WASHINGTON, D.C.. — The Association of Defense Communities, an organization made up of regional leaders living in and around military bases, awarded Michael Reese its 2016 Community Leadership Award during its national summit this week. The group said Reese had been a “driving force” behind the success of Fort Polk Progress, a group which has sought to bring stakeholders from both Fort Polk and the surrounding region to the table to discuss how to create successful partnerships.
Reese said he sees this award as evidence of just that — the community and installation’s ability to always come together to create the best solution for all.
“I am incredibly thankful to ADC for recognizing me with this award,” he said. “Everything we have been able to accomplish though, has been the result of great teamwork from across our region, state and our federal delegation. Having the efforts of our great team recognized by our other defense community colleagues is a great honor. This recognition gives our whole team great motivation to continue to work to support our military mission and the soldiers and families that call Fort Polk home.”
Reese accepted the award June 21 during a special ceremony on Capitol Hill. The ceremony featured remarks from keynote speakers Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“Michael Reese’s leadership in Louisiana has truly been a game-changer for the region around Fort Polk,” ADC President Michael Cooper said. “With his vision, leaders from both sides of the gate have come to the table over the years with one goal: to strengthen Fort Polk’s mission.”
ADC (www.defensecommunities.org) builds resilient communities that support America’s military. It is the nation’s leading association representing communities and states with a significant military presence and their partner organizations. It unites the diverse interests of communities, states, the private sector and the military on issues such as protecting defense infrastructure, community-military partnerships, defense real estate, mission growth, base redevelopment, and support for military families and veterans.