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
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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
For more information on the GADC program, please contact Matt Borron at (202) 822-5256 or