PALMDALE – On Saturday, June 25 at 6:30 pm the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) will officially present the Antelope Valley with the Great American Defense Community Award Flag just prior to the performance by the 562nd Air Force Band Concert at the Palmdale Amphitheater. ADC Board Member Keith Kalehan and USAA representative Rory Wicks will present the flag to the City, Edward's Air Force Base and Air Force Plant 42 representatives.
The Antelope Valley was named one of the 2022 Great American Defense Communities, as awarded by the ADC in conjunction with USAA, the program’s official sponsor at the Defense Communities National Summit in March. The City of Palmdale applied for the award on behalf of the region and highlighted the wealth of resources available, both on and off base, that support veterans, military service members, and their families in the Antelope Valley. This includes workforce training, housing opportunities, health and wellness, special events and programs, and dozens of organizations working to support the local military community.
“It is truly an honor that the Antelope Valley has been recognized as a 2022 Great American Defense Community,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “Palmdale has a long and deep relationship with Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Plant 42, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, and more than 80 prominent aerospace, commercial space, defense companies, and suppliers who to provide our nation with cutting edge aerospace technology to equip our military forces with the best resources available in their mission of keeping all of us safe and free.”
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 the lives of service members, veterans, and their families.
ADC ias 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 and state in the country. Visit defensecommunities.org to learn more.
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 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, visit usaa.com.