New Community Recognition

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Flint Hills Region selected as a Great American Defense Community


The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) and the Defense Communities Caucus designated 10 communities from across the nation as “Great American Defense Communities” for providing unwavering support to service members and military families.

The Great American Defense Communities program was launched this year to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. This inaugural class of communities was selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.

The inaugural class of honorees includes:
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dayton, OH
  • Eglin-Hurlburt Community, FL
  • Ft. Leonard Wood Region, MO
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Lawton, OK
  • Flint Hills Region, KS
  • Monterey, CA
  • South Puget Sound, WA
This year’s class will be recognized throughout 2016 at a variety of events in Washington, D.C., including an exhibit and reception on Capitol Hill.

The Great American Defense Communities Inaugural Class


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Watch the video here.