Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri –October 31, 2017 – The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is proud to announce that our partnership with Fort Leonard Wood was recognized by the United States Army and will receive the 2017 Army Community Partnership Award.
Partnerships between Army installations and surrounding communities receive this distinction as a result of their collaboration and overall efforts that result in improved readiness, sustainability, cost savings, and efficiencies for the installation.
The Army was impressed by the scale and results of our overall partnership efforts with federal entities, the state of Missouri, and local governments. Specifically, the Army cited the strong cooperation between the state of Missouri, the City of St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood to improve the water resiliency between the installation and St. Robert.
“This award is symbolic of the many great and unique partnerships that exist between Fort Leonard Wood, the SOP, our communities, and the state of Missouri,” said SOP executive director Kent Thomas.
There were seven award winners this year and they all include community partnerships that were signed in fiscal years 2015-2017 by garrisons, camps, and training areas. All submissions were evaluated on the following criteria:
• improve mission training
• provide cost efficiency (savings or avoidance)
• expand capability
• create efficiencies
• improve community relations
We are exceptionally proud of the long-standing relationships and ongoing partnerships that make a difference for Fort Leonard Wood, Soldiers, Families, Retirees, Veterans, and our Communities,” said SOP chairman and City of St. Robert mayor George A. Lauritson.
Our team, along with leaders from Fort Leonard Wood, have been invited to receive the award at the Army Community Partnership Award Ceremony at the Pentagon, Hall of Heroes, on December 4, 2017.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.