The Association of Defense Communities has announced that the Fort Hood - Central Texas Region, which includes Killeen, has been named a 2017 Great American Defense Community. The honor is bestowed on communities that provide unwavering support to service members and military families.
"We hear time and time again that there is no stronger supporter of a military installation than Central Texas is of Fort Hood," said Mayor Jose Segarra. "Receiving this national recognition is a reflection of our regional cooperation and determination to do our best in serving those who serve."
Dozens of nominees for the designation demonstrated dedicated efforts to improve the quality of life of service members, veterans and their families in areas such as education, employment, housing, deployment support and community appreciation. Among the many reasons the Fort Hood - Central Texas Region was selected for the honor is the success of educational partnerships with Killeen Independent School District, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University - Central Texas.
The Fort Hood area was one of eight communities selected for the 2017 designation. Other honorees are The Alamo - San Antonio Region, The Charleston South Carolina Region, Christian County, Kentucky, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Maricopa County, Arizona, Sierra Vista, Arizona and the Governments of Southeastern Connecticut.
The 2017 Great American Defense Communities will be honored in June during the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, DC.
More information about the Association of Defense Communities and the Great American Defense Communities program can be found at www.defensecommunities.org.