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Alabama National Guard receives inaugural Army partnership award
WASHINGTON - The Alabama National Guard received one of the inaugural Army Community Partnership awards in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2016. The award recognizes Army installations that utilize partnerships to improve relations, share resources, and work toward common goals.
the Army, we are becoming more efficient and effective," said Under
Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, who helped present the awards along with
Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army's assistant chief of staff for installation
management. "Partnerships are an important way America's varsity team is
doing more with less, to ensure our resources support Soldiers maintaining
their tactical and technical advantage."
"Our partnerships enable us to learn from
others, and make us more innovative," he added. "They are a priority,
and we are pleased to recognize our winners."
a news release to recognize the Alabama Guard’s award, Gov. Robert Bentley said,
“General Smith and the Alabama National Guard have developed partnerships that
enhance the ALNG’s readiness and sustainability for the benefit of soldiers,
their families and the community. I am pleased to see their efforts being
recognized on the national level, and I look forward to their progress as they
lead the nation.”
Alabama National Guard competed against installations and National Guard
organizations across the entire Army. In
the next two years, the partnership program is projected to save $21 million in
real property and construction costs.
Alabama National Guard partnerships also save money for our partners,
such as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is projected to save
approximately $2 million by sharing space and capabilities in the next two
of the partnerships are about more than just cost savings (though these also
save money), such as the partnership with the Alabama Department of Human
Resources which allows Soldiers to guide older foster children preparing to
leave the local foster care program. This partnership allows Soldiers to provide
training and career guidance to foster children, while also showing them what
the Alabama Guard has to offer as they transition into adulthood.
partnership directly enables our ability to reach a group of young adults as
they mature out of the foster system... and we can assist them with their
education and career goals," said Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, adjutant general
of the Alabama National Guard.
continue to seek other partnering opportunities all across the state in an
effort to grow additional relationships,” said Smith. He also said that in the future, the Alabama
Guard will seek partnerships that will “conserve valuable taxpayer
Gov. Bentley’s release here.
the U.S. Army’s story here.
Photo: (LtoR) Lt. Gen.
Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management; Maj. Gen. Perry G.
Smith, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard; John James, Alabama Department of Human Resources family services director; Stan Stabler,
secretary of law enforcement, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; Rep. Mo
Brooks, U.S. representative from Alabama's 5th District; and Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, under
secretary of the Army. (U.S. Army Photo by Zane Ecklund/ Released)