Spouse and Family Forum


AFA’s Spouse and Family Forum 2014: Resiliency
Monday, September 15, 2014: 8:30am- 2:00pm

Spouses of military personnel in the NCR are approved to attend the AFA Spouse and Family Forum 2014 with free admission.

 Topic  Speaker
 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Registration  
 8:30 a.m.-8:50 a.m. Welcome Air Force and AFA Leadership
 8:50 a.m.-8:55 a.m. Air Force Update Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services
 8:55 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Resilience and You Ottis West, Senior Trainer, Techwerks
 10:15 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Spouse Moment Wendy Fish, TAPS
 10:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Air Force Spouse Perspective Frank Beatty, spouse of SECAF Deborah Lee James
    Betty Welsh, spouse of CSAF Gen. Mark A. Welsh III
    Athena Cody, spouse of CMSAF James A. Cody
 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Suicide Prevention: Building a Resilient Family Dr. Mary Bartlett, Behavioral Health and Risk Consultant, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch  
 12:45 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Spouse Moment Verenice Castillo, Founder, Military Spouse Advocacy Network
 12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Motivated to New Heights Dan Clark, President/CEO, Clark Success Systems
 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Closing and Tour of Airmen & Family Programs Pavilion Paula Roy, Director, Airmen & Family Programs, AFA

Meet our speakers!


For the first time ever, we are proud to host the Airmen & Family Programs Pavilion, Presented by Lifelock as part of our Technology Exposition. Please be sure to visit the Pavilion, and check out the information and programs available to military families from the following organizations:





Q. Is this Forum just for Air Force spouses?
A. No. The information and empowerment we're providing is aimed to help all military spouses, with a focus on the Total Air Force Family.

Q. Is there childcare available?
A. No.

Q. Is lunch included?
A. Yes! We’ll have a working lunch when you’ll get to network with other spouses!

Q. How do I register?
A. We recommend registering online, but we will also have a separate line at the registration desk day-of for walk-ins. Please be sure to check in with us between 8:00am - 9:00am on September 16.

Q. How do I get to the Gaylord National Harbor?
A. Bus: AFA provides complimentary daily shuttle bus service on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and the Pentagon (South Parking-Fern St), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Joint Base Andrews, and King Street Metro Station during the Conference. The full schedule is here.

  • Parking at the Gaylord - AFA has negotiated discounted self parking rates at the hotel (see below for details). Valet parking is available for up to $35 per day based on length of stay.
    • For attendees staying at the hotel: The discounted self parking rate is $13 per day, which is 50% off their normal rate. During check-in at the front desk, please make sure to communicate to the front desk agent that you are parking a vehicle in order to get the charges added to your hotel folio. You MUST tell the front desk agent that you are with AFA in order to get the discounted self parking rate.
    • For our local attendees not staying at the hotel: You can self-park at the Gaylord for $13 per day (for one entrance/exit per day) $18 per day (for unlimited entrances/exits per day). In order to take advantage of the $13 or $18 offer, you will need to stop by the Parking Desk located near AFA Registration during registration hours to pre-pay for your parking.
  • Parking in National Harbor - There are several parking garages in National Harbor in close proximity to the Gaylord. The National Harbor public parking garages start with the first hour at $3. It increases to a maximum of $11 per entrance/exit for up to 12 hours and $13 for 24 hours.

Q. What is the dress code?
A. Attire for all Forum and conference sessions is Business Suit/Service Dress. If you are visiting our Exhibit Hall the dress is Business Suit/Uniform of the Day. The Outstanding Airmen of the Year Dinner is Business Suit/Service Dress. The Anniversary Dinner is Black-Tie/Mess Dress.

Q. What is the Outstanding Airmen Dinner?
A. This dinner on September 15 recognizes Airmen from all major air commands and operating agencies that have displayed the Air Force values within their fields. The outstanding airmen were chosen from nominations made by all Air Force Commands based on their “unique, unusual or outstanding individual involvement and achievement within the proceeding 12 months”. Dress for this event is business suit/service dress.

Q. What is the Air Force Anniversary Dinner?
A. This dinner on September 17 recognizes achievements made by members of the Air Force, industry and the government. During the dinner the awards that will be given out include; the Lifetime Achievement Award, the John R. Allison Award, the W. Stuart Symington Award and the H. H. Arnold Award. Dress for this event is black-tie/mess dress.