Former Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond, third from left, battled to expand Highway 395 to four lanes through Lassen County.

Hammond receives national recognition

Former District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond worked hard for his constituents especially in moving Plumas Sierra Electric forward with its tie-in with NV Energy at Sierra Army Depot and for the huge solar array there, and for his work with the Higway 395 coalition.

But that all changed Wednesday night when he received both a Congressional Recognition from Congressman Doug LaMalfa and the 2023-2024 Defense Community Champions award from the Navy Federal Credit Union and the Association of Defense Communities.

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram, former Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond and Teri Dubose, from LaMalfa’s office celebrate Tom Hammond’s service to his constituents and the people of Lassen County.

“Tom never got the recognition he deserves for moving Plumas Sierra Electric forward or all the 395 coalition efforts either,” said Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram. “Plumas Electric did get awarded the huge DCIP grant for over $8 million for the tie-in into NV energy. He also was instrumental in getting the big solar field for Sierra Army Depot a few years back. We still have to get an award made for him and do another ceremony for him from all of us in the South County.”

The Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

Defense Community Champions
The Defense Community Champions program recognizes individuals who make a difference in their defense communities through deeds big and small. Defense Community Champions are leaders on base, in communities and across local governments and industry.

The Defense Community Champions program is presented in partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union. As the world’s largest credit union exclusively serving the military and their families, Navy Federal has long been a champion for our service members and they will join you in celebrating our community champions.

Tom Hammond’s Defense Community Champions award. Photos submitted

How are champions recognized?
Local champions are recognized through recognition ceremonies planned by the defense community, assisted by a local Navy Federal branch. ADC will promote local champions on social media, provide a toolkit for communities to help promote your champion and provide one local award per community.

Local champions will also be featured in materials for the Defense Communities National Summit in April 2024. Additional guidance on how to promote your local champion will be provided during and immediately following the nomination period.

National honorees will be recognized during a ceremony at the Defense Communities National Summit in April 2024. (Because National honorees are selected from local champions, they will first be recognized as a local champion in their community).