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The Defense Community Champions program is open for the 2024-2025 season. Take the first step in participating in the program by submitting a partner agreement form today.

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July 25, 2024 | Washington, DC

Our military installations rely on dynamic partnerships with defense communities for strength. As the reliance on partnerships grows and new challenges emerge, now is the time to define where we go next with collaboration. ADC is gathering top leaders from DoD, communities, and industry for a half-day event to explore the future of partnership and support ADC’s Partnership Roadmap Initiative.

October 28 – 30, 2024 | San Antonio, TX

Join us in San Antonio for ADC’s Installation Innovation Forum, the nation’s largest gathering of leaders from military, community and industry for a cross-service look at innovative ways build partnership and collaboration on our bases and in our communities. It’s an unparalleled occasion to cultivate your collaborative spirit and develop your partnership mindset.


Behind every mission, base and family there is a community that provides a home to our military. From small towns to cities, regions and entire states – defense communities take different forms, but their role is the same – providing a foundation for our national security and a home for our military families.

Representing every major defense community and state in the country, The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) is a 300+ member organization dedicated to advancing issues that build strong communities and strengthen the ability for service members to defend our nation.

“Final Flight,” Photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook, F-35A Demo Team Public Affairs


House Appropriators Advance Defense Bill on Party-Line Vote
The House Appropriations Committee approved an $833 billion defense spending bill for next fiscal year. It includes the 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted troops the House is set to include in its version of the defense authorization bill. The spending bill passed on a 34-25 party line vote, with...
DOD Webinar Will Update Defense Communities on Prevalence, Prevention of Sexual Assault, Harassment
DOD’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is hosting a webinar June 26 on sexual assault prevention. It’s geared toward state and local leaders to provide them “best practices to expand integrated prevention initiatives, improve climate and culture, support reforming the military justice process,...
Snap of the Week
The 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard, and enabler units from across the U.S. and Canada participate in a training exercise at Fort Johnson, Louisiana June 13. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kati Volkman
Report: Suicide Is Top Cause of Death for Active Duty Soldiers
USA Today reported on Defense Health Agency data showing that suicide was the top cause of death among active duty Army personnel from 2014 to 2019. Accidents were the number-two cause with 814 deaths, and there were 96 combat fatalities, according to the article. The rate of suicide has risen...
House Begins NDAA Debate with a Partisan Focus
House Republicans agreed to a package of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that Democrats say include conservative “poison pills” that threaten the bipartisan support for the bill, which passed out of committee by a vote of 57 to 1. The House Rules Committee allowed around 350...


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Home slider: “76th and 78th ARS Homecoming,” Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Hong, 514th Air Mobility Wing/Public Affairs