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NEWS | Oct. 14, 2022

JBSA, AACOG recognized for vital partnerships

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs/Alamo Area Council of Governements

Joint Base San Antonio and the Alamo Area Council of Governments were recently recognized for their long-standing partnerships with two distinct honors

The first occurred Sept. 20 during a special presentation at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in Washington DC.

During the conference, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force General C.Q. Brown presented a letter from Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall to Brig. Gen. Russell Driggers, JBSA and the 502d Air Base Wing commander, and Diane Rath, executive director of AACOG.

The honor was recognized again locally Oct. 13 during the quarterly JBSA Community Partnership Public-Public, Public-Private, or P4, meeting.

Kendall’s letter reads, in part, “The blanket intergovernmental support agreement with the Alamo Area Council of Governments to receive goods and services … serves as an example to the Air Force of how to open the door to innovation through effective partnership with our communities. The work to connect Joint Base San Antonio to the community’s water lines increases mission resilience and supports efforts to improve allocation of resources.”

The Secretary closes the letter stating, “Your hard work and outstanding stewardship in community partnership enables the Department to accelerate change and shape the Air and Space forces we need.”

After the presentation, Rath said, “We are so proud and honored to be JBSA’s partner and to be recognized by the Secretary and Chief of Staff for our accomplishments. Our success is the result of years of hard work by JBSA, AACOG, and our member governments.”

Rath added that even while the presentation was occurring in Washington, AACOG and JBSA staff members were meeting to discuss how the community might help JBSA in renovating dormitory housing for the tens of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardians, and Coast Guard personnel who live and work at JBSA.

“This recognition inspires us to persevere and continue to enhance the ability of the Air Force and Department of Defense to support our Nation’s readiness in the Alamo Region,” she said.

The second recognition presented at the Oct. 13 meeting was from the National Association of Development Organizations, or NADO. The Association’s 2022 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award for the Intergovernmental Support Agreement was awarded to JBSA and AACOG to recognize the importance of their partnership in providing transportation services for Wounded Warriors on JBSA.