Auburn, Fort Benning forge 10-year, $18 million partnership

Environmental services agreement will increase research opportunities

Auburn University Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ron Burgess, left, and Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, commanding general, Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, celebrated the signing of a new environmental services partnership between the two institutions at The Park at Auburn in the university’s Research and Innovation Center on Wednesday.

Auburn University and nearby Fort Benning have agreed to a 10-year partnership for Auburn’s Department of Risk Management & Safety to manage the Georgia Army base’s environmental services.

As part of the $18 million partnership, the university will support the base’s environmental compliance program needs for 10 years, and research opportunities will be expanded at Auburn.

“This long-term partnership between Auburn University and Fort Benning is a welcomed joint venture that will link our two great neighboring institutions for years to come,” said Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ron Burgess, Auburn’s executive vice president and a 38-year U.S. Army veteran. “Auburn has long been a friend to the military and veterans, and this collaboration will strengthen that bond as we help the Army manage the base’s environmental needs through our Department of Risk Management & Safety. The potential for faculty research opportunities through this agreement will be a profound boost across campus, and we look forward to a long alliance with Fort Benning.”

The base also praised the partnership.

“The Intergovernmental Service Agreement model has been successful across the Army and has been a great tool to work with surrounding communities to create mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, commanding general, Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence. “We are excited to build on those lessons learned and apply them here at home.”

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