Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) was recognized for its outstanding leadership in building a robust, innovative partnership program that has become embedded in JBSA’s culture and day-to-day mission. Despite the unique challenges of a geographically separated joint base, JBSA has done an exceptional job in leveraging community partnerships to strengthen relations with its diverse community members.
One of JBSA’s notable achievements is the Secure Reliable Water initiative, a partnership with San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS), the City of San Antonio, and the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) that ensures secured reliable alternative water supplies and resulted in a cost avoidance of $10.5M in FY16 relating to impact fees and water pipeline connection costs. Additional partnership examples include the expansion of mass transportation options on base and promoting transition assistance and career skills training for veterans. JBSA worked with local community stakeholders to formalize and implement nine (9) partnerships in FY16-17, firmly establishing itself in the fabric of San Antonio life and serving as a model for partnerships across the Air Force.
Accepting this recognition on behalf of JBSA are Mr. Fil Jimenez (Technical Director, 502 ABW); Ms. Meg Reyes (JBSA’s Director of Community Initiatives); Ms. Lori Stinson (City of San Antonio Chamber of Commerce); Mr. Keith Graf, Director, Texas Military Preparedness Commission; Mr. Roland Mower (Port of San Antonio)