Our community has several connections to the military. Check out our tribute video, produced by the North Dakota National Guard, to the men and women of our military, which debuted on August 8, 2013 at Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks. To those we have and continue to serve, we cannot say thank you enough.
On a Mission to Foster Support for Our Troops
The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee is on a mission to foster a community of support for the men and women of our military and the missions they carry out on our behalf. With an annual economic impact to the region of over $70 million and the most reliable arsenal we have to fight annual floods and preserve the freedom we love, the vital role of the military in our region is undeniable. To recognize these courageous individuals, the committee will plan activities to raise awareness in the community for the work that they do and provide opportunities for the community to thank them for their outstanding accomplishments. The committee will also have a keen eye on advancing public policies that will advance our regions military units.
Help us make our metro military friendly. Learn more about the Honor Star program and how you can be involved. Support Our Troops through Military Appreciation Night.
Here are just a few of the ways we’re fostering a community of support:
Each year, we host Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks. In 2012, we treated over 600 families to a night at the ballpark. In 2013, we topped this number, giving over 650 military personnel and their families a night of patriotic tributes and appreciation at Newman Outdoor Field.
In November 2011, the Military Affairs committee hosted Military Appreciation Day at the North Dakota State University Bison football game, where 450 service members and their families enjoyed free tickets to the game and a variety of activities.
In 2008, North Dakota was honored by the naming of a Virginia-class nuclear submarine. The Chamber was proud to take part in the efforts to name the boat and, to help grow awareness and support for the project, introduced a model replica of the USS North Dakota that has been touring member firms. We also helped host a press conference introducing the USS North Dakota’s Executive Officer, LCDR Jeremiah D. Minner of the United States Navy.
Partnering with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Moorhead, the Hire Our Heroes Career Fair drew over 250 service members and 30 Chamber member employers for a day of networking, interviewing and hiring.
In August, we held our inaugural State of the Military event, featuring top brass from both the Minnesota and North Dakota National Guards discussing the current state of our military operations and the future of our armed services both at home and abroad.