The Association of Defense Communities and the Defense Communities Caucus designated 10 communities from across the nation as "Great American Defense Communities" that provide unwavering support to service members and military families.
The Great American Defense Communities program was launched this year to acknowledge the unique contributions made by cities, counties and regions that host installations, 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 carried out on behalf of military personnel and their families. This distinction covers areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.
Inaugural Class of Honorees
The inaugural class of honorees includes:
Flint Hills Region, KS
Colorado Springs, CO
Eglin-Hurlburt Community, FL
Ft. Leonard Wood Region, MO
Grand Forks, ND
South Puget Sound, WA
Great American Defense Communities Inaugural Class