The Solano County/Fairfield, CA community is working with Travis Air Force Base (AFB) to mutually study the community infrastructure that impacts the missions of the base and design projects to support not just the mission, but reach toward full mission assurance while also enhancing the resilience of the community.
“Resilience” is an important watch word for both the military and local governments. Cyber threats, direct kinetic attacks, accidents, floods, wildfires, storms, earthquakes, and aging infrastructure systems all threaten the ability of a military installation to accomplish its mission and a local government to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. Jointly addressing these threats is a key element in the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation’s (OLDCC) Installation Resilience program.
The City of Fairfield retained SONRI and our teaming partner, Meurer Municipal Consulting, LLC (Meurer) to develop a partnership with Solano County and Travis Community Consortium (TCC) to seek an OLDCC Mission Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) study grant. We successfully wrote and submitted the second largest MIRR grant in OLDCC history and in 2022 the City of Fairfield received one of the largest MIRR grants OLDCC has ever given.
The objective of the grant is to study all the infrastructure in the Solano County Region and to begin design on critical upgrades or replacements for infrastructure that supports the airlift and aerial refueling missions for the Air Force, as well as the long-range nuclear command and control communications capabilities of the Navy, a key Travis AFB tenant. This project will contribute directly to the ability of Travis AFB to meet the Department of Defense directive to achieve 14-day mission assurance in the face of resilience threats and will set the community on track to achieve their own 14-day resilience capability.
After the grant award, the City of Fairfield then selected the SONRI-Meurer Team, through a competitive process, to help manage the grant and execute the study project. As the Project Coordinator of the Travis Regional Resiliency Report, the SONRI-Meurer Team:
While the project is still underway as of this writing, it is already producing remarkable, tangible results for the community and the military. A comprehensive review of all community infrastructure in the region has revealed potential infrastructure failures and vulnerabilities that the cognizant local governments were unaware of. A Tabletop Exercise, planned and executed with support and input from the SONRI-Meurer Team, has been recognized by OLDCC as a new national model for promoting transparency, communication, and collaboration between multiple local government entities and Travis AFB leadership and staff. Additionally, identification of potential projects which can have crucial implications for the ability of Travis AFB to fulfill its National Defense Strategy missions is underway.
In the coming months, a report that provides an infrastructure assessment, develops a detailed action plan, and identifies the potential funding sources to turn that plan into reality will be finalized. In addition, one to three critical infrastructure projects will be identified, and preliminary conceptual design will begin. The SONRI-Meurer Team will play a key role in that decision-making and will advise the City of Fairfield on the quality of the report, action, and funding plans. In addition, the SONRI-Meurer Team will work with the TCC to develop a strategic plan for coordination of a community-wide effort to implement the plan, and work with the City of Fairfield to develop and submit a follow-on grant request to OLDCC for continued project design and more focused infrastructure assessments.
While other communities have conducted successful Installation Resilience studies, this is the first OLDCC-funded project that also initiates project design. This will give the City of Fairfield and the Solano County Region a leg up for other federal funding, including OLDCC’s Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) grants program. In addition, this project is promoting an ever-increasing degree of communication and cooperation between Travis AFB and the defense communities who host it. SONRI is proud to play a key role in this project!