Airmen and Family Programs

AFA is continuing to expand programs for airmen and their families to support the Total Air Force. Along with scholarships and professional development available to families, and advocacy on behalf of legislation favoring better benefits, we are committed to supplementing the work being done by Airmen and Family Readiness Centers, and groups like Air Force Aid Society to take care of Airmen from all walks of life.


Transition Program
Currently in the testing phase, we’ve identified a handful of pilot chapters around the country, located near cities and bases to help develop a mentoring system taking advantage of the community connections within our chapter. We aim to work with the TAP programs already offered through the Air Force to continue to Airmen as they move to a civilian life.


Spouse and Family Forum
Save the date to join us this year on September 15, 2014! For more information as it becomes available, check out our conference page.

2013's Forum was a great day full of valuable discussion, and we look forward to building the agenda this year.



Wounded Airman Program

AFA's Wounded Airman Program, established in 2011, provides funds that go directly to helping seriously ill and injured Airman. As a part of our larger mission to support the Total Air Force family, our work in step with the Air Force Wounded Warrior office in San Antonio, TX, who handles care for all Wounded Airmen, including during and after separation or retirement from the Air Force. Using our network of chapters and members, and our resources through restricted fundraising, we are able to fulfill needs for equipment, care, and quality of life items for Wounded Airmen, under the expanded definition of seriously ill, wounded, or injured. To donate to this initiative, click DONATE and select “Wounded Airmen”.  

Donations to AFA's Wounded Airman Program are used to help encourage continuing education and care for airmen. We have provided equipment like specially-outfitted wheelchairs and cars, and support each Wounded Airmen Adaptive Sports Camps, held at no cost to Airmen around the country to foster teamwork, community, leadership, and a sense of mission during various stages of recovery. These camps, and the selection process leading up to the annual Warrior Games, are transformative for the Airmen and their families, and AFA is there to be a part of that. With over 3,000 Airmen identified as "wounded," we have a lot of work to do to make sure they are cared for and welcomed into their communities. At this year’s Warrior Games in Colorado on the National level, we were able to help ship a specially-outfitted wheelchair for Chris Wolff to be able to participate in cycling events. At the State Level, Colorado sponsored an Airman to help with his expenses while at the Games, and brought many members out to cheer on the Air Force Team. In addition to duffel bags for each of the team members, we offered complimentary one-year AFA memberships to each of the incredibly resilient Warriors who competed.

Another success this year, bringing publicity to the Wounded Airman Program, was the Air Force Association Cycling Classic. As the sole beneficiary, riders helped raise $18,500 for the program.

Inquiries can be sent to AFAWAP@afa.org.

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Air Force Association Cycling Classic

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cycling enthusiasts of all abilities.

Cyclists with USA Cycling licenses are invited to race in Arlington on both days. Racing will feature the nations top Pro men and women, which are part of the prestigious National Criterium Calendar. Amateurs of all abilities will also be able to participate on Sunday morning’s Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
The Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup has been the Washington DC region's premier Pro/Am races since 1998. The race showcases a form of cycling involving a series of high-speed bike races that take place on a 1km course on city streets. The Clarendon Cup is known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the U.S. due to technical demands of the course and the quality of the participants.

The day begins with various amateur races, followed by the women's Pro/Am race. The Kids races begin at 11:35am. The day concludes as we bring out the pro Men's Teams in the Invitational at approximately 12:05pm.The men’s pro race is 100 laps (100km) and we guarantee an exciting finish as they race to be crowned winner of this prestigious event

Sunday, June 8th, 2014
The day will begin at 7:30am with the Air Force Association Cycling Classic's Challenge Ride, which offers a closed course open to cycling enthusiasts of all abilities, from casual amateur to serous racer. Bronze, silver and gold medals will be awarded for those who can complete 2, 4 or 6 laps within the 3.5 hour course closure. All riders must be off the course by 11am.

The day’s featured event is the Men’s pro race that will include some of the top pros in the world, and is the second day of racing for Pro/Am teams competing in the weekend’s Omnium competition. The race will be held immediately following the Challenge Ride. Participants in the Challenge Ride will also be invited to ride as part of Team Sabre, in support of the Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program. Other activities throughout the day will include the Corporate Challenge, the Armed Forces Cycling Challenge, women’s and men’s amateur races, Kids races for children 9 and under and a lifestyle and sponsor expo.




Save the date: Saturday/Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014