Fort McCoy community but also the local communities and government agencies. He said the conference had an aggressive one-day agenda to look at many types of possibilities for intergovernmental support agreements.
"Take some time today to truly get after the possibilities (out there) and work as a team ... and take every advantage of the day," Kim said.
According to the Army Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, the service's lead organization for the Army Community Partnership Program, the goal of the program is to transform Army installations through many types of partnership possibilities.
Partnership agreements can be memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, mutual-aid agreements, cooperative agreements, or intergovernmental support agreements.
"The integration of military life and the surrounding communities is significantly different today than from previous decades," states the Army Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management web page, https://www.acsim.army.mil/partnerships/index.html.
"Military installations and civilian communities are inextricably linked together. Most of our members and their families live, shop, work, play, and go to school in town. In fact, we now depend on our surrounding communities to teach our children, protect our loved ones, and provide infrastructure so that the Soldiers may fulfill their duties on the post. We should collaboratively seek partnerships for the benefit of all citizens."
The Fort McCoy conference was a first step for opportunities for community partnership agreements, including in airfield services, emergency services, commodities procurement, public works curation services, education and training, and transportation services.
"The Army Community Partnership Program has proven success in a wide range of mutually beneficial partnerships with communities across the country," Kim said in his invite letter to conference attendees.
Those organizations with representatives participating in the conference included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Monroe County, and the cities of Tomah and Sparta.
The conference agenda included an overview of the Army Community Partnership Program, work groups of attendees discussing possibilities, and final briefing with senior leaders.
More follow-up action is planned through this effort that may produce future intergovernmental support agreements.
Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin. The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.
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