Air Force Association

Whether a Total Force Airmen, Guardian, civilian, cadet or family member, we all believe in dominant Air and Space Forces.

The Air Force Association is a volunteer-led organization connecting brave Airmen and Guardians 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 and Guardians for Life.

 

Together We are Airmen and Guardians 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

2021 National Convention

Convention

September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021

National Harbor, MD

2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference

Conference

September 20, 2021 - September 22, 2021

National Harbor, MD

2022 Aerospace Warfare Symposium

Symposium

March 02, 2022 - March 04, 2022

2022 National Convention

Convention

September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022

National Harbor, MD

News

AFA to Host Lt Gen David Krumm for AFA Warfighters in Action

Press Release

The Air Force Association will welcome Lt Gen David A. Krumm to the Air and Space Warfighters in Action virtual speaker’s series on April 28, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. EST.

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Air Chiefs Visit AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Press Release

The air chiefs of two of the United States' closest allies, in Washington for official talks, each visited AFA's Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies this week to discuss current and future issues, including regional threats, and future weapons and security requirements.

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AFA's StellarXplorers Announces 2021 National Champions

Press Release

The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today the National Champions of the seventh season of StellarXplorers, the National High School Space Challenge. After five rounds of rigorous competition, Team “Africanized Killer Bees” of Aurora Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol in Portland, Oregon, was crowned the 2021 National Champions.

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Air Force Magazine

The Battle for the Soul of JADC2

Air Force Magazine

Lessons from the Battle of Britain loom large in how USAF constructs the Advanced Battle Management System.

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Master of the Globe

Air Force Magazine

As the Globemaster III racks up its 4 millionth flight hour, planners ready upgrades and begin to imagine what comes next.

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Make-or-Break Time for the F-35

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force’s most important program faces increased scrutiny as high costs, low availability, and other problems continue.

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Supporting our Air and Space Force Family

The world is at war with an enemy that does not rest, respect borders or discriminate between combatants. Everyone is a potential target--or collateral damage. Despite the threat and dangers, and in direct confrontation, our Airmen and Guardians are not deterred or discouraged. Just as these heroes stand strong to complete their missions as our nation’s essential personnel, AFA is focused on our continuity of operations to advance our mission to support our Airmen, Guardians, family members, and educators. We are all in this together and we will not rest in our fight to take care of our Air Force family.

AFA’s COVID-19 Airman’s Assistance Fund (CAAF) will provide critical support to our Total Force Airmen/DoD civilians, Guardians, USAF veterans, wounded Airmen, and their families in crisis. In addition, CAAF will provide support to AFA’s Community Partners as they provide emergency assistance to our Airmen, first responders, and the medical community. We will come out of this pandemic stronger together.


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, Guardians, 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, Guardians, 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.

Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Support

Since 1956, Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings have been close partners of AFA. Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization of ROTC cadets advocating the support of aerospace power. Silver Wings is a national, co-ed, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. 

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.