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By Rose Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD — Five local communities renewed their partnership to ensure Central Texas continues to improve its environmental quality of life during a ceremony Friday morning.

As part of Fort Hood’s Earth Day celebration, mayors from Killeen, Gatesville, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove joined Fort Hood’s garrison commander in signing their commitment to the Cen-Tex Sustainability Partnership for another five years.

“I think it’s a great partnership with Fort Hood,” said David Byrom, Gatesville mayor. “It allows us as a community to have greater resources.”

The partnership began five years ago and “serves as a forum to combine regional sustainability efforts to improve the overall quality of life and economic vitality of the Central Texas region and its citizens,” according to its website.

“The first five years we were figuring out what we wanted to do,” said Col. Matt Ellege, Fort Hood’s garrison commander. “Now we know what we are and what we want to do. The next five years we’ll take more action in changing the culture.”

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said he would like to see the partnership really grow into something with more direct benefits, such as a material recovery center for recycling.

“It would be possible if everyone committed to it,” he said.

The indirect benefits already gained in Killeen by the partnership, Corbin added, include the expertise Fort Hood brings to the table when talking sustainability.

“It’s just like signing up a proven ball player on your team,” he said. “It’s important to continue.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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