On Monday, February 27, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted a special reception with more than 80 business, community and military leaders in attendance to honor San Antonio’s new status as a Great American Defense Community from the Association of Defense Community (ADC).
The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and the City of San Antonio joined us in receiving this prestigious award, which recognizes our community’s commitment to ensuring our area service members, military families and veterans are proud to call San Antonio home. Diane Rath, Executive Director for AACOG, and Councilman Mike Gallagher, District 10, were on hand to receive the ADC flags commemorating the award. Brigadier General Heather Pringle, 502nd ABW and Joint Base San Antonio Commander, represented our military partners. USAA sponsored this event, showing how they continue to be an invaluable supporter of our military service men and women, both active duty and veterans.
The Great American Defense Communities program, developed by the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) in conjunction with the U.S. House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses, was designed to highlight the unique contributions of cities, counties, and regions that host installations and how they improve quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families. Key leaders from the Department of Defense, the community, and industry were on hand
Joining the Alamo – San Antonio Region in this year’s class are the following seven communities:
- The Charleston Region, SC
- Christian County, KY
- The Fort Hood – Central Texas Region
- Hampton Roads, VA
- Maricopa County, AZ
- Sierra Vista, AZ
- The Governments of Southeastern Connecticut
In addition to the presentation of the award for the Great American Defense Community, Marc Lingenfelter, Senior Vice President, State and Federal Programs at the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), presented Brig Gen Pringle, Chamber Chairman Rad Weaver (McCombs Partners), and the City of San Antonio, with a $5 Million check. This funding will support area military independent school districts with important and vital funding for critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Formed in 2007, NSMI aims to address one of this nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats – the declining number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in math and science and are equipped for careers in those fields.
To flourish in the 21st Century, the United States must continue to generate intellectual capital that can drive the economic engine of our future prosperity. This crucial project began as a public-private partnership, led by private donors such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. It is a tremendous honor for the Chamber to provide a venue and an opportunity to recognize our City and Community and our Military Schools with such great awards.