Air Force Association

Whether a Total Force Airman, civilian, cadet or family member, we all believe in a dominant Air Force.

The Air Force Association is a volunteer-led organization connecting brave Airmen who commit their lives to protecting the greater good of our country. And for all who support the importance of aerospace power and education, we welcome you to the AFA community. Through a network of more than 200 chapters, we are here to share, support and sustain your journey as an Airman for Life.


Together We are Airmen for Life

"AFA continues to keep me informed about our Air Force and keeps me in the Air Force family." — SMSgt (Ret.) Ted Fafinski

"AFA has strengthened my awareness of national policy." 
— SMSgt Sonora L. Vasquez

"The relationships that have come my way through AFA prove that serving others leads to success." — Mitzi Morrison

"The network that I have through AFA is fantastic and the mentors I have gained are invaluable." — Lt Col Shannon Farrell

Upcoming Professional Development & Networking Events

Air Warfare Symposium, Feb. 26-28, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando


February 26, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando

CyberPatriot XII National Finals

March 19, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Bethesda, MD

StellarXplorers VI National Finals

April 20, 2020 - April 22, 2020

Webster, TX

Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge

AFA Event

May 16, 2020

Arlington, VA


Air Force Association Celebrates 74th Birthday


The Air Force Association (AFA) is celebrating its 74th birthday, by honoring its monumental accomplishments over the last three-quarters of a century. AFA has been a professional military and aerospace education association since its establishment in 1946.

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The Last Full Measure Movie Honors William Pitsenbarger

Press Release

His Medal of Honor citation recalls, “Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty … his bravery and determination exemplify the highest professional standards and traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force.”

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Elon Musk to Keynote Air Warfare Symposium

Press Release

Elon Musk, SpaceX’s Chief Engineer, will participate in a fireside chat with Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, during the Air Force Association’s 2020 Air Warfare Symposium, Feb. 26 – 28.

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Air Force Magazine

Who’s Paying Their Share in NATO?

Air Force Magazine

After years of declining investment, NATO members’ spending on defense is rebounding. But frictions persist.

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The Euromissle Showdown

Air Force Magazine

Deployment of the Soviet SS-20 sent tremors through western Europe.

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The Future of COIN

Air Force Magazine

How the Air Force is preparing for counterinsurgency in 2030.

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Wounded Airman Program

When our Airmen feel low, we raise them up. When they need support, we have their backs. The Wounded Airman Program reminds our Airmen that they are not alone, forgotten, or weak. Through community events and support, we strive to discover newfound strengths within our Airmen they never knew they had. The generosity of donors, sponsors, and volunteers help us care for our wounded Airmen during and after their active service in the Air Force.

"This program saves people’s lives, repairs families, and mends broken bodies. Every day I get in my race chair on the track and see the ground fly below me, or on my handcycle and feel the wind in my face. I am freer than I have felt in years. Thank you for allowing my soul to breathe blue for one more camp, one more day."

— SSgt (Ret.) Ashley Crites

Aerospace Education & STEM Programs

From the community to the classroom, AFA promotes aerospace education as an exciting adventure for students of all ages. By advancing STEM-related classroom curricula and supporting educators, civilians, our Total Force Airmen, their families, and America’s youth, we have impacted nearly half a million students, teachers, and our next generation of Airmen. AFA offers:

  • Scholarships and grants for Airmen and their families
  • Robust support to STEM educators including our Teacher of the Year Award and educator grants
  • Nationally-renowned programs including CyberPatriot and StellarXplorers

Civil Air Patrol

Since 1996, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has been a crucial partner of AFA, promoting aerospace education and fostering an interest in STEM careers, helping AFA in impacting hundreds of thousands of K-12 students across the country. 

As a special partner in aerospace advocacy and education, AFA and CAP have united to join each other’s organizations, leveraging resources, and work toward the promotion of STEM careers.

Mitchell Institute

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power empowers our nation’s leaders by informing, educating, and cultivating insightful policy. AFA established this research institute to carry on General Billy Mitchell’s—one of America’s greatest Airmen—dedicated efforts to expand modernized airpower thinking. Be a part of the conversation as we strive toward our goals for aerospace power. 


Everyone uses technology, but not everyone knows how to defend themselves from digital vulnerabilities. AFA's CyberPatriot Program attracts students to cybersecurity and STEM fields. With the skills learned through the CyberPatriot program, students are making a difference at a global level. 


Most of us can only dream of outer space. AFA’s StellarXplorers program brings these dreams in closer reach. We inspire students to pursue STEM studies through a special space system design competition that emphasizes all aspects of spacecraft system development and operations.