Military affairs in Colorado Springs is ingrained in every part of the region’s foundation. Economically, the headquarters for some of the nation’s most critical defense operations generates a $7 billion annual impact. In the community, enlisted, veterans, and their families are active in the workforce and across neighborhoods. Supporting that ecosystem is the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC Military Affairs Council. Through relationships with installations, government, and business leaders, we lift the voice of military missions, members, families, and veterans.
The Military Affairs Council, or MAC, strives to be the first organization Pikes Peak region military commands look to for service, support, and advocacy. MAC members spend energy developing and maintaining an environment that economically and culturally supports a viable local military presence.
All Chamber & EDC members are eligible to join the MAC. Military experience is not required; only a strong belief in national defense and unwavering support for uniformed services.
Members participate on at least one committee and are active in planning and participating in Military Affairs Council programs.
Defense Mission Task Force: The DMTF brings business, government, and military leaders together to improve the effectiveness and vitality of our region’s military facilities.
Area Chiefs of Staff: ACOS members from local installations and regional governments collaborate to support key military interests and their impact on the community.
Military Spouse Career Coalition: We work with elected officials, family services, workforce agencies, and others to pursue initiatives to minimize barriers to working military spouses.
Senior Enlisted Breakfast: At these meetings, senior enlisted military personnel from each installation discuss activities as they pertain to their mission.
Membership: Relationships and education are the focus of this committee, which also presents Hail and Farewell receptions, Military Speaker Luncheons, the Armed Forces Luncheon, and other programs.
Sponsorship: Members ensure hosted events have appropriate resources to carry out the event through sponsorships.
Liaison: Liaisons with familiarity specific to an organization or installation foster relationships to increase education and collaboration.
Community Relations: Committee members promote an understanding of military needs through the support of activities and actions that benefit the military community.
Finance: Individuals work with the Sponsorship Committee to build a budget for programs and other Military Affairs Council financial needs.
Programs: The committee initiates event planning and works jointly with the Chamber & EDC to present programs.
|Jim Ross||Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)||Chair|
|Kent Fortune||USAA Mountain States Regional Office||Vice Chair|
|Kristen Christy||Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.||Past Chair|
|Keith Klaehn||CSM, U.S. Army (Ret.), Town & Country Realty, Inc.||Defense Military Task Force Chair|
|Ron Fitch||Col., U.S. Army (Ret.), UC Health Memorial System||Defense Mission Task Force Vice Chair|
|Rich Burchfield||Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Catalyst Campus||At-Large Member|
|Kate Hatten||Peak Military Care Network||At-Large Member|
|Michael Jorgensen||The Colorado Thirty Group (Representative), |
Red Noland Auto Group
|Lisanne McNew||McNew & Associates||At-Large Member|
|Terrance McWilliams||CSM, U.S. Army (Ret.), El Pomar Foundation||At-Large Member|
|Chuck Moneypenny||SGM, U.S. Army (Ret)||At-Large Member|
|Kevin Mortensen||Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), BAE Systems, Inc.||At-Large Member|
|Tony Przybyslawski||Maj. Gen. U.S. Air Force (Ret.),|
The Boeing Company
|Randy Rocha||Harrison School District Two||At-Large Member|
|Greg Welch||Independent Bank||At-Large Member|
|Paul Woody||Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association||At-Large Member|
|Joe Wysocki||Col., U.S. Air Force|
Systems Planning and Analysis Corporation
|Reggie Ash||Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)||Honorary Member|
|Dirk Draper||Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC||Honorary Member|
|Beth Leake||Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC||Honorary Member|
|Jay Lindell||Maj. Gen. U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade||Honorary Member|
|Andy Pico||CDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Colorado Springs City Council||Honorary Member|
|Tom Strand||Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Colorado Springs City Council||Honorary Member|
|John Trylch||City of Fountain||Honorary Member|
|Stan VanderWerf||El Paso County Board of County Commissioners||Honorary Member|