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

Mitchell Hour with Under Secretary Donovan

Mitchell Institute

January 18, 2019

AFA Headquarters

AFA Breakfast Series featuring Dr. Will Roper

AFA Breakfast Series

February 01, 2019

Washington, DC

2019 Air Warfare Symposium


February 27, 2019 - March 01, 2019

Orlando, FL

2019 Air Force Trials

Wounded Airman Program Event

March 01, 2019 - March 07, 2019

Nellis AFB


The Fort Gordon Cyber District (Alliance for Cyber Education) Earns CyberPatriot Center of Excellence Designation

Press Release

The Air Force Association's (AFA) CyberPatriot Program Office has announced the Fort Gordon Cyber District (Alliance for Cyber Education) as its newest CyberPatriot Center of Excellence.

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Legislative Update December 18, 2018

Legislative Update

Congress continues its lame duck session with the unfinished work of funding seven federal agencies. The federal agencies are currently operating under a second continuing resolution...

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AFA Applauds U.S. Space Command Announcement

Press Release

AFA applauds the Administration’s commitment and focus on space as they are key elements to U.S. national security. President Trump’s announcement of a U.S. Space Command to oversee and organize space operations is an assurance to the American people that we remain capable of defending space assets in future conflicts. The establishment of a U.S. Space Command is the best way of addressing advancing threats to space.

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Air Force Magazine

Retaining Future Air Force Women Generals

Air Force Magazine

Women are underrepresented in USAF’s senior ranks. There are ways to change that.

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Can Tyndall Recover?

Air Force Magazine

When Hurricane Michael was over, 95 percent of Tyndall’s structures were severely damaged or destroyed. Now comes the hard part: Deciding what to do next.

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Deterrence in Europe

Air Force Magazine

USAF is pre-positioning base supplies and materiel throughout the European Theater.

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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. 


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.