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

2019 Warrior Games

Wounded Airman Program Event

June 16, 2019 - July 01, 2019

SOCOM, Tampa, FL

Nuclear Deterrence with John Harvey

Mitchell Institute

June 18, 2019

Capitol Hill Club

Space Breakfast with Col. Steven Purdy

Mitchell Institute

June 20, 2019

Capitol Hill Club

Nuclear Deterrence with Susan Koch and Paula DeSutter

Mitchell Institute

June 25, 2019

Capitol Hill Club

News

Remembering D-Day: June 6, 1944

Press Release

As we reflect today on the sacrifice of our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines during WWII, the 75th anniversary of D-Day offers all of us the opportunity, if not obligation, to pause and recommit that we will never forget those who gave their lives for the enduring freedom of others, from Europe to the Pacific to our American homeland – in the 20th century and today.

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Florida STEM Fair Winners

Press Release

Three students from the Sarasota area were recently singled out for recognition by the Florida West Coast Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA). The awards were presented on March 11 at the awards ceremony for the Sarasota Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair.

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Air Force Magazine

USAF Almanac 2019

Air Force Magazine

This comprehensive look at the Air Force draws data and insights from a range of sources principally compiled by Amanda Miller and Arie Church with the assistance of Air Force Magazine staff and invaluable help from the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, USAF Major Commands, and the Reserve Components.

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Preparing for Future Space Flights

Air Force Magazine

GPS is just one of the missions run out of this base in the rolling hills near the Rocky Mountains, which also oversees operations for a range of communications satellites, surveillance, and weather systems, as well as the X-37B experimental space plane.

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Rebuilding Electronic Warfare

Air Force Magazine

After long years of neglect, the Air Force plans to reorganize its chaotic electronic warfare enterprise, creating a new service EW czar to coordinate its efforts in the domain, and breathing new life into the career field specializing in warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum.

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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. 

CyberPatriot

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. 

StellarXplorers

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.