Chamber seeking Veterans Day award nominations

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BROOKINGS – The Brookings Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is proud to host the community’s annual Veterans Day Program at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Swiftel Center.

All are welcome to attend this free event and honor the country’s veterans. Master of Ceremonies Scott Kwasniewski will lead a program including the Brookings High School Orchestra, a welcome by the mayor, veterans address by 114th Squadron Commander Riley Hestermann, and awards by Military Affairs Committee Chairman and Sgt. 1st Class Retired Russel Chavez.

“I’m proud to lead a committee that gets to do great work like this all year round,” Chavez said. “We are appreciative to the Chamber of Commerce for taking this program over back in 2019 and to all committee members who contribute to make the program as special as it is.”

The Military Affairs Committee is seeking nominations for four awards which will be presented:

• Officer of the Year

• Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

• Soldier of the Year

• Civilian of the Year

Nominations can be made by going to or by stopping at the Chamber of Commerce office at 1321 Sixth St. Nominations are due by Oct. 22.

Contact Kaitlyn Luebbert, director of programming and special events at the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, at  692-8922 or [email protected], or Russ Chavez, Military Affairs Committee chair, at [email protected] for additional details and nomination requirements.


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