Washington, D.C. – Tullahoma, Tenn., home to Arnold Air Force Base, is one of five communities across the country named to the 2022 Class of Great American Defense Communities.
The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) announced the five selected communities in conjunction with USAA, the program’s official sponsor at the Defense Communities National Summit earlier this month. The 2022 class also includes West Valley Partners, Ariz., Antelope Valley, Calif., Northern Virginia and Florida’s Space Coast.
“The strength of our military starts at home, in America’s defense communities,” ADC President Bob Ross said. “Tullahoma is a prime example of how a community can provide support and assistance to nearby installations.”
The Great American Defense Communities program was launched by ADC in 2016 to recognize and celebrate the communities and regions that support military installations for their exceptional commitment to improving the lives of service members, veterans and their families.
“We are absolutely delighted that Tullahoma has been recognized as a Great American Defense Community,” said Winston Brooks, executive director of the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation. “This prestigious award is a true testament to the many dedicated organizations and individuals who work every day to support and sustain our military members, veterans, and their families.”
Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination process based on integration, support and collaboration with installations and community building efforts, such as educational and employment opportunities. This year, the Great American Defense Communities Program has a special focus on how communities are innovating and pioneering new ways to serve service members and their families.
ADC is the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices. With nearly 300 communities, states, regions, and affiliated industry organization as members, ADC represents every major defense community and state in the country. Visit defensecommunities.org to learn more. Facebook |LinkedIn |Twitter
The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 12.3 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.