Davis and Weber Counties Named 2020 ‘Great American Defense Community’

Press release courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities 

Washington, D.C. – Together, Davis and Weber counties, Utah, are one of five communities across the country named to the 2020 Class of Great American Defense Communities, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) announced in conjunction with USAA, the program’s official sponsor.

“The strength of our military starts at home, in America’s defense communities,” said ADC President Joe Driskill. “We are proud to recognize Davis and Weber counties as a community that goes above and beyond to support Hill Air Force Base. We are excited to share their story.”

The communities recognized by the Great American Defense Communities program demonstrate exemplary work in improving the quality of life of military personnel and their families through programs, initiatives and partnerships in their regions.

“We are extremely pleased to be selected as a 2020 Great American Defense Community,” said Tage Flint, president of the Utah Defense Alliance. “The whole community works tirelessly to improve the quality of life and mission effectiveness for over 20,000 military professionals, civilians, and family members who make up Hill’s military family.”

The Great American Defense Communities program, now in its fifth year, was established to recognize the role that communities and regions with active installations in the U.S. play in supporting service members and military families. Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, and educational and employment opportunities, and family support.

About ADC

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/state in the nation. To learn more, visit defensecommunities.org.

About USAA 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 its 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.

Families gather for the annual Salute Picnic at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 2, 2019. This was the 19th year the Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee sponsored the event for Hill’s military and family members. The first event was held in December 2001 as a welcome home celebration for the military deployed following 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)