• Military Affairs


    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.

    Award Categories:

    • 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

    Vice Chairperson

    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

    Darwin Tolzin-VFW

    Leo Stirling-Rolling Thunder/VFW

    David Zoelle-VFW

    Bill Flippo – SD National Guard

    Russell D. Mileham – American Legion

    Roger Solum - Retired Army 

    Erin Tedesco - ROTC

    Staff Liasion

    Andrea Fox-Mosher



    Chamber Board Rep.

    Kari Westlund – Best Choice