ADC is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the Defense Community Awards, the association’s effort to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them. The winners will be recognized during the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, June 22-24 in Washington.
Here is a rundown of the 2015 winners by category:
Community Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership helps (1) drive the success of a base redevelopment project; and/or (2) build a military-community partnership to enhance the mission of an active installation. An honoree 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).
- Steven Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, Maine
Military Leadership Award — Recognizes 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.
- Col. Chuck Hodges, Installation Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Base Redevelopment Excellence Award — Recognizes a community or local redevelopment authority whose efforts (1) demonstrate leadership and vision to address the community’s specific economic needs following base realignment or closure; (2) have shown measurable results; (3) incorporate innovative public-private partnerships; and/or (4) serve as a model for other communities across the country.
- March Joint Powers Authority, Riverside, Calif.
Community Excellence Award — Recognizes a community that is home to an active installation and which (1) demonstrates sustained and effective strategies to promote collaboration with the local installation; (2) contributes to measurable results in greater effectiveness of the installation’s military mission; (3) implements innovative military-community partnerships; and/or (4) serves as a model for other defense communities and states across the country.
- Dayton Development Coalition/State of Ohio
- Fort Polk Progress, Leesville, La.
Installation Excellence Award — Recognizes a DOD installation from any military branch that has successfully built strong partnerships with communities, regions and/or states to (1) enhance community-military collaboration; (2) promote installation efficiency and innovation; (3) advance DOD energy efficiency goals; and/or (4) serve as a national model for community-military partnerships.
- Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Congressional Leadership Award — Recognizes a sitting member of the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives whose leadership is essential to (1) support active, realigning or closing installations; (2) build partnerships between the military and communities; (3) advance policy issues that support defense communities across the country; and/or (4) support military families and veterans.
- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
- Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)
- Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
- Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
The ADC Awards Committee thanks all members and association partners that submitted nominations for participating in this year’s program.