Military & Veteran Awards

Each year, the Military & Veterans Committee of the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes our military, military families, Veterans and civilian advocates that have shown outstanding achievement in the military or in support of the military or Veterans in the Aberdeen area.  Six awards may be presented including:

  • Enlisted Officer of the Year (grades E-1 through E-4)
  • Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (grades E-5 through E-9)
  • Officer or Warrant Officer of the Year (grades O-1 through O-10 & WO1 through CW5)
  • Military Family of the Year
  • Rich Kezar Veteran of Armed Services Award
  • Civilian Advocate Award for Military and/or Veteran Groups (individuals)

The selected nominees will be recognized and receive their award during the Chamber’s Annual Community Champions Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel of Aberdeen.

We are therefore seeking nominations of personnel in the Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans members, Military families and Civilian advocates who have been serving during the past year.

To make your nomination, please submit an application with letter of recommendation and/or citaton along with completed application and photo by mail to Gail Ochs at PO Box 1179, Aberdeen, SD 57402-11179 or by email to by February 5, 2021.

Letter of Recommendation Sample

Citation Sample


If the selected individual is unable to attend the presentation, we ask that you select another individual. We look forward to your nominations! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Chamber at (605) 225-2860.