ADC has named five communities from across the country to the 2018 class of Great American Defense Communities, a recognition of the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and military families. The 2018 class, along with neighboring installations, includes:
- Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, Md. (Aberdeen Proving Ground);
- Greater Fort Knox region, Ky. (Fort Knox);
- San Diego region (MCAS Miramar, MCB/MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCRD San Diego, NB Coronado, NB San Diego and NB Point Loma);
- South Georgia region (Moody AFB); and
- Tampa Bay (MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range).
“The men and women who serve our nation deserve our full support whether they are on a mission abroad or on duty at an installation closer to home,” said ADC President Bill Parry, according to a press release. “Communities have found many ways to show service families that they are welcome on both sides of the installation fence, and the Great American Defense Communities program has quickly become an important way to highlight their successes.”
Communities are selected following a competitive nomination process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support. The communities selected for the 2018 class will be honored throughout the year, including at the Defense Communities National Summit in June 2018. The initiative, which is in its third year, is sponsored by USAA.