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Military Committee

Sixteen members of the Military Affairs Commitee, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, toured the Alaska Recue Coordination Center and one of the 176th Wing's HH-60 Pave Hawks Oct. 4, 2018, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Orienting community members on Alaska Air National Guard missions helps guardsmen and community members be better neighbors. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. N. Alicia Halla/Released)

Meeting Time: First Thursday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 am at the Anchorage Chamber Board Room

Committee Chair: George Vakalis

Staff Liaison: Katie Cole, 907-677-7111


The Mission

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Military Committee acts as an interface between the military and business community and communicates with the local armed forces to address mutual concerns. With a focus on the military, military family, and community involvement, this committee is responsible for all Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation events.



  • Maintain military/community involvement and become familiar with potential business opportunities
  • Foster a supportive relationship with our military forces and encourage support by the business community during deployments and redeployments of military and family members
  • Continue to monitor and address issues that resulted from the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) as well as further reduction/increases of Forces efforts.
  • Continue to be informed of upcoming military programs and facilities


Promote Your Military Discount

Fill out the form here to have your business's military discount noted during Military Appreciation Week.


2020 Bowl-a-Thon Event

The Military Committee is responsible for planning the Bowl-a-Thon event which gives local businesses have the opportunity to give back to our servicemen and women by donating bowling lanes. This event raises money for the Military Appreciation Events held in June. This is held the first Saturday in February. Huge thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible!



Military Appreciation Week

Honoring our local military personnel kicks off with a Military Appreciation Luncheon to thank them for their service to Anchorage and our country. The week ends with the Military Committee and Chamber staff hosting the Military Appreciation Picnic to feed almost 5,000 service members and their families.


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