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

Air Warfare Symposium, Feb. 26-28, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando

Symposium

February 26, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando

2020 National Convention

Convention

September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020

National Harbor, MD

2020 Air, Space & Cyber Conference

Conference

September 14, 2020 - September 16, 2020

National Harbor, MD

2021 Air Warfare Symposium

Symposium

February 24, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Orlando, FL

News

AFA Statement on Space Force Creation

Press Release

Congress green-lit a new Space Force in its joint fiscal 2020 defense policy bill, under a proposal that would elevate Air Force Space Command to become the Pentagon’s sixth military service under the Department of the Air Force.

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New Air Force Magazine Website

AFA

Check out the new AirForceMag.com, with more and larger photos, improved search and navigation, and easier access to history content and documents, like our database of USAF Accident Investigation Board reports.

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Air, Space & Cyber Recognized as Top 25 Fastest-Growing Show

Press Release

The Trade Show News Network (TSNN), the world's leading online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry, recognized Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference as one of 2019’s top 25 fastest-growing shows based on net square footage. The award was presented during TSNN’s tenth-anniversary celebration in Dallas Nov. 15 – 17.

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Air Force Magazine

Paying for the Air Force We Need

Air Force Magazine

After two decades of cuts and high op tempo, the Air Force budget must be rebalanced to fund growth and modernization.

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E-4B Replacement Effort Seeks Industry Input

Air Force Magazine

Air Force officials will gather more information on a future aircraft fleet to replace the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, also known as the “Nightwatch” or “Doomsday” plane, at an industry day in February 2020.

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16th Air Force Launches Information Ops for the Digital Age

Air Force Magazine

The new 16th Air Force launched in October to bring cyber, intelligence, and other information dominance operations together under one roof at JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

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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. 

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.