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Director's Excellence Award for Community Relations

Award Cat: Community Relations
Winner: Command

AFI 35-101, Chapter 13









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Overall Effectiveness of Program
- "Bringing communities into our world" is driving theme of the 377 ABW's Good Neighbor Goals for
  community relation initiatives that incorporate all TEAM {BASE} organizations
- More than 30 base-wide tours educated groups of students, local business and civic leaders
  -- 34 civilian honorary commanders matched with base commanders for intense orientation and
     educational visitation program showcasing all major base organizations and various missions
- Senior leadership of the 377 ABW gave 28 speeches (20 by 377 ABW/CC) to community
  organizations in 2002 using speeches written by PA office that were tailored to educate and inform
- PA Director actively involved as advisor to newly built New Mexico Veterans Memorial
  -- Coordinated military support for largest Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and POW/MIA
      ceremonies in the state of New Mexico
- Established {BASE} AFB volunteer clearing house by hiring a full-time executive director
  -- 377 ABW doubled its mentors from 41 to 83 helping the Albuqerque Public School Systems
  -- Expanded mentors to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Wise Men Wise Women Organizations
- 377 ABW hosted five Community Outreach meetings since June 2001 to bring together minority
  organizations and women from local communities as partners to improve employment opportunities
- {BASE} AFB and City of Albuquerque sponsored July 4th celebration on the base realizing more
  than 100,000 attendees from communities and more than 35 venders who participated
- Investigated and closed 42 noise complaint cases and four Congressional Inquiries
  -- Obtained relief from low-flying aircraft for three small business owners in rural parts of New
     Mexico where livelihoods depended on entertaining tourists safely while sponsoring horseback rides
  -- Same quality of student training were realized when aircraft missions were negotiated elsewhere
- Two Career Days showcased job opportunities to 1,000+ high school students from 17 schools

Research Planning
- "Being a Good Neighbor" incorporated as major goal in Wing Strategic Plan
  -- Specific objectives established to expand military/civilian recruitment, increase volunteerism,
      improve community relations - Wing/CC and PA cochaired committee
- Formed ad hoc team and overhauled the base's Honorary Commanders program
  -- Formulated program process to include from five to 13 major units on base to sponsor tours
     advancing breadth of base organizations' missions to civic and business leaders in local communities
  -- Developed and executed detailed survey to all honorary commanders at year's end to adjust
      honorary commanders program process - minimal adjustments to overall program were required

Program Execution and Evaluation
- Solved a five-month case involving 80 residences in a class-action complaint against {BASE} AFB
  regarding C-130 aircrew training in their subdivision - Tierra Grande Subdivision
  -- Developed strategy to interact directly with board of directors of subdivision through formal and
     intimate meetings avoiding town hall meetings and gained their support for continued AF training
- Complete overhaul of the {BASE} AFB public website and established employment, small business,
  and cultural heritage web sites meeting "Good Neighbor" objectives per the Wing Strategic Plan

Innovativeness of Program
- "Join-A-School partnership program between {BASE} AFB and Albuqerque Public Schools placed
  24 "at-risk" students in work sites enhancing students' abilities and knowledge and emphasized
  life-skills enforcing the importance of completing their education - parents of students participated
- The 377th ABW's Fire Department with Albuquerque Fire Department sponsored Feed the Needy
  program - collected and distributed toys, provided hot holiday meals to 500+ homeless people
- Hosted Marsville science program sponsored for 62 schools incorporating 124 teachers and 2,160
  students taking part in this all-day, hands-on, science event educating students on space exploration

 

General Comments:

  Interesting...  Misspelled Albuquerque twice and the award is for a unit in NM. 


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