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

AFA Breakfast Series featuring Gen Stephen Wilson

AFA Breakfast Series

November 14, 2018

Rosslyn, VA

West Coast Aerospace Forum

Mitchell Institute

November 30, 2018

Santa Monica, CA

2018 Space Series Wrap Up

Space Breakfast

December 14, 2018

Washington, DC

AFWIC and Future Force Design

Mitchell Hour

December 18, 2018

Rosslyn, VA


Legislative Update November 6, 2018

Legislative Update

November 6th is Election Day. AFA encourages you to exercise your right to vote. 35 Senate and all 440 House of Representative seats are up for election or re-election.

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America’s Air Force is too small

Let me put the bottom line up front: America’s Air Force currently has 312 operational squadrons. The problem is they need 386.

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CyberPatriot Breaks Records Again

Press Release

The Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program announced today that it has registered over 6,000 teams for its eleventh season.

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Air Force Magazine

Setting Sights on a Bigger Air Force

Air Force Magazine

Today’s Air Force may still be the best in the world, but the National Military Strategy demands more than the current force can deliver.

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One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air, Four if by Space, Five if by Cyber

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force seeks to blend advanced technology with a new operational construct to provide more options to combatant commanders and speed up decision-making.

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Space Planning

Air Force Magazine

The way forward to developing a new Space Force and splitting out a sixth military service gained clarity at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

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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.