NAS Pensacola & NAS Whiting Field Community, home to Naval Station Pensacola and Naval Air Station Whiting Field, are counted together as one of five communities across the country named to the 2021 Class of Great American Defense Communities, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) announced today in conjunction with USAA, the program’s official sponsor.
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.
The 2021 class also includes Altus, Oklahoma; Coastal Georgia; Everett, Washington; and Great Falls, Montana.
Shortly after the announcement, Sen. Rick Scott tweeted his congratulations.
"As the proud home to more than 1.5 million veterans, 20 military bases and three unified commands, Florida is the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation," Scott wrote. "Congratulations to (NAS Pensacola) and (NAS Whiting Field) for being named Great American Defense Communities by (the Association of Defense Communities).
The Great American Defense Communities program, now in its sixth year, recognizes the role that communities and regions with active installations in the U.S. play in supporting service members and military families.