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Association of Defense Communities The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) is the nation’s premier membership organization servi

The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) is the nation’s premier membership organization serving America’s defense communities.

Register for the 2023 Defense Communities National Summit today!Hear from policymakers, participate in networking events...
12/12/2022

Register for the 2023 Defense Communities National Summit today!

Hear from policymakers, participate in networking events, and learn about the challenges and opportunities in our defense communities at this one-of-a-kind event.

Sign up at adcsummit.org before December 31 and enjoy discounted rates!

Today, we are thankful for those who serve. Happy Thanksgiving!
11/24/2022

Today, we are thankful for those who serve. Happy Thanksgiving!

ADC's annual  has been released! Featuring articles from communities across the country, it contains inspiring stories a...
11/18/2022

ADC's annual has been released! Featuring articles from communities across the country, it contains inspiring stories about partnerships, solving quality of life issues and more!

Read the magazine here:https://defensecommunities.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/ADC-MAGAZINE-2022.pdf

Thank you to the men and women who have served our nation. ADC is committed to sharing your stories. Earlier this year A...
11/11/2022
Vets Supporting Vets in the Antelope Valley

Thank you to the men and women who have served our nation. ADC is committed to sharing your stories. Earlier this year ADC spent two days in the Antelope Valley (home to Edwards Air Force Base) to learn more about veteran experiences from local organizations. Thank you to the City of Palmdale - Government for connecting us with your incredible community! Coffee 4 Vets Vets 4 Veterans Antelope Valley

The Antelope Valley, also known as Aerospace Valley, is located in Northern Los Angeles County. ADC spent the day with two of the region’s grassroots organiz...

11/09/2022
Champion Highlight RDML Menoni

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Rear Admiral John Menoni, then-Commander of Joint Region Marianas , didn't hesitate to work with local leaders to treat COVID-19 patients, protecting both his own sailors and the people of Guam.

As a 2022 Defense Community Champion, he exemplified the importance of collaboration between local government and the military.

Do you know someone who stands up for service members, veterans, and their families in your community like RDML Menoni? Click the link below to sign up!

The deadline is this Friday, November 11.

https://defensecommunities.org/champions/

How do you listen to your community?Northern Virginia, one of our 2022 Great American Defense Communities, is committed ...
11/02/2022
One Community Listening Sessions in Northern Virginia

How do you listen to your community?

Northern Virginia, one of our 2022 Great American Defense Communities, is committed to ensuring that their community is welcoming to service members of all backgrounds. USAA

The Northern Virginia region is committed to ensuring that their community is welcoming and inclusive to service members of all backgrounds. ADC admires thei...

From high school aviation classes to engineering graduate programs, Tullahoma, Tennessee make  a top priority.  We visit...
11/01/2022
Education Excels in Tullahoma, Tennessee

From high school aviation classes to engineering graduate programs, Tullahoma, Tennessee make a top priority.

We visited Tullahoma as part of the 2022 Great American Defense Community program, presented by USAA.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Special thanks to City of Tullahoma, TN - Government, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, and The University of Tennessee Space Institute for such a great visit!

ADC visited Tullahoma, Tennessee last September, learning about how this small town of 20,000 makes education a top priority, from aviation and welding class...

This summer, we visited Florida's Space Coast to learn about their military spouse economic empowerment zone.Watch the v...
10/31/2022
Military Spouses Thrive on Florida's Space Coast

This summer, we visited Florida's Space Coast to learn about their military spouse economic empowerment zone.

Watch the video below to learn about the important work this 2022 Great American Defense Community is doing to put talented military spouses to work in gratifying careers.

Thank you to USAA for supporting , and to the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast for hosting us!

ADC visited Florida's Space Coast to learn about their military spouse economic empowerment zone that's making waves throughout the community and putting tal...

Do you or someone you know improve the lives of service members or their families? Do you work hard to make a defense co...
10/17/2022

Do you or someone you know improve the lives of service members or their families? Do you work hard to make a defense community a better place to live?

This is your chance to get recognized as a Defense Community Champion!

To learn more about ADC and Navy Federal Credit Union's signature awards program, sign up for our webinar this Thursday, October 20 at 3pm EST.

To sign up: https://defensecommunities.org/champions/

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Patrick O'Brien, Director of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, will be speaking a...
10/13/2022

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Patrick O'Brien, Director of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, will be speaking at the Installation Innovation Forum.

Sign up today to learn more about important policy, budget and timeline updates for key community grant programs including the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), Military Installation Sustainability (MIS) and the Defense Manufacturing Communities Support Program (DMCSP).

Click here to learn about other speakers, view our agenda and more: https://installationinnovation.org/

The North Carolina Defense Summit is less than a month away! Sign up today to take advantage of our early bird registrat...
08/30/2022

The North Carolina Defense Summit is less than a month away! Sign up today to take advantage of our early bird registration prices and hotel block.

Learn more: https://defensecommunities.org/regional/north-carolina/

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Spread the word! We are less than a month away from the North Carolina Defense Summit on September 27 (Tuesday) at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

The forum advances the conversations around installation resiliency, infrastructure, and policy with the ability to focus on local needs.

To register, please go to http://spr.ly/6188MGjI4

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ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forums are back! These forums advance the conversations around military installation re...
07/28/2022

ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forums are back! These forums advance the conversations around military installation resiliency, infrastructure and policy with the ability to focus on local needs.

Events include:

California Defense Leadership Summit, August 29-30, Sacramento, CA

Florida Defense Forum, September 22-23, Fort Walton Beach, FL

North Carolina Defense Summit, September 27, Raleigh, NC

These events will discuss the most pressing issues at the state and community level, covering topics ranging from winning grant proposals to case studies on installation partnerships.

To learn more about registration, agendas, sponsorship opportunities and more for each of these events, go to https://defensecommunities.org/regional/

Join us next Tuesday, July 19 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. for the launch of ADC's new series, ADC Conn...
07/13/2022

Join us next Tuesday, July 19 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. for the launch of ADC's new series, ADC Connect. The event will feature key DoD leaders and a Defense Policy Update panel, which will dive into a wide variety of hot topics.

Speakers include:
Hon. Meredith Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Hon. Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy, Installations and Environment)
Edwin H. Oshiba, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Energy, Installations and Environment)

Sign up today at https://defensecommunities.org/connect/

06/01/2022

WATCH NOW - In the clip below, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) Director Patrick O'Brien discusses budget changes to his office at the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit.

To watch the full session, click the link below!

https://youtu.be/r3lkqZNjsRU

EXTENDED! Early bird pricing for Installation Innovation Forum now closes Fri., June 3. Don't miss out! Secure your regi...
05/31/2022
Installation Innovation Forum 2022 – Phoenix

EXTENDED! Early bird pricing for Installation Innovation Forum now closes Fri., June 3. Don't miss out! Secure your registration today at http://installationinnovation.org.

Ready to Innovate? Join us in Phoenix, Arizona October 31 – November 2, 2022, for the Association of Defense Communities’ Installation Innovation, the nation’s premiere professional development forum for leaders from installations, communities, and industry.

Congratulations to the Northern Virginia region and the many communities and people who contributed to this recognition!
05/20/2022

Congratulations to the Northern Virginia region and the many communities and people who contributed to this recognition!

NVRC was pleased to accept the "Great American Defense Communities" flag from the Executive Director of the Association of Defense Communities. NVRC is proud of our efforts to assist the region's active duty personnel, veterans and military spouses. NVRC's Community/Military/Federal Facilities Partnership Committee is chaired by Supervisor Penny Gross of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

05/18/2022

WATCH NOW - Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock and Paul Cramer, Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, spoke about the state of defense infrastructure at the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit.

Click below to watch the full video!
https://youtu.be/jbh_q8d_7-U

Proud to see City of Tullahoma, TN - Government and Arnold AFB, one of our 2022 Great American Defense Communities, prio...
05/06/2022
Arnold AFB teams with area school systems to boost craft internship program

Proud to see City of Tullahoma, TN - Government and Arnold AFB, one of our 2022 Great American Defense Communities, prioritizing students and their professional development!

https://www.arnold.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3009047/arnold-afb-teams-with-area-school-systems-to-boost-craft-internship-program/

The craft internship program in place at Arnold Air Force Base has already exhibited some success.Over the past six years, several interns were brought onboard through the initiative. All of these

Florida's Space Coast, a 2022 Great American Defense Community, is now also a military spouse economic empowerment zone....
04/29/2022
Hiring Our Heroes group looks to help military families find jobs in Florida

Florida's Space Coast, a 2022 Great American Defense Community, is now also a military spouse economic empowerment zone. We are looking forward to sharing more stories like this one from this incredible community throughout the year! Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

Hiring Our Heroes says that, nationally, 22% of military spouses are unemployed.

WATCH NOW - In conjunction with Blue Star Families, we hosted a session at the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit ...
03/30/2022
Understanding the Impact of Race, Diversity and Inequality Issues on Military Families

WATCH NOW - In conjunction with Blue Star Families, we hosted a session at the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit titled "Understanding the Impact of Race, Diversity and Inequality Issues on Military Families." Click the link below to watch this important and informative session!

We will be publishing more videos from the Summit over the coming weeks.

https://youtu.be/8qRFcoTNIYs

This session from the 2022 Defense Communities National Summit discussed into the recommendations for community and installation leaders from the Blue Star F...

BIG NEWS FOR DEFENSE COMMUNITIES - The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Biden yesterday gives $90...
03/16/2022

BIG NEWS FOR DEFENSE COMMUNITIES - The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Biden yesterday gives $90 million in total funding to the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (.) Take a look at our press release below to learn more!

Thanks to all those who attended the Summit! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing more video content on our soci...
03/14/2022

Thanks to all those who attended the Summit!

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing more video content on our social media platforms. Stay tuned!

BREAKING: Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force, will be speaking at the Defense Communities Natio...
02/22/2022

BREAKING: Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force, will be speaking at the Defense Communities National Summit.

General Brown will join us at the National Summit on Tuesday, March 8. This exclusive interview will range in topics, including the Air Force’s relationships with , the FY22 & budget implications for the , Air Force and readiness priorities, and how the current global threat environment is influencing his thinking when it comes to future Air Force missions and strategy.

Sign up now to hear from Gen. Brown and others at adcsummit.org!

SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Installation Policies and PrioritiesJoin us at the ADC National Summit as senior policy leaders from ...
02/17/2022
Session Announcement!

SESSION SPOTLIGHT: Installation Policies and Priorities

Join us at the ADC National Summit as senior policy leaders from each of the services discuss key issues that will drive FY2023 installation policies and priorities.

Installation Policies and Priorities speakers include:
• Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)
• Ed Oshiba, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment
• Jim Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations, Energy and Facilities)
• Steve Curtis, President, Military Services Group, American Water

Read more at https://mailchi.mp/defensecommunities/session-spotlight-258765…

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro will be joining us at the Defense Communities National Summi...
02/15/2022

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro will be joining us at the Defense Communities National Summit in three weeks! To register and learn more, visit adcsummit.org

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock and Paul Cramer will speaking at the ADC National Summit next mon...
02/11/2022

SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock and Paul Cramer will speaking at the ADC National Summit next month. Go to adcsummit.org to learn about other speakers, view our agenda, and more!

The Defense Communities National Summit will cover many of the most pressing topics affecting service members, veterans ...
02/04/2022
2022 ADC National Summit

The Defense Communities National Summit will cover many of the most pressing topics affecting service members, veterans and their families today. Featured sessions will include discussions around:

Climate Resiliency: Bases and surrounding communities are increasingly affected by climate change. The summit will discuss DOD’s mitigation efforts and feature perspectives from community and industry leaders partnering with installations to develop comprehensive solutions.

NDAA and Defense Budget: The FY2022 NDAA authorizes $768 billion for national security and Defense spending. Attendees will hear from senior Congressional and DOD leadership as we do a deep dive into how this legislation will impact installations and defense communities.

Cyber Resilience: With notable data breaches and cyberattacks in recent years, cyber resiliency is of the utmost importance for installations and their surrounding communities. The National Summit will explore what policies need to be implemented to combat these digital threats.

And much more!

Register and learn more about this important event at https://adcsummit.org

The Defense Communities National Summit is the leading policy-focused event that provides communities, states and partners with a comprehensive look at the issues that will define our military’s readiness.

Is your community a Great American Defense Community? Do you want to highlight the work your region is doing on ADC's na...
01/31/2022

Is your community a Great American Defense Community? Do you want to highlight the work your region is doing on ADC's national stage? Today is the LAST DAY to nominate--get your submission in by tonight, midnight ET! https://bit.ly/3odG52K

The 2022 NDAA contains many provisions that will have a significant impact on defense communities.To learn about policie...
01/25/2022
2022 Defense Policy Agenda Presentation

The 2022 NDAA contains many provisions that will have a significant impact on defense communities.

To learn about policies that will affect service members and their families, click the link below to watch our 2022 Defense Policy Agenda presentation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2fvMisYYEY

With the 2022 NDAA recently passed, there are numerous provisions that will have a significant impact on defense communities. Matt Borron, ADC's Executive Di...

Register for the Defense Community National Summit (March 7-9, 2022) today! To view the full list of confirmed and invit...
01/24/2022

Register for the Defense Community National Summit (March 7-9, 2022) today! To view the full list of confirmed and invited speakers, visit adcsummit.org.

Want to learn more about the Great American Defense Communities Program but missed our webinar? Click the link below to ...
01/20/2022
2022 GADC Program Webinar

Want to learn more about the Great American Defense Communities Program but missed our webinar?

Click the link below to watch the recording and learn more about the application process! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGOOJZ-7veY

Plus, go to https://defensecommunities.org/gadc/ to nominate a community, look through the webinar presentation and read up on former communities!

This webinar details how to nominate a community to ADC's Great American Defense Communities program. The deadline to nominate is January 31, 2022. Want to l...

Nominate a Defense Community Champion now! The deadline is this Friday, January 14th. Learn more at https://defensecommu...
01/12/2022
Defense Community Champions – Association of Defense Communities

Nominate a Defense Community Champion now!

The deadline is this Friday, January 14th. Learn more at https://defensecommunities.org/champions/

They are the people who our military families call when they’re in need. They are the people that take care of service members like they’re family. They are the people who understand the importance of their local installations and work to ensure their resilience. They are Defense Community Champ...

The 2022 Great American Defense Communities program nomination period is NOW OPEN! Interested in nominating your communi...
01/11/2022

The 2022 Great American Defense Communities program nomination period is NOW OPEN! Interested in nominating your community? Join the informational webinar on Wed. Jan. 19th at 2 PM ET. More info on how to join webinar at: https://bit.ly/3Fi3mpC

Introducing Defense Community Champions—a new program from ADC focused on recognizing the work of people whose actions m...
01/06/2022
Announcing the Defense Community Champions Awards

Introducing Defense Community Champions—a new program from ADC focused on recognizing the work of people whose actions make a difference in the lives of our military, military families, and veterans. "Champions" are leaders on base, in their communities, and across the federal government and industries.

Nominate a Champion now at https://defensecommunities.org/champions/. The deadline to nominate is next Friday, January 14.

Watch the video below to learn more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5F6EFiGQfs&list=PL15OKdxV7jX11yRsghw9oOgVJV9Hx4r6y

Introducing Defense Community Champions—a new program from ADC focused on recognizing the work of people whose actions make a difference in the lives of our ...

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NVRC was pleased to accept the "Great American Defense Communities" flag from the Executive Director of the Association of Defense Communities. NVRC is proud of our efforts to assist the region's active duty personnel, veterans and military spouses. NVRC's Community/Military/Federal Facilities Partnership Committee is chaired by Supervisor Penny Gross of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Recently, Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District, was named a Association of Defense Communities champion!

Dr. Henry spoke with the Association of Defense Communities about his efforts to support military children and families at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood.
BREAKING NEWS: Florida’s Space Coast Named 2022 Great American Defense Community

Association of Defense Communities (ADC) announced only five selected communities in conjunction with USAA for this year's class of Great American Defense Communities.

“We are simply not the Space Coast without these men and women, their families and the 68,000 veterans who choose to live here, which is why improving their quality of life is among our core values and something we prioritize. We are honored to accept recognition as a 2022 Great American Defense Community and we will continue to work hard to live up to this high standard.”
Congratulations to Mr. Bradshaw for a well-deserved award! Thank you for all you do for our community! Association of Defense Communities City of Grand Forks - Government Grand Forks Air Force Base
When member-owner James Burns of Burns Do it Center Clovis, NM was asked to serve airmen and their families at a local Air Force Base through the Committee of 50, he chose to go all-in. Not only has James recruited other business leaders to take pride in the support of Cannon Air Force Base, he has also been a voice to lawmakers and the local hospital to ensure military personnel and their spouses have employment and health care in this rural defense community. The Association of Defense Communities also shares James’ most heartfelt connection to the Air Force: https://bit.ly/3D3mE2A
We are proud to have been designated a "Great American Defense Community" by the Association of Defense Communities. We are honored to work with the men and women of our armed services. https://www.novaregion.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=781
We are so excited to share this news that Clovis' very own James Burns has been selected as one of only 10 people across the country to be named an Association of Defense Communities Community Champion! Thank you, Commissioner Burns, for everything you do for our city and military community – and for garnering national recognition for Clovis! Now that's what we call making and creating !

Read the full press release here 👉 https://conta.cc/3u2NMuz
Click the link below to read James Burns' award bio. 👇👇
And that’s a wrap. What a great week at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit in Arlington, VA. Our U.S. Army heard from Federal leaders and community partners leading the charge to support and improve our installations. Special Thanks to our Army leaders Chief of Army Reserve and Army G-9 LTG Evans for taking extra time this week with us.
We were pleased to present at the Association of Defense Communities Natl Summit this week, and thought we'd share here some of the key points from the panel for community leaders and stakeholders who may wish to engage!

One pager here:

https://tricareforkids.org/key-takeways-for-community-stakeholders/
The Association of Defense Communities National Summit did not disappoint. Senior DOD officials, congressional leaders and fellow defense community representatives shared insights on important topics impacting our defense communities. And it’s always a great opportunity to network.
More fun at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit! Our work hard and play hard!!
We always enjoy spending time with our partners and friends. This week, our CEO Mr. Rob and our Associate VP Ms. Lisa attended the Association of Defense Communities National Summit in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Rob moderated a discussion with TRICARE for Kids, where panelists talked about access and coverage challenges facing military-connected families seeking mental and behavioral health care for children and teens. Our staff take great care in helping families navigate the health care system and find the best resources. Thanks to everyone who participated in this important conversation!
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