Washington, D.C. – Greater Omaha, home to Offutt Air Force Base, is one of five communities across the country selected as a 2023 Great American Defense Community.

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 2023 class also includes the city of El Paso, Texas; Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska; the Montgomery-River region in Alabama; and the Fort George G. Meade region in Maryland.

“We are incredibly excited to honor Greater Omaha as a 2023 Great American Defense Community,” ADC President Karen Holt said. “Greater Omaha is a great example of how communities are working tirelessly to ensure America’s military can be proud of where they call home.”

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 quality of life for military.

“Our focus in the Greater Omaha region is to continue to improve the quality of life where everyone can live, work, do business and call home,” said Veta T. Jeffrey, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. “Our commitment is not only to the men and women who protect and serve our country but also to the loved ones who come with them. We want them to find a space that gives them peace of mind, comfort and a great community of people during transitions. We are honored to receive the Great American Defense Community designation and look forward to continuing to serve.”

Communities are chosen through a competitive nomination process based on community building efforts, such as educational and employment opportunities, and support and collaboration with neighboring military installations.  

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 organizations as members, ADC represents every major defense community and state in the country. Visit defensecommunities.org to learn more.  Facebook |LinkedIn |Twitter

About USAA

Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is among the leading providers of insurance, banking and investment and retirement solutions to more than 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have honorably served and their families. Headquartered in San Antonio, USAA has offices in seven U.S. cities and three overseas locations and employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofits in support of military families and communities where employees live and work. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.

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Chris Duyos
Director of Outreach