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Military Affairs Committee



Empowering veterans and active military to thrive in our community by fostering collaboration, identifying opportunities, and providing access to essential resources.


The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) recognizes and rewards outstanding service. They achieve this in three ways:

Military Recognition: The MAC honors exceptional military officers and enlisted personnel.

Scholarship Programs: Through sponsorships and fundraising events, and the MAC Emeritus Council, they award scholarships to three outstanding cadets in the ASU ROTC program and one Tempe veteran through the Merle Fister Veteran Scholarship. In 2020, they established the "Kyle Brayer Veteran in Public Safety Award" to recognize exceptional veterans in the public safety field.

Community Support:

Beyond recognition, the MAC fosters connections between businesses and veterans. They also assist employers with developing workplace resources and programs that benefit veterans.

Annual Awards and Scholarships

AZ National Guard 161st Refueling Wing “Copper 5 Honors”:

  • Donald Plough Award
  • Truman Young Award

U.S. Airforce Luke Airforce Base Unit Awards:

  • 944th Fighter Wing Graydon Williams Award
  • Navy Operational Support BUC Joel E. Baldwin Memorial Award
  • 61st Fighter Squadron Stephen Trip Grace Memorial Award

Tempe Community Awards:

  • Kyle Brayer Veteran in Public Safety Award


  • Merle Fister Veteran’s Scholarship
  • ASU ROTC Air Force
  • ASU ROTC Army
  • ASU ROTC Navy
  • Marcos de Niza Jr. ROTC

Join Us

Sign up to be a member of the Military Affairs Committee and or email us to volunteer to help the committee with it's programs.

All Chamber of Commerce members are eligible to serve on the committee. Military service, past or present, is not a requirement for involvement.

To learn more about how your business can support the Military Affairs Committee, or for more information about how to get involved, email


Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services 

Air & Space Forces Association

Arizona State University ROTC

Rally Point Arizona 

Unified Arizona Veterans (UAV)

Veterans Workforce Development Program (ImagineXGen)


About MAC:

A program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) was formed in 1981. 


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