South Sound proclaimed “Great American Defense Community”

The Association of Defense Communities named “South Puget Sound” to the inaugural class of honorees as a “Great American Defense Community.” The announcement comes as part of a program launched this year to acknowledge the contributions that cities, counties and regions that host military installations make on improving the lives of service members and their families. South Puget Sound will be recognized at events in Washington D.C., including an exhibit and a reception on Capitol Hill.

“I was proud to nominate our community for this distinction,” said State Senator Steve O’Ban. “In terms of enthusiasm for our military and desire to help service members and their families, I think South Sound communities stand second to no one—and I think this designation recognizes that.”

In addition to South Puget Sound, the honorees include:

  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
  • Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Manhattan, Kan.
  • Monterey, Calif.
  • Okaloosa County, Fla.

“In my nomination, I highlighted the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership as an example of how local governments and military-community support organizations have consolidated their resources regionally to collaborate effectively with JBLM,” said O’Ban. “And in the South Sound, there are a lot of examples to choose from. Our entire region can be proud of this honor.”