About ADC

Defense Communities at the Ready

ADC builds resilient communities that support America's military. We are the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices. With nearly 300 communities, states, regions, and affiliated industry organizations, ADC represents every major defense community/state in the nation.

ADC's Mission

Building resilient communities that support America’s military.

ADC's Value

ADC is the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices.

Our Valuable Team Members

Tim Ford
Chief Executive Officer
Email: tford@defensecommunities.org

Matt Borron
Chief Operating Officer
Email: mborron@defensecommunities.org

Jason Baker
Director of Membership Services
Email: jbaker@defensecommunities.org

Ray Bracken
Director of Events
Email: rbracken@defensecommunities.org

Dan Cohen
Managing Editor
Email: dcohen@defensecommunities.org

Randy Ford
Senior Policy Advisor
Email: rford@defensecommunities.org

Susie Gingrich
Director of Membership
Email: sgingrich@defensecommunities.org

Paul Kalomiris
Senior Policy Advisor
Email: pkalomiris@defensecommunities.org

Michelle McMillan
Director of Creative Services
Email: mmcmillan@defensecommunities.org

Aleksandar “Pav” Pavlovich
Director of Conferences and Outreach
Email: apavlovich@defensecommunities.org

Morgan Pinckney
Director of Events
Email: mpinckney@defensecommunities.org

President
Mike Cooper
Chairman
Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
1913 W. Durham Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Phone: (918) 230-7754
E-Mail: mc2913@att.com

Vice President
William Parry
City Manager
City of Gatesville, TX
Gatesville, TX 76528
Phone: (254)865-8951
Mobile: (254) 702-9929
E-Mail: william.parry@ci.gatesville.tx.us

Treasurer
Anne Marie Dowd
Executive Vice President
Legislative and Defense Sector Initiatives
MassDevelopment
99 High Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 330-2000
E-Mail: Adowd@massdevelopment.com

Immediate Past President
Bob Murdock
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
Phone: (210) 643-6889
E-Mail: murdockr@satx.rr.com

Director
John Armbrust
5910 Stony Brook Drive
Manhattan, KS 66503
Phone: 785-776-4017
Cell: 785-375-3399
Email: jsarmbrust1@gmail.com

Director
David E. Anderson, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer
Bay West LLC
5 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Office: (651) 291-3401
Mobile (703) 608-0063
E-Mail: danderson@baywest.com

Director
Russell DeSalvo
President and CEO
PuebloPlex
PO Box 11467
Pueblo, CO 81001
Phone: (719) 947-3770
E-Mail: rdesalvo@puebloplex.com

Director
Joe Driskill
Missouri Military Advocate
Missouri Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 1157
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Phone: (573) 526-0186
Mobile: (573) 680-0949
E-Mail: Joe.Driskill@ded.mo.gov

Director
Jeff Giangiuli
Consultant
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.
6354 Walker Lane
Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 797-8635
E-Mail: jeffrey.giangiuli@calibresys.com

Director
Fred Meurer (ex-officio)
Independent Consultant
Meurer Municipal Consulting, LLC
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3760
E-Mail: meurer@meurermuni.com 

Director
Craig Quigley
Executive Director
Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 644-6324
E-Mail: cquigley@HRMFFA.org

Director
Bob Ross
Executive Director
Connecticut Office of Military Affairs
505 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 270-8074
E-Mail:  bob.ross@ct.gov

Director
Celeste Werner
Vice President, Director of Planning
Matrix Design Group, Inc.
2228 W. Northern Avenue, Suite D240
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 288-8344
Mobile: (602) 315 0736
E-mail: celeste_werner@matrixdesigngroup.com

Director
Susan Morris
Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton
Washington, DC
Phone: (703) 412-6536
Mobile: (703) 867-7899
Email: morris_susan@bah.com

Director
Kevin Sullivan
Executive Director
Utah Defense Alliance
1948 Hampton Green Way
Ogden, UT 84403
Phone: (801) 475-5012
Mobile: (202) 384-8642
E-mail: kjsullivan51@yahoo.com

Director
John Walker
Specialist Leader, Real Estate Service Line
Deloitte Consulting, LLP
1919 North Lynn Street
Rosslyn, VA 22209
Phone: (571) 814-7848
Mobile: (301) 346-8686
Email: johnawalker@deloitte.com

Director
Kathleen Ferguson
Senior Advisor
The Roosevelt Group
500 N. Capitol St., NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 469-3490
Mobile: (703) 608-1748
Email: kferguson@rooseveltdc.com

Legal Counsel
George R. Schlossberg, Esq.
Partner/Attorney
Kutak Rock LLP
1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-4303
Phone: (202) 828-2418
E-Mail: george.schlossberg@kutakrock.com

OEA Liaison
Tara Butler
Policy Advisor/Project Manager
Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense
2231 Crystal Drive
Suite 520
Arlington, VA  22202
Phone: (703) 697-2074
E-Mail: tara.a.butler4.civ@mail.mil

Army Liaison
Andy Napoli
Program Analyst
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing, and Partnerships)
110 Army Pentagon, Room 3E475
Washington, DC 20310-0110
Phone: (703) 697-1155
Blackberry: (703) 839-0372
E-Mail: andrew.v.napoli.civ@mail.mil

Air Force Liaison
Frank Smolinsky
Congressional & Public Affairs Liaison
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy
Air Force Pentagon, room 4E996
Washington, DC
Phone: (703) 697-7244
E-Mail: frank.t.smolinsky.civ@mail.mil

Navy Liaison
Diane Tucker
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment
1000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC
Phone: (703) 697-0926
E-Mail: diane.tucker@navy.mil

John Armbrust – Chair
Independent Consultant
Manhattan, KS
jsarmbrust1@gmail.com

George Schlossberg – Vice Chair
Partner/Attorney
Kutak Rock, LLP
Arlington, VA
george.schlossberg@kutakrock.com

John Bonsell
Vice President of Government Affairs
Science Applications International Corporation
McLean, VA

John Conger
Senior Advisor
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Washington, DC

Rochelle Dornatt
Independent Consultant
Washington, DC

Philip Grone
Principal
Findlay & Western Strategies, LLC
Springfield, VA

Robert Hale
Senior Executive Advisor
Booz Allen Hamilton
McLean, VA

Jeffrey Simon
Senior Principal
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Boston, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

Communities adjacent to active and closed defense installations are distinct places. America’s defense installations depend on local communities for housing, services and even operational support. This connection and responsibility is what makes these communities unique – it’s what makes them defense communities.

Defense communities have active installations – where local governments and states are working to support our military. Defense communities also may have closed or realigned installations – where local governments lead the way in finding new economic uses for former bases.

Summer 1976: A group of airport managers at former military facilities in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas organized the Airpark Development Study Conference in Clinton, OK. The purpose was to provide managers and owners of former military bases the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss experiences and learn new techniques for operating former military installations.

Invitations were sent to operators of former military bases in the Midwest and to communities where bases had been announced for closure in April 1973. Forty people from eleven locations attended. With assistance from the Defense Department’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), a program was developed with speakers from various federal agencies.

Following the meeting, participants recommended scheduling another conference the following year and establishing a permanent organization.

1977-1978: A second conference was held in 1977, and at the 1978 meeting in Big Spring, TX, the National Association of Installation Developers (NAID)was formed.

1982: The group secured affiliate status with the American Economic Development Council (AEDC). This relationship allowed NAID to move from a traveling briefcase to a permanent home.

1983: Plants, Sites & Parks magazine recognized the potential for communities to provide employment opportunities when military bases were converted to civilian use by establishing the “Facility of the Year” and “Developer of the Year” awards. These awards have evolved to become the highest honors given in the field.

1986: NAID hired its own staff in Northbrook, IL, and left AEDC.

1991: NAID moved its headquarters to the Washington, DC, area and affiliated itself with a full-service management group.

1993: NAID was awarded a three-year Technical Assistance Grant by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, administered by the Department of Labor’s Office of Worker Retaining and Adjustment Programs. The central purpose of the grant was to give NAID the financial foundation to allow the association to significantly expand its capabilities to assist communities that were facing closure of military facilities. The grant allowed NAID to shift from what essentially was a completely volunteer-staffed organization to one with a core of professionals to devote their full time and energies to expanding and enhancing the range of support services made available to NAID members and to the base closure community as a whole.

1995: The association formed a Strategic Planning Committee to set the direction for NAID’s future. It successfully developed the Mission Statement, Vision and Goals to take NAID into the 21st century. The plan was adopted by the membership at the 1995 Annual Conference. The membership also increased the size of the Board of Directors from five members to seven in order to manage the increased demands on NAID as the fourth Base Realignment and Closure Commission was approved by Congress and the President. The final BRAC selections brought the number of closures and realignments to 538 bases, which should ensure a continued role for NAID well into the future.

Late 1996: After considerable thought, the NAID Board of Directors entered into a three-year management contract with the Council for Economic Development, later known as the International Economic Development Council. In addition to staffing changes, NAID moved its Alexandria, VA, offices into CUED’s downtown Washington, DC, office. The goal of this alliance was to lower operating costs and at the same time strive to become a stronger and more efficient organization that provides more services to its members.

2004: NAID changed its name to “NAID, an Association of Defense Communities” (NAID/ADC) to reflect the association’s diverse membership – communities redeveloping closed bases as well as communities supporting active military installations.

2006: The Board of Directors accepted a proposal to officially change the name from NAID/ADC to the Association of Defense Communities (ADC).

2009: Congress eliminates requirement for military services to seek fair market value when disposing BRAC properties.

2010: ADC enters management agreement with LRG Public Affairs.

2011: Defense Communities 360 becomes a daily publication. U.S. Reps. Sam Farr (CA) and Lynn Jenkins (KS) launch House Defense Communities Caucus.

2012: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks at ADC Annual Conference, the first time a sitting defense secretary has addressed ADC.

2013: Budget sequestration triggers unprecedented across-the-board cuts at the Department of Defense. With ADC’s support, Congress provides all installations broad authority, Sec. 311, to enter into shared-services agreements with their host communities. U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Johnny Isakson (GA) launch Senate Defense Communities Caucus. More than 550 people attend first-ever Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, part of ADC’s expanded event schedule that also includes Base Redevelopment and Installation Innovation forums.

ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, the private sector and the military on issues of mission enhancement/realignment, community-base partnerships, privatization and closure/redevelopment. The association’s membership includes:

1) Communities with active military installations

2) Communities with closed or closing installations who are working to redevelop the military property

3) Private sector companies and organizations interested in playing an active role in base redevelopment, military real estate, privatization initiatives, and community-military collaboration

4) Representatives of the Department of Defense, and federal and state agencies

ADC’s amended and restated bylaws (as of 7/15/15), can be downloaded below:

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Click here to read about ADC’s 2014 accomplishments and 2015 Strategic Plan.

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