Good news, military families. Association of Defense Communities names top places to be stationed — VIDEO

NATIONAL — The Association of Defense Communities and the Defense Communities Caucus announced the first class of “Great American Defense Communities,” an initiative launched this year to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families.

The 10 communities were selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.

“All 10 of our inaugural class of honorees truly embodied the ideals this initiative was designed to celebrate — making host communities for our nation’s military installations ‘Great Places to Call Home,’” said ADC CEO Tim Ford.

“The Great American Defense Communities program will help ADC and the Defense Communities Caucus share positive stories about the exemplary efforts being made in communities to support defense installations and their personnel,” Ford said.

The inaugural class of honorees includes:

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dayton, Ohio
Ft. Leonard Wood Region, Missouri
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Lawton, Oklahoma
Manhattan, Kansas
Monterey, California
Okaloosa County, Florida
South Puget Sound, Washington

This year’s class will be recognized throughout 2016 at a variety of events in Washington, D.C., including an exhibit and reception on Capitol Hill.

Video courtesy of Association of Defense Communities 

Source: Association of Defense Communities

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