ADC named five communities to the 2019 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 2019 class, along with neighboring installations, includes:
- Bay County, Fla. (Tyndall Air Force Base);
- Clovis, N.M. (Cannon AFB);
- Greater Columbia region, S.C. (Fort Jackson);
- Middle Georgia (Robins AFB); and
- The North Country-Fort Drum. N.Y.
“The communities we recognize through the Great American Defense Communities program represent the best examples of what communities can do to create great places for our military families to live and work,” ADC President Bill Parry said in a press release.
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 2019 class will be honored throughout the year, including at the Defense Communities National Summit in June 2019. The initiative, which is in its fourth year, is sponsored by USAA.