The Military Affairs Committee promotes a positive working relationship among employers and area military and veterans groups.
Programs and Events
Veterans Day Program
The Veterans Day Program is organized by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and is held on November 11 each year. During the program, the Military Affairs Committee awards soldiers and civilians for their involvement in both the military and their community. The recipients are nominated by other soldiers and civilians in the community of Brookings.
2022 Military Affairs Committee Award Nominations
Thank you for considering nominating an individual for a Military Affairs Committee Veterans Day award. All awards will be presented in person on Veterans Day (11/11/2022) during the program at Swiftel Event Center at 9:30AM. Neither nominees nor nominating party need to be Chamber members.
- Officer of the Year
- Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
- Soldier of the Year
- Civilian of the Year
Nominations can be accessed below. Please submit your nomination to Andrea by November 1st, 2022.
2022 Committee Members
Russ Chavez – SDSU Veterans Affairs Director
Robert Hurd- American Legion & Vet. Memorial
Andy Ellis - SDSU Armed Forces Assoc.
Roger Hansen –VFW Commander
Loren Hanson – VFW Commander – Rolling Thunder
Robert Hill –DAV
Courtney Steffen-Veterans Service Officer
Ashley Alvarado- Veterans Employment Specialist
Scott Kwasniewski, SD Dept of Labor
Connie Johnson- SDSU Veterans Affairs
Jason Kettwig – SDSU Army ROTC
David Exton – SDSU Army ROTC
Leo Stirling-Rolling Thunder/VFW
Bill Flippo – SD National Guard
Russell D. Mileham – American Legion
Roger Solum - Retired Army
Erin Tedesco - ROTC
Chamber Board Rep.
Kari Westlund – Best Choice