Every day America’s defense communities are working to create welcoming and supportive spaces for service members and their families to live and thrive.

As the home to our military, these communities recognize the unique challenges and hard work needed to ensure military families are made to feel valued.

The Great American Defense Community program shines a light on the regions and individuals that are making a difference. The program was designed to recognize and celebrate communities with an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of service members, veterans and their families.

 The 2019 Great American Defense Communities program nomination period is open!

Click here to complete the official 2019 Great American Defense Communities nomination form.  Nomination forms are completed online. You are able to save your work and return to it. Forms will be saved for a 30 day period. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, October 26, 2018.

Watch the 2018 Class of Great American Defense Communities

For more information on the GADC program, contact Grace Marvin at (202) 618-8757 or gmarvin@defensecommunities.org.
Meet America's Great Defense Communities
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GADC Map 2016 & 2017

Class of 2016

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dayton Region, OH
  • Eglin-Hurlburt Community, FL
  • Flint Hills Region, KS
  • Fort Leonard Wood Region, MO
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Lawton, OK
  • Monterey, CA
  • South Puget Sound, WA
  • West Valley Partners, AZ

 Class of 2017

  • Alamo – San Antonio Region, TX
  • Charleston Region, SC
  • Christian County, KY
  • Fort Hood – Central Texas Region, TX
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, CT

 Class of 2018

  • Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, MD
  • Greater Fort Knox Region, KY
  • San Diego Region, CA
  • South Georgia, GA
  • Tampa Bay, FL