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Installation-Community Partnerships: A New Paradigm for Collaborating in the 21st Century

Introduction: Why the Focus on Partnerships Now? As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets shrink rapidly, DoD leaders are looking for revolutionary ways to reduce costs while retaining capabilities critical to their missions. Communities, states, and industry that depend heavily upon DoD for their livelihoods and economies are searching for more efficient operating models that will […]

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MACWPA Forms to Save the 911th

In 1995, we received word that a BRAC—base realignment and closure—was on the table for Pittsburgh’s 911th Airlift Wing, a part of the Air Force Reserve. At this time, the Military Affairs Council of Western Pennsylvania (MACWPA) was not a formal organization. Instead, we were a group of concerned citizens that saw this BRAC as […]

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The Benefits of Military in Western Pennsylvania

An active military presence in any region offers the potential for a win-win between the military and the surrounding community. At MACWPA, our goal is to educate stakeholders at all levels—from citizens to elected officials to commanders—about the opportunities these relationships present and to build bridges wherever possible so that our region continues to grow. […]

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911th Airlift Wing Partners with Pittsburgh International Airport

The 911th Airlift Wing’ mission is to “support our national security objectives by providing fully mission-ready C-130 airlift, aeromedical evacuation and expeditionary combat support forces.” In its fulfillment of this mission, the 911th is also a National Disaster Medical System hub (for patient transport during emergencies) and has had an estimated regional economic impact of […]