Dan Cohen AUTHOR Military installations in Colorado Springs, Colo., are participating in a joint effort to partner with local governments to enhance their missions and increase efficiencies.“The goal is to partner with the local community and other bases to combine similar services and provide quality programs regardless of where those programs are hosted,” said David Clapp, deputy base civil engineer for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.Earlier this month, the Pikes Peak Community Partnership Initiative held a charter signing at Peterson, reported 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. The effort currently has four partnership initiatives benefitting the bases and community.A joint public works bulk purchase for road deicer and winter chemicals allows area military installations and El Paso County to share costs and take advantage of bulk pricing. The agreement is expected to generate about $73,000 in cost savings and $6,400 in cost avoidance for the Front Range bases over a five-year period.A second initiative is centralizing transition assistance for separating service members, an effort intended to streamline information disseminated to personnel and provide a single location to obtain military and community resources.Under the experiential learning initiative, Pikes Peak Community College and other institutions can partner with local installations to create internships for students in a variety of disciplines. The partnership is increasing the number available internships for the community college and providing valuable on-the-job training for the students. At the same time, it is helping the military bases accomplish needed tasks, according to the story.A fourth partnership allows military providers and nurses the opportunity to train in local hospitals in order to obtain and maintain required credentials and competencies for their specialties, while providing needed skillsets and capabilities to the hospitals.