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  • This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Military Appreciation Banquet, an event that began in 1968. What started out as small dinner-in-the-home parties hosted by Jim and Rosemary Messer* for their friends in the military. It quickly grew and prospered into the banquet style event it is today, hosting over 600 people. The evening honors the military personnel from Interior Alaska who have been honored for their excellence, leadership, and commitment in service to our armed forces. The banquet is a great way for our community to show our gratitude and support for our friends in uniform. The 2019 banquet will be held on Friday, May 10th at 6 p.m. at the Carlson Center.

    The banquet program includes recognition of military members who have exhibited distinguished service to our country and volunteer of the year recipients from each of the installations. A member of the community who best promoted military/community relations over the years is also awarded with the The Jim Messer Award.

    This event would not be possible without the generous support of the business community. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2019 event, please call us at (907) 452-1105.

    *Jim Messer was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee for the Fairbanks Chamber for many years and, for decades, he was on the front lines of our community’s efforts to offer the military an environment of friendliness, first-class housing, and a quality of life second to none.

  • 2019 Keynote Speaker

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    Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command


    Vice Admiral Michael J. Dumont is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command, and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  As Deputy Commander, Admiral Dumont assists the Combatant Commander in anticipating, preparing for and responding to threats against North America and within Northern Command’s assigned area of responsibility.  Additionally, he provides oversight of U.S. Northern Command’s mission to provide Defense Support to Civil Authorities. 

  • Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!