by Staff Sgt. Charles Rivezzo
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
2/3/2016 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Solano
County law enforcement agencies and Travis Air Force Base, California
officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony here Jan. 29 for the newly
constructed Emergency Responder Urban Training Site, marking the first
tangible Travis project completed as a direct result of the Air Force
Community Partnership program.
The overarching goal of the site is to enable emergency responders from
Travis as well as local and federal law enforcement agencies to train
together and integrate operations.
This goal came to fruition as members from Vacaville Special Weapons and
Tactics team and the 60th Security Forces Squadron showcased their
joint partnership by demonstrating a breach and clearing scenario for
onlookers during the ceremony.
"This site gives us the capability to conduct full-scale scenarios, away
from the main base, that can incorporate nearly any training scenario
you can imagine," said Capt. Matthew McGinnis, 60th SFS operations
officer. "With fully breachable doors, our emergency responders will be
able to train in the most realistic environments possible to prepare
against threats of active shooters, hostage situation, mass casualty
response, and bomb and drug detection."
The buildings - made out of fabricated shipping containers - are
intended to have a wide variety of layouts that emergency personnel
might encounter, said James Frazier, 60th SFS training instructor. The
one- and two-story buildings have windows, balconies, staircases and
even a roof hatch.
Squadron officials stated that the site is a force enabler that will
foster a synergy of continuity among the emergency response community
from both military and civilian agencies. They also added that the site
is not limited to law enforcement personnel and can be effectively
utilized by individuals within the fire, medical and explosive ordnance
To secure funding for the joint-use facility, Travis officials leveraged
the prospects afforded to military installations via the AFCP program,
which aims to offer opportunities to level resources and capabilities of
installations, state and local communities to achieve mutual value and
benefits. The process taps into the intellectual capital and
entrepreneurial spirit of base and community leaders to accomplish the
Air Force mission and address the needs of the Airmen.
"Partnering starts with committed Air Force and community leaders, the
Air Force process can be a challenge and requires hard work, the
greatest results are achieved when installation and community leaders
identify initiatives with the potential for achieving mutual benefits,"
said Lt. Col. Christopher Lambert, 60th Air Mobility Wing director of
staff. "The security forces training facility is a visible example of
the commitment Travis shares with our local community."
For the ERUTS project in particular, the Air Force provided the $175,000
necessary to build the urban training site, while any maintenance or
repair for the compound will be paid for by the local community, which
is estimated to save at least $10,000 a year in associated costs.
Since October 2012, the program has generated more than 1,000
initiatives across the Air Force. These partnerships identify new and
innovative ways of supporting Airmen and their families. Current
initiatives include medical, emergency response, grounds maintenance,
shared use firing ranges, joint fire/police training and operations of
Presently, the Travis AFCP Leadership Committee, which identifies and
implements mutually beneficial partnerships between Travis and the local
community, has several initiatives it plans to pursue to include a
reclaimed water initiative, shared use of base and local swimming pools
and golf facilities as well as a teen program partnership.