Members and Investors

Military Affairs Council

Bringing the Military & Community Together

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.

Facts & Figures

Residents Employed by the Military
Military Veterans
$7 Billion
Military & Defense Annual Economic Impact
Military Installations


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.

  • We help nurture, grow, and strengthen relationships between local installations and the community.
  • We assure positive perceptions of our community by Department of Defense leaders and local commanders.
  • We inform community leaders and MAC members about the issues facing our local military commanders and their installations.
  • We support initiatives that provide a superior quality of life for military members and their families.

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.

  • Apply for the MAC: Download the application
  • Note: MAC membership is available to individuals who do not represent a business entity. Those individuals may apply (or maintain their membership) if they no longer represent business interests and still want to continue to support MAC activities.


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.

Board of Directors

Kent FortuneRetiredChair
Kevin MortensenLt. Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), BAE Systems, Inc.Vice Chair
Jim RossCol., U.S. Air Force (Ret.)Past Chair
Reggie AshCol., U.S. Air Force (Ret.); CaliolaAt-Large Member
Kristen Christy2018 Air Force Spouse of the YearAt-Large Member
Dawn ConleyCatalyst CampusAt-Large Member
Paul DeCeccoAt-Large Member
Ron FitchCol., U.S. Army (Ret.), UC Health Memorial SystemDefense Mission Task Force Vice Chair
Kate HattenPeak Military Care NetworkAt-Large Member
Ron HuntleyAt-Large Member
Michael JorgensenThe Colorado Thirty Group (Representative),
Red Noland Auto Group
At-Large Member
Keith KlaehnCSM, U.S. Army (Ret.), Town & Country Realty, Inc.Defense Military Task Force Chair
Johnna Reeder KleymeyerColorado Springs Chamber & EDCEx-Officio
Doc KlodnickiAt-Large Member
Beth LeakeColorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Jim LovewellLt. Col., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Colorado Springs Chamber & EDCEx-Officio
Haley McGuireAt-Large Member
Lisanne McNewMcNew & AssociatesAt-Large Member
Terrance McWilliamsCSM, U.S. Army (Ret.), El Pomar FoundationAt-Large Member
Randy RochaHarrison School District TwoAt-Large Member
Tom StrandCol., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Colorado Springs City CouncilEx-Officio
John TrylchCity of Fountain
Honorary Member
Brian WortingerCol., U.S. Army (Ret.), Colorado Springs UtilitiesAt-Large Member
Holly WilliamsEl Paso County Board of County CommissionersEx-Officio
Joe WysockiCol., U.S. Air Force
Systems Planning and Analysis Corporation
At-Large Member
Top Cities for Defense Jobs ClearanceJobs 2018
Best Cities for Veterans to Live Veterans United 2020

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