HomeNewsArticle Display

Buckley, community leaders team up to collaborate ideas

Maj. David Haigh, 460th Security Forces Squadron commander, left, talks with Lt. Brett Parvin, Aurora Police Department, during the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative planning meeting May 30, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Key installation and community members came together and collaborated ideas as part of the initial planning meeting.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson/Released)

Maj. David Haigh, 460th Security Forces Squadron commander, left, talks with Lt. Brett Parvin, Aurora Police Department, during the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative planning meeting May 30, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Key installation and community members came together and collaborated ideas as part of the initial planning meeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson/Released)

Rep. Su Ryden, Colorado House of Representatives, speaks to Air Force Community Partnership Initiative planning meeting participants May 30, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley is one of 15 bases in the first group of Air Force installations to press forward with the initiative.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson/Released)

Rep. Su Ryden, Colorado House of Representatives, speaks to Air Force Community Partnership Initiative planning meeting participants May 30, 2013, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Buckley is one of 15 bases in the first group of Air Force installations to press forward with the initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Key installation and community members came together to collaborate ideas as part of the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative initial planning meeting May 30.

Buckley is one of 15 bases in the first group of Air Force installations to press forward with the initiative. The focus is aimed at leveraging military installations and local community capabilities and resources to reduce operating and service costs in support of the Air Force mission.

"We've got a really interesting opportunity and really want to capture (it) at the front end," said Col. Robert Uemura, 460th Mission Support Group commander. "We've been really lucky that Buckley was identified as one of the test programs.

"In the past we haven't been able to integrate both federal government money and resources with that of our local communities," he said. "As part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act some of those barriers have been broken down."

During a time filled with many financial constraints, Uemura emphasized the importance of working as one unit to come up with the best solutions.

"This is not an overnight process this is one of those that is going to take some time," he added. "We're looking for a win-win. As long as it's not illegal, unmoral or unethical, no idea should be off the table."

The combination of installation and community resources should come without passing any risk or cost from entity to entity, said Lynne Neuman, Air Force Space Command Private-Private; Private-Public Partnering command program manager and member of AFSPC's Encroachment Management Team.

Neuman said the idea is for mutually beneficial partnerships. There may be some easy ones that would have the potential to start up within a couple weeks or months, but there may be others that require legislation changes and could take a bit longer, as in a couple of years.

The brainstorming event spurred many ideas to inlcude a culinary school on the installation that could serve a twofold purpose: a school and a dining facility for service members and their families. Participants also pitched a variety of ideas to include: firing ranges, runways for law enforcement driver training, jointly credentialing medics and about another 15 ideas. Again, these are all ideas that need to be looked into further to see if they're possible in the future.

Rep. Su Ryden, Colorado House of Representatives, was in attendance and thought the initiative has potential to be very successful.

"I think it has huge potential, there's so much brain power in this room and each one knows their circle of influence," Ryden said. "I think it's a really exciting prospect and the idea that they're going to have some freedom to be able to make agreements that they could never make before (is great)."

Although a great initiative, Ryden expressed her concern for small businesses.

"I do want to be sure our small businesses are also allowed to participate and I can foresee where the city is using an outside service for something and they can also be serving Buckley and get more bang for the buck for both groups with that one outside firm," she said. "I don't think it would be just internal necessarily, but using the entire community resources."
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.