by Tech. Sgt. Jared Marquis
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
9/16/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col.
Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, is scheduled to formally
host the Pikes Peak Community Partnership Initiative "Charter Signing"
on Sept. 17 at the Peterson Club Heritage Room during the annual State
of the Wing address.
The CPI is an on-going two-year initiative to develop a collaborative
environment between local government, civic leaders and local military
installations to identify opportunities for supporting common mission
requirements, addressing similar base-community needs, and exploring
partnerships that are mutually economically beneficial and permitted by
federal and state laws and regulations, according to the charter.
Currently, there are four active partnership initiatives where these collaborative efforts will benefit the bases and community.
The first is a Joint Public Works bulk purchase for road de-icer and
winter chemicals, which allows cost-sharing and bulk-pricing for the
Colorado Springs military installations and local community.
"Through this program, we are able to combine requirements to obtain
lower costs through El Paso County," said David Clapp, 21st Civil
Engineer Squadron, deputy base civil engineer. "This partnership is
mutually beneficial to the bases and community as it allows us to reduce
sustainment costs by regionalizing common requirements for the road
Depending upon the weather, the agreement is expected to bring
approximately $73,000 in cost savings and $6,400 in cost avoidance over a
five-year period to the Front Range DoD bases, Clapp said.
Other active partnership initiatives include Centralized Transition
Support Services, Expanded Medical Currency/Training Programs and
All three of these programs are designed to share resources and reduce
costs while providing enhanced care and support to both the Colorado
Springs area installations and the partner organizations, said Clapp.
For example, one of the initiatives is to centralize transition
assistance for separating or retiring service members. This will reduce
saturating service members with information and give them a single
physical location where they will have access to military and community
resources. This partnership has led to the Mount Carmel Center of
Excellence designated as the location for community transition services,
The Experiential Learning initiative is another program that will
benefit the local community as well as local military installations.
Through this initiative, Pikes Peak Community College and other learning
institutions can partner with installations to create internships for
students from multiple educational disciplines. This not only increases
the amount of available internships for PPCC and provides valuable
on-the-job training for the students, but benefits the installations
through accomplishment of needed tasks, he said.
The fourth active partnership initiative is Medical Currency Training.
This program will allow military providers and nurses the opportunity to
train in local hospitals in order to obtain and maintain required
credentials and competencies for their specialties, while providing
needed skillsets and capabilities to the local hospitals, said Clapp.
Ultimately, the Pikes Peak CPI is collaborative in nature and not a
decision-making body. The three planned annual meetings will be used to
explore additional partnership opportunities and brainstorm
collaborations, said Clapp.
Should a particular issue require it, the PPCPI can also establish a
working group comprised of individuals from within and if necessary
outside the PPCPI, he said.
"The goal is to partner with the local community and other bases to
combine similar services and provide quality programs regardless of
where those programs are hosted," Clapp said. "This will allow us to
leverage military installations and local community capabilities and
resources to obtain value and benefit in the support of the Air Force