Through its annual Defense Community Awards program, ADC honors the achievements and leadership present in our defense communities, on military installations and within the Department of Defense. This is your opportunity to honor an individual who made a difference for defense communities. ADC will present this year’s awards during the Defense Communities National Summit, June 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

Award winners will be featured in ADC’s America’s Defense Communities magazine and in a special video that will be shown at a celebratory luncheon during which they will receive their awards. ADC will also issue press releases and publicize their achievements through social media.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Community or State Leadership

  • Congressional Leadership

  • John Lynch Base Redevelopment Leadership

  • Military Leadership

Nominations are due by March 1st, 2019.

The criteria are listed below and the list of 2018 winners can be viewed here.

An individual whose outstanding leadership helps build a military-community partnership to enhance the mission of an active installation. A nominee may be an elected or appointed (non-military) official at the state, regional or local level, a volunteer, or the chief executive officer of a local redevelopment authority (or equivalent organization). The nominee cannot have received an ADC Defense Community Award in the past three years. The nominator must be a current ADC member.

A sitting member of the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives demonstrating leadership to (1) support active installations or those impacted by realignment or closure; (2) actively help build partnerships between the military and communities; (3) advance policy issues that support defense communities across the country; and/or (4) play a leading role to support military families and veterans. The nominee cannot have received an ADC Defense Community Award in the past three years.  Any ADC member active for the past six months may submit one or more nominations. Note: One candidate each from the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate will be selected to receive this award.

An individual whose outstanding leadership has been essential in ensuring that a community or local redevelopment authority has (1)  helped address the community’s specific economic needs following base realignment or closure; (2) shown measurable results; (3) incorporated innovative public-private partnerships; and/or (4) served as a model for other communities across the country.

The nominee’s activities must be associated with a redevelopment project that is in the construction phase or has been completed within the past two years. The nominee cannot have received an ADC Defense Community Award in the past three years.  The nominator must be a current ADC member.

An individual from any branch of the military whose outstanding leadership has been essential in building and sustaining partnerships with defense communities that are home to active, realigning or closing installations. The nominee may be active or civilian military personnel who has played a role in defense community issues at any level and who demonstrates vision for establishing new models of partnerships across the country. The nominee cannot have received an ADC Defense Community Award in the last three years. The nominator must be a current ADC member.

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