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


September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021

National Harbor, MD

2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference


September 20, 2021 - September 22, 2021

National Harbor, MD

2022 Aerospace Warfare Symposium


March 02, 2022 - March 04, 2022

2022 National Convention


September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022

National Harbor, MD


CyberPatriot Crowns National Champions in Virtual National Finals

Press Release

The CyberPatriot XIII National Finals Competition was held virtually on March 19-21, 2021. This is the second year that the finals transitioned to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AFA’s New Virtual Healing and Art Therapy Events Help Wounded Heroes

Press Release

The Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program is hosting a virtual healing and art therapy series, Mission Arts to support our Total Force Airmen and Guardians, wounded heroes, caregivers, and their families.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Space Chief Talk Space Why America Needs a Space Force

Press Release

General John “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned astrophysicist and author, laid out the critical national imperatives for the United States Space Force at the Air Force Association’s 2021 virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium Feb. 25.

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Air Force Magazine

Air, Space, and the Biden Administration

Air Force Magazine

Defense was not a central topic during the recent election, but nonetheless the Biden administration takes office amid tremendous national security pressures. World events will demand great focus on national security and—in particular—on aerospace power fielded by the Air Force and Space Force, which will prove indispensable as leaders navigate complex geopolitical headwinds.

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The Raider Comes Out of the Black

Air Force Magazine

The first B-21 stealth bomber will roll out of its California factory in early 2022 and make its first flight a few months later. The second, nonflying test model is also in assembly. Contracts should be coming soon for constructing hangars and maintenance facilities at operating bases. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the project appears to be on track. But how many Raiders will be built—and at what pace—remains an open question.

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Cracking the Code

Air Force Magazine

Airman 1st Class Alexander Smith had always loved the outdoors. Before he enlisted, he ran his own landscaping company, but while he really enjoyed working with his hands, something was missing. He wanted to help people. When Smith considered his options, he realized he could do both as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape specialist.

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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. 


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.