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  • Supervisors approve community partnership with Davis-Monthan AFB

    Oct 06, 2015 | Read More News
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    Davis monthanThe Pima County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to join the Davis-Monthan Community Partnership program, which seeks to better integrate the U.S. Air Force Base with the Tucson community and helps keep the base a vital part of the local economy.

    According to the Air Force’s description of the program, it provides “an ongoing framework to identify requirements and needs among the partners, and to develop collaboration opportunities to increase DMAFB's ability to contribute to the Department of Defense's future mission capabilities and support the economic vitality and quality of life of the greater Tucson area. These partnerships offer a means to leverage the capabilities and resources of military installations, local governments or commercial entities to enhancing mission effectiveness or creating efficiencies or economies of scale, including reducing costs while enhancing the quality of life of our respective communities.”

    The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the base that lays out the mission, structure and membership of the partnership. Other partners include the city of Tucson, the University of Arizona and the Southern Arizona VA. 

    Pima County’s support of Davis-Monthan is extensive, with more than two-dozen departments, programs and initiatives having direct involvement with the base. Among those include OneStop Career Center support for Airmen transitioning to the civilian workforce, wastewater services, shared fleet-vehicle services, public safety assistance and encroachment protection. 

    The county also has a Veterans’ OneStop specifically for helping veterans find jobs, which is a county priority that merges well with the Community Partnership program. 

    “Pima County’s support of DM is unequivocal. This Memorandum of Understanding for the Community Partnership will help coordinate the county’s and the Tucson community’s support of the base and provide a method for greater dialogue and cooperation to help the base and the Air Force achieve its national defense mission,” said Sharon Bronson, chair of the Board of Supervisors.