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

Munitions Study

Mitchell Hour

Jul 19, 2018

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

AFA Boardroom

Missile Defense Review: Nuclear Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Nuclear Deterrence

Jul 20, 2018

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Capitol Hill Club

AFA Breakfast Series featuring Lt Gen VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson

AFA Breakfast Series

Jul 26, 2018

07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Washington, DC

StellarXplorers Camp-In

StellarXplorers

Jul 27, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018

03:00 PM

Houston, TX

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Air, Space & Cyber Conference

September 17-19, 2018

National Harbor, MD

The annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference is a one-of-a-kind event where AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, and academia from around the world. Over the course of three days, more than 9,000 attendees gather to explore the challenges facing America, the aerospace community, and our Air Force. 

News

Mitchell Institute’s Perspective on Standing Up a US Space Force

Mitchell Institute

Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, USAF Ret., Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, discusses establishing the US Space Force President Trump called for on June 18, why making it a standalone service is a question of “when” not “if,” how the Pentagon should approach its development and coordinate with other government agencies, and more during a June 29, 2018, interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in northern Virginia.

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Air Force Magazine

Eisenhower's Farewell Warning

Air Force Magazine

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a strong grasp of the importance of national security and the issues surrounding it. He was a five-star general and arguably the most distinguished military commander of the 20th century.

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Mobility Boom

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force’s airlift enterprise was pushed hard in 2017 as it responded to multiple domestic natural catastrophes, while continuing to fuel and supply the fight overseas. These demands stretched the command thin—delaying some deployments—and lent great urgency to measures underway to increase Air Mobility Command’s readiness. All this happened as the command also attempts to better posture itself for possible future large-scale combat.

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The Great Hypersonic Race

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.

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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.

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 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. 

StellarXplorers

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.