The Association of Defense Communities will host a Rocky Mountain Regional Forum this week in Colorado Springs that will hone in on issues related to budget cuts and the changing U.S. military environment.
“Communities that host military installations are facing an increasingly urgent set of concerns including budget cuts, a looming BRAC [base realignment and closure], and evolving missions and force realignments/reductions,” the association stated in a news release earlier this week. “Given the scale of these challenges, it is imperative community leaders understand the current defense environment and the role they can play in supporting their defense infrastructure.”
The forum, which is subtitled “Building Resilient Defense Communities,” will also touch on how these changes might impact military-centric communities such as Colorado Springs, as well as advice on how to address such challenges.
The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, at the Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center (2886 S. Circle Dr.) in Colorado Springs. Registration is $50 and is available at adcregionalforum.org.
Keynote speakers will include: Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general for Colorado; U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO); Rep. Mike Coffman (C-06); U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO); El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey; Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart; and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
The association also hosted a southeast forum Oct. 5 at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., and a northwest forum August 20-21 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
The Association of Defense Communities represents 200 military communities throughout the country, according to defensecommunities.org.
“ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and the military on issues of base closure and realignment, community-military partnerships, defense real estate, mission growth, mission sustainment, military privatization, military families/veteran support and base redevelopment,” according to the website.