• Military Affairs


  • The Military Affairs Committee promotes a positive working relationship among employers and area military and veterans groups. They meet on the first Monday of each month at noon.

    Veterans Day Program

    The Veterans Day Program is organized by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce and is held on November 11 every year.

    Annual Awards

    The Military Affairs Committee provides awards to 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


    For more information, contact Kaitlyn Luebbert by email at Kaitlyn@brookingschamber.org.

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  • 2021 Committee Members

    Russ Chavez- Chair 

    SDSU Veterans Affairs Director 

    Robert Hurd- Vice Chair 

    American Legion & Veterans Memorial 

    Andy Ellis- SDSU Armed Forces Association 

    Roger Hansen- VFW Commander

    Loren Hanson- VFW Commander- Rolling Thunder

    Robert Hill- DAV

    Mike Holzhauser- Veterans Service Officer 

    Eileen Aberle- Veterans Service Officer 

    Dwight Kahler- Veterans Employment Specialist

    Scott Kwasniewski- SD Department of Labor 

    Connie Johnson- SDSU Veterans Affairs 

    Jason Kettwig- SDSU Army ROTC

    David Exton- SDSU Army ROTC 

    Darwin Tolzin- VFW

    Leo Stirling- Rolling Thunder/VFW

    David Zoelle- Rolling Thunder 

    Jason Haufschild- SDSU Airforce 

    Bill Flippo- SD National Gaurd

    Russel D. Mileham- American Legion

    LTC Aaron Schultz- Army ROTC 

    Andrew Ellis- SDSU Armed Forces Association

    Riley Hestermann- Air Force ROTC

    Kim Chase- Valley FiberCom

    Bo McCloud- Northwestern Mutual - Bo McCloud


    Chamber Board Liason

    Kari Westlund- Best Choice Real Estate


    Chamber Staff Representative

    Kaitlyn Luebbert