Air Force Association

Whether a Total Force Airman, civilian, cadet or family member, we all believe in a dominant Air Force.

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


Together We are Airmen 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

CyberPatriot National Finals

AFA Event

April 08, 2019 - April 10, 2019

Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD

StellarXplorers National Finals

AFA Event

April 10, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Colorado Springs, CO

Introductory Adaptive Sports

Wounded Airman Program Event

April 15, 2019 - April 19, 2019

Hurlburt Field

2019 Warrior Games

Wounded Airman Program Event

June 16, 2019 - July 01, 2019

SOCOM, Tampa, FL


Legislative Update - March 14, 2019

Legislative Update

Secretary Heather Wilson announced last Friday that she is resigning her position as Secretary of the Air Force effective May 31st.

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FY20 President’s Budget Statement from AFA


The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal was released Tuesday the proposed budget is an increase over 2019 with a topline of $750 billion. The Air Force’s is requesting $165.6 billion in FY20, for an increase of $10 billion over FY19.

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StellarXplorers Announces 2019 National Finalists

Press Release

AFA announced the National Finalist teams invited to the StellarXplorers V National Finals Competition from April 11 to 13, 2019.

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Air Force Magazine

Q&A With the Secretary

Air Force Magazine

An exclusive interview with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.

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Keeping the F-35 Ahead of the Bad Guys

Air Force Magazine

Operational testing is still underway, but the F-35 is already beginning its first major upgrade.

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USAF’s AI Transformation Takes Off

Air Force Magazine

AI cracks the code on better maintenance and faster training. Better and faster decision-making is next.

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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.

"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."

— SSgt (Ret.) Ashley Crites

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, 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 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.

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'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. 


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.