Sierra Vista, AZ. 06/24/16. On behalf of the City, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller accepted the 2016 Community Excellence Award from the Association of Defense Communities at a ceremony held during the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
The association selected the City of Sierra Vista to receive this award for its long history of innovative collaboration with Fort Huachuca, which has created a seamless community and serves as a national model for other community-based partnerships.
“Sierra Vista is a model defense community,” ADC President Michael Cooper says, in a release from his association. “We are proud to honor the City for the relationship Mayor Mueller continues to strengthen with Fort Huachuca.”
In addition to Mueller, representatives from Fort Huachuca and Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, former commanding general of the post and current Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, attended the ceremony and offered remarks in support of the longstanding partnership between Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca.
“It was an honor to be able to accept this remarkable award on behalf of the City of Sierra Vista during a ceremony in our nation’s capital,” Mueller says. “Our relationship with Fort Huachuca has resulted in innovative partnerships at the airport, in our library, with other municipal services, and in efforts to conserve and recharge our local water supply. The work being done here in Sierra Vista serves as a road map for many defense communities across the country.”
An article published in America’s Defense Communities magazine this month celebrates the accomplishments that have resulted from the tight partnership shared by Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca. These include providing key municipal services like trash and recycling collection, access to the public library, and public transportation. The article also highlights the collaborative efforts made to help maintain and improve the joint use airport shared by the City and post.
In that article, Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek says these efforts are remarkable but the most important collaboration is the local history of water conservation and recharge, which has enabled the fort to meet federal environmental regulations and secure a bright future for its vital military missions.
In May, Army Col. Thomas Boone, then Fort Huachuca garrison’s commander, congratulated the City for being selected for the Community Excellence Award. “The bond between the City of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca is a strong one and it makes being stationed here one of the best assignments in the Department of Defense,” Boone said, in May.