America’s Great Defense Communities – Call for Nominations

America’s Great Defense Communities – Call for Nominations

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Updated January 21, 2022


The Association of Defense Communities is searching for the next set of great communities that are supporting service members and their military families in an exceptional way. As a benefit of being a member of the Association of Defense Communities, you can submit a nomination. Five communities from across the country will be chosen. The application period is open until January 31st, 2022. 


Nomination Timeline


January 10 – Nomination portal opens.


January 19 – Information webinar takes place at 2pm ET for interested communities.


January 31 – Applications due at 5 p.m. ET.


February 11 – Winners announced.


To learn more about the program and how to nominate a community, visit the America’s Great Defense Communities website



Check out the 2021 Great American Defense Communities:




USAA is the official sponsor of the America’s Great Defense Communities


About the Program

Every day America’s defense communities are working to create welcoming and supportive spaces for service members and their families to live and thrive. As the home to our military, these communities recognize the unique challenges and hard work needed to ensure military families are made to feel valued.

The Great American Defense Communities program shines a light on the regions and individuals that are making a difference. The program was designed to recognize and celebrate communities with an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of service members, veterans and their families. The Great American Defense Communities is made possible through ADC’s partnership with USAA.

This year our program will include a special focus on community recovery, resilience and racial equality.  



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Are the answers supposed to come from the active duty member, or can spouse/family submit as well?

Wendy Poling USAA

@bmljenn Thank you for your comment. We’ve learned the nominator needs to be part of the Association of Defense Communities as this is a benefit of membership to be eligible for the program. We’ve updated our story to reflect this information. Feel free to let us know your favorite duty station here in the comments!