As the home to our military, America’s defense communities recognize the unique challenges and hard work needed to ensure that military families are made to feel welcomed, valued and supported. Through a wide array of services and innovative programs, defense communities have a lead role in creating a high quality of life for military families. From providing special training for school counselors and teachers who work with military children, to hosting recreational events designed to integrate military families into the wider community, defense communities serve on the front lines, working everyday to create great places for our service members and their families to live and serve.

The Great American Defense Communities program was designed by the Association of Defense Communities in conjunction with the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses to recognize and celebrate communities whose exceptional commitment to improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families as a model for all communities.  Selected communities are recognized nationally for their efforts and become part of a growing collection of best practices that are defining the gold standard for all to follow.  At the same time, the program works to celebrate the achievements of individual communities locally as a way to thank supporters and build support.

Meet America's Great Defense Communities
GADC Map 2016 & 2017 Placeholder
GADC Map 2016 & 2017
  • Alamo – San Antonio Region, TX
  • Charleston Region, SC
  • Christian County, KY
  • Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, MD
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dayton Region, OH
  • Eglin-Hurlburt Community, FL
  • Flint Hills Region, KS
  • Fort Hood – Central Texas Region, TX
  • Fort Leonard Wood Region, MO
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Greater Fort Knox Region, KY
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Lawton, OK
  • Monterey, CA
  • San Diego Region, CA
  • Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, CT
  • South Georgia, GA
  • South Puget Sound, WA
  • Tampa Bay, FL
  • West Valley Partners, AZ
For more information on the GADC program, please contact Matt Borron at (202) 822-5256 or