Joint Base Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples and JBM-HH Deputy Commander Marine Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli receive the Army Partnership Award during a virtual ceremony Jan. 13. Photo by Leah Rubalcaba

Joint base receives community partnership award for autonomous vehicle study

On Jan. 13, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall was one of 10 installations awarded during a virtual ceremony for its support of the Army’s priorities — people, readiness and modernization.

“The Army Partnership Award highlights how important communities are to our Army and our installation,” said Lt. Gen. Jason Evans, the Army deputy chief of staff, G-9. “Today’s winners represent the total Army (outside the United States) and (continental United States).

“Partnerships we are recognizing serve as a catalyst to discover new ways of operating efficiently with limited resources. We are proud of your success and we are glad we have partnered your communities.”

Alex Beehler, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, said the strength of the Army Community Partnership Program is only as strong as the bonds that the Army holds with the communities outside its gates. He added that it’s vitally important that the Army recognizes and celebrates the importance of these relationships.

“Partnerships are an important tool the Army leverages for resources, experiences and capturing new ideas and innovative solutions,” explained Beehler.

JBM-HH and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission partnered to conduct a comprehensive research study of cases of connected and autonomous vehicles. The study evaluated the potential to enhance mission assurance, readiness, reduce base operating cost and provide transportation services more efficiently using CAVS.

When JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples accepted the award, she said the joint base was humbled and honored to receive the award. She pointed out that the base has a strong history of innovation and partnership and this effort was no different. JBM-HH was the home of the first wireless communication towers, the first to place of the National Weather Service and hosted the first military flight.

“So, hosting an autonomous vehicle pilot program was in line of our long history,” Peeples said. “This partnership created the potential to enhance readiness, modernize services and create cost and time efficiencies, while expanding operational and mission capabilities. Our partnership in northern Virginia are strong and this was a very special partnership.”


 By Catrina Francis

Pentagram Editor