by Capt Sarah E. Bergstein
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
9/9/2015 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Air
Force changes require coordination from all involved in the change and
Team Dover and Kent County community members are working side-by-side
through Team Dover's P4 initiatives-- Public-Public; Public-Private
Partnership-- to help make change possible.
The program, commonly known as "P4," is an Air Force-level program that
embraces the use of partnerships to help trim base operating costs. This
initiative is a direct response to language included in section 331 of
the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, which allows installations
to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with local
governments to provide, receive or share support services for most
municipal functions. Such agreements have proven successful at the small
handful of installations where they have been implemented under pilot
programs, but the new authority permits all military installations to
partner with host communities to obtain or provide support services.
"P4 is a way for Team Dover to put ideas on the table to look at
partnering with entities like local and state government or private
entities in the community," said Col. Lisa Pike, 436th Mission Support
Group commander. "This helps us consider projects that are mutually
beneficial to both the base and the community."
While partnerships have existed between the surrounding communities for
decades, this program is a means for Team Dover and the community to
come together on initiatives that promote positive change for those
involved while having the oversight and staff support of Headquarters
Two P4 meetings have taken place at Dover Air Force Base where about 100
people were in attendance from both the base and the community. The
first meeting set the stage in explaining the P4 program, providing
examples of partnerships from other Air Force installations, and allowed
all who participated to meet, split up into groups, explain their
organizations and the impact they have on and within the community, and
begin brainstorming ideas.
The second meeting was held several weeks later to allow the
participants some time to think on the program and the ideas brought to
the table and to come back with new ideas or information as to how to go
about setting these potential ideas into motion.
The categories of work groups are broken down into: Live, Work, Learn,
and Play. Members in each working group are generally a part of a
business or company that falls into one of the above areas, so that when
the working groups sit down to work through potential ideas, their
background relates to those in their group.
"These first two meetings have been extremely positive for the base,"
said Pike. "As we've looked at 'The art of the possible,' we've had
immense participation from the community and tremendous support from
those bringing big ideas with even bigger potential to the table. We're
very fortunate to be a part of this community and look forward to what
P4 can do for Team Dover and the community."
The next P4 meeting will take place at Dover AFB on Wednesday, October
28, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at The Landings. For additional
information on the program, to request to attend, or for media coverage,
contact the 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office at (302)-677-3372
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.