Commander's Guide to Community Involvement
[Technical Report, Technical Report]
Range Commanders Council
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This guide is intended to provide installation and range commanders with tools and information about effectively working with communities to help protect the military mission. In 2006, the first Commanders Guide to Community Involvement was published. The Range Commanders Council RCC Sustainability Group published an update in 2012 through the Office of the Secretary of Defense Sustainable Ranges Initiative. This report is a continuation of those guides, providing updates on common issues that installations and ranges are facing and additional examples of community involvement best practices to help lead and inform future efforts. The examples and lessons learned shared previously are still relevant today and some recommendations are presented in this version to serve as a useful standalone guide. This update is intended to be used as a supplement to information in the earlier guides for a more comprehensive view. This guide is also applicable to non-DoD entities, such as NASA, who are part of the RCC. An effective community involvement program is essential to protect the ability of an installation, range, andor operating area to test and train. The prevention of encroachment in areas of critical concern is key for an installation or range to perform its current and future missions. Encroachment can take many forms, including urban development, renewable energy, noise, environmental restrictions, height obstructions, radio frequency usage, etc. The installation or range must take a proactive approach in working with the civilian community and organizations to preclude mission degradation from encroachment.