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.
Words from Our Airmen
“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.” – Ashley Crites, SSgt (Ret.)
Upcoming Professional Development & Networking Events
September 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018
National Harbor, MD
Air, Space & Cyber ConferenceConference
September 17, 2018 - September 19, 2018
National Harbor, MD
The Post-NPR Nuclear Weapons StockpileMitchell Institute
September 21, 2018
Capitol Hill Club
Missile Defense PerspectivesMitchell Institute
September 25, 2018
Capitol Hill Club
The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today that Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, will provide a keynote address during AFA's 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference held September 17-19, 2018 in National Harbor, Md.Read More ⟶
The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today its congratulations to the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) 2018 recipients. AFA began the OAY program in 1956 to honor the hard work and dedication of the Air Force’s enlisted force.Read More ⟶
Air Force Magazine
China, the US, and Russia are each striving to be the first nation to develop hypersonic systems: aircraft and missiles that can cruise and maneuver at five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) or faster. The winner of this technology contest will have daunting military advantages. Such weapons promise the ability to hit targets from very long ranges, yet with such speed and surprise that defending against them is extremely difficult.Read More ⟶
Aerospace Education & STEM Programs
At AFA, we encourage students to think with their heads in the clouds. From the community to the classroom, we promote 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.
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.
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 founded CyberPatriot as the National Youth Cyber Education Program in 2009 to attract students into the fields of cybersecurity and STEM. With the skills learned through the CyberPatriot program, these students can make 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 are inspiring students to pursue STEM studies through this special space system design competition. They become immersed in all aspects of system development and operations with a spacecraft focus.