The Army's Echo and Fox Companies, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) contacted the Union County Public Works (UCPW) to obtain their help in preparing eight Civil Affair Teams (CATs). These CATs are preparing for a deployment during which time they will help "foreign governments, security forces, and populations to assess and help address critical needs, including essential infrastructure." The UCPW was contacted to help teach the logistics, environmental impacts, and challenges of solid waste management due to them already having a Solid Waste Management Facility.
Both sides are happy with the work that is being done through the partnership as Ron Gilkerson, Director of Solid Waste for Union County Public Works, said:
“Working with the Army on this project has been extremely rewarding,” said Gilkerson. “Everyone in Union County Public Works is very appreciative of their service and what they’re doing to help other nations. We’re proud to be a part of this effort and look forward to seeing the results of their hard work.”