The Military Affairs Committee promotes a positive working relationship among employers and area military and veterans groups.
Military Affairs Banner Program
Help us salute the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces with the new Military Banner Program.
The Military Affairs Committee of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants to spotlight individuals who have served and/or are serving in all arms of the US Military. Each banner will showcase one individual's photo, their name, and branch, for nearly three months of the year, over Veteran's day. These banners will only line 6th Street.
To sponsor a banner, please submit this form along with a high resolution photo to the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce by July 31,2023. To qualify as a honoree, the individual must meet these requirements:
- Currently serving, Active Duty, or past Military service
- Current or former resident of Brookings County
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.
2023 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 (11/11/2023) 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, 2023.
2023 Committee Members
Russ Chavez – SDSU Veterans Affairs Director
Robert Hurd- American Legion & Vet. Memorial
Andy Ellis - SDSU Armed Forces Assoc.
Roger Hansen –VFW
Loren Hanson – VFW Commander – Rolling Thunder
Robert Hill –DAV
Courtney Steffen-Veterans Service Officer
Erin Tedesco- Air Force ROTC
Connie Johnson- SDSU Veterans Affairs
Jason Kettwig – SDSU Army ROTC
Charles Burge – SDSU Army ROTC
Leo Stirling-Rolling Thunder/VFW
Scott Kwasniewski- SD Dept. of Labor
Bill Flippo – SD National Guard
Russell D. Mileham – American Legion
Lois Ladegaard- Auxiliary VFW
Chamber Board Rep.
Meeting Location Sponsor
Lisa Steenson- Ray's Corner