The Charleston region has been designated as one of the Great American Defense Communities by the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), according to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The designation, officials said, is given to communities "providing unwavering support to service members and military families.”
The Charleston Metro Chamber, an ADC member, nominated the region for this distinction in support of Joint Base Charleston and the numerous public and private partnerships that work to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans and their families.
The Chamber application generated letters of support from national, state and local officials and organizations including Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC); Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC); Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg; North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey; and the South Carolina Military Base Task Force.
"This designation validates the many organizations and individuals who contribute unwavering support to our service members, veterans and military families who live and serve in the Lowcountry," Mary Graham, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's chief advancement officer, said.
Over the next six months, each community will host a local event recognizing its selection and celebrating the hard work and creativity of the individuals and organizations making their communities great places for service members and their families to live.
These events will culminate in a special reception and a Congressional breakfast during the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., June 19-21.