ADC is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of its Defense Community Awards. Winners will be recognized during the 2016 Defense Communities National Summit, June 20-22 in Washington, D.C.
- Community Leadership Award — Michael Reese, Chairman of Fort Polk Progress, Leesville, La.
- 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).
- Military Leadership Award — Col. John Devillier, Installation Commander, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
- Military Leadership Award — Lt. Col. Ralph Taylor Jr., P4 Lead, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
- 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.
- Base Redevelopment Excellence Award — Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, Fort Smith, Ark.
- 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.
- Community Excellence Award — City of Sierra Vista, Ariz.
- 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.
- Installation Excellence Award — Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.
- 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.
ADC will announce the winners of the Congressional Leadership Award, which recognizes sitting members of the Senate and House of Representatives, at a later date.