The military has had a significant presence in the Colorado Springs area for more than 70 years. What started with the U.S. Army’s Camp Carson, has grown into a burgeoning community of five military installations, hosting key national commands such as the Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and the United States Air Force Academy.
We recognize that military affairs are an essential part of development both to the Colorado Springs region and the state as a whole. As a result, since 1951 the Military Affairs Council (MAC) has striven to support and grow our military installations, strengthen their relationship with the surrounding community and associated industry, and ensure that Colorado Springs feels like home to the men and women serving in our region.
The Military Affairs Council is the voice of the business community in support of the military member, family, mission and veteran in the Colorado Springs region. We are the connecting point for the military with community leaders, elected officials and organizations. Our work in the community stems from our core values; service, support and advocacy.
To be the preferred advisors to our military, political, civic and business leaders on issues that intersect the military and/or defense industry.
Building on a rich tradition of strong support to our military and community, we strive to be the first organization any military command in the Pikes Peak region looks to for service, support and advocacy. Secondly, we serve as the voice of the military and defense and related industries in the Pikes Peak region.
Some of the ways we lend assistance to the region’s military affairs are:
We offer our members the opportunity to become personally acquainted with military leaders across the Colorado Springs Region.
Meet the MAC Board Members:
Mike Jorgenson (Chair)
Red Noland Cadillac
Bob Lally, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Vice Chair
Pikes Peak Region YMCA
Keith Klaehn, CSM, US Army (Ret.), Past Chair
Town & Country Realty
Don Kidd, Col. US Air Force (Ret.), Chair DMTF
Excellence in Defense Consulting, LLC
Denny Cripps, COL USA (Ret.)
Colorado Thirty Group
Liz Anderson, Col. US Air Force (Ret.)
Doug Harris, COL USA (Ret.)
Tony Przybyslawski, Maj. Gen. U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
McNew & Associates, Inc.
Harrison School District 2
Wes Clark, Maj. Gen. U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Terry Storm, Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
El Paso County Commissioner
Don Knight, Col. US Air Force (Ret.)
Colorado Springs City Council Member
Jay Lindell, Maj. Gen. US Air Force (Ret.)
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC
Criteria for Joining
As a part of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, the MAC is also a business-based organization. As such, membership in the MAC is open to any individual who is part of a registered business or non-profit, and is also a member of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and who believes in a strong, effective national defense and wishes to actively show support for our uniformed services. Military Affairs Council members are people willing to spend their energies on developing and maintaining an environment that economically and culturally supports a viable military presence in our community, and provides a superior quality of life for members of the military and their families.
Membership in the MAC is also available to individuals who are not representing a business entity. For those situations, an individual may apply for membership in the MAC (or maintain their membership) if they no longer represent business interests and want to continue to support MAC activities. They would continue to pay MAC dues, but not Chamber and EDC dues.
Fees and Expenses
To accomplish the mission, the Council members pay an individual fee established annually by the MAC Advisory Board. This fee covers the various expenses related to providing support for area military personnel as well as MAC programs and activities. The annual participation fee is currently established at $250. Dues are assessed on a calendar year basis, but will be prorated for a first time new member based on the date of membership approval, and in accordance with the chart below. All MAC members, regardless of their position in the MAC, are expected to pay all dues associated with their membership unless they are extended honorary membership, or other such considerations, by a vote of the Board.
|MAC Membership Dues||2017|
|Annual Membership Fee||$250.00|
|Prorated Fee if Joining: January||$250.00|
Defense Mission Task Force (DMTF)
The mission of the DMTF is to take the lead role on behalf of the Military Affairs Council and the Chief Defense Industry Officer to develop relationships, local government cooperation and programs to improve the ability of Colorado Springs military installations to discharge their national security and defense missions. The DMTF was originally established in 1989 to work behind the scenes to solve problems identified by senior military leadership which needed civilian community support. It brings local business leaders, local government leaders and senior military leaders together in a partnership for improving the effectiveness and vitality of the numerous military facilities in the area. It maintains an awareness of any Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiatives and acts as necessary in the best interests of the military and community.
Area Chiefs of Staff (ACOS)
The origin of the Area Chiefs of Staff meeting dates back to 1957. ACOS is a MAC-led organization and includes individuals from the local installations, City of Colorado Springs, Fountain, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, El Paso County and the State of Colorado with key interests in the military and its impact on the community. Monthly meetings, sponsored by the MAC, are held to stay abreast of community/military problems/issues. Hosting of the luncheon meeting has traditionally been rotated between participants. The main objective of the meetings is to provide area commanders an alternative avenue for identifying issues that, if resolved, would be of great benefit to their installations/services, and initiatives that they believe could best be achieved through community and Chamber and EDC support. ACOS is a supportive venue to discuss issues that utilize the MAC and community to “message” for the military.
Senior Enlisted Breakfast
These meetings are designed to bring all senior enlisted military personnel from each installation together to discuss what is going on at their installation as it pertains to their mission.
Community Relations Committee