The 502d Air Base Wing (ABW), Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) hosted a Community Partnership combined meeting last Friday at the Alamo Area Council of Governments. The Chamber is honored to participate in these important gatherings where representatives from neighboring cities and counties as well as business partners gather to advocate, promote, and resolve issues regarding our surrounding military communities.

Last week’s meeting, led by COL Mark Lee, Vice Commander of the 502d ABW, was helpful in informing partners on the status of the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment Grant which will prepare JBSA to integrate Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) recommendations.  In addition, Texas Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grants progress related to water security to the various bases throughout San Antonio as well as resolving some encroachment issues surrounding JBSA-Randolph was discussed.

The group also discussed a vital partnership regarding Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority which will continue to provide treated wastewater to Randolph Oaks Golf Course and provide water to local communities in the future due to excess capacity in the system. This reduces the water burden on the base by taking advantage of reclaimed water, freeing up other resources, enabling the new customers and government entities to share future maintenance and system costs, and allowing the Air Force to receive valuable credits.

Onward to Opportunity provided an update on its progress in assisting transitioning service members to civilian life through their career program which connects careers in the private sector to our military with a special focus on customer service excellence and information technology. Onward to Opportunity offers a curriculum that, once complete, awards a participant with valuable credentials and certifications for each learning pathway, as well as guided interviewing, career search coaching, and targeted employer connection services.

Our very own Chamber member, Accenture, was present to publicly support this program, committing to hire 5,000 veterans and military spouses by the year 2020. Accenture Federal Services will offer apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and job shadowing to ensure they achieve success.

Finally, the Chamber was honored to have an opportunity to present the Military Affairs Council approved 2017 State Legislative Agenda items to the attendees. Advocating for our military community and connecting our business leaders to this important work is a top priority for the Chamber. We continue to be proud to carry our members’ support of JBSA to our military partners, as well as to the State Legislature next February.

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