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

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

CyberPatriot National Finals

AFA Event

April 08, 2019 - April 10, 2019

Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD

Introductory Adaptive Sports

Wounded Airman Program Event

April 15, 2019 - April 19, 2019

Hurlburt Field


Second Annual Spark Tank Competition to Take Place at AFA’s 2019 Air Warfare Symposium

Press Release

The Spark Tank Competition returns to AFA's Air Warfare Symposium for its second annual competition.

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AFA Awards 2019 Destin Flight Works Scholarship

Press Release

Caroline Jok is the 2019 recipient of the Destin Flight Works Scholarship which funds courses leading to a private pilot certificate.

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AFA Announces Lt Gen Wright as New AFA President

Press Release

Lt Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.) will serve as the new president of AFA beginning March 1, 2019.

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Air Force Magazine

Re-Engining the B-52

Air Force Magazine

The B-52 is supposed to serve through 2050. To last that long, it needs new power.

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EDITORIAL: US Needs a Cyber Deterrence Plan

Air Force Magazine

Effective cyber deterrence requires the will and capacity to respond to cyber attacks with an equal or greater blow.

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The Future of Pilot Training

Air Force Magazine

Low-cost simulators, new trainers, and Red Flag reforms aim to help USAF gear up for future great power conflicts.

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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.