Air Force Association

Whether a Total Force Airman, 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 Guardian 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

2022 AFA Warfare Symposium


March 02, 2022 - March 04, 2022

2022 National Convention


September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022

National Harbor, MD

2022 Air, Space & Cyber Conference


September 19, 2022 - September 21, 2022

National Harbor, MD

2023 Aerospace Warfare Symposium

March 06, 2023 - March 08, 2023

Aurora Colorado, Gaylord Rockies


StellarXplorers Board of Advisors Convenes

Press Release

The Air Force Association’s StellarXplorers Board of Advisors convened for its inaugural meeting on Nov. 3, 2021.

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Rob Clapper Named Chief Development Officer

Press Release

The Air Force Association has appointed Robert H. Clapper II as Chief Development Officer, responsible for building relationships and raising funds through individual and corporate giving.

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CyberPatriot Draws Record Number of Teams

Press Release

AFA's CyberPatriot program launched its 14th season with more than 5,200 teams, an encouraging sign that the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition is back on the rise to its pre-pandemic participation.

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Air Force Magazine

The Asset Transfer Fight

Air Force Magazine

The transfer of space-related units and functions from the Army and Navy to the Space Force will begin by Oct. 1, but some space-related functions may never move over. More than a dozen interviews with high-level Space Force officials and Pentagon insiders from the last administration indicate the Joint Chiefs struggled over space assets and personnel, with the Army and Navy resistant to giving up those forces. Spokesmen for the services declined to comment or to publicly reveal which units, functions, and missions will begin transferring to the Space Force at the start of fiscal 2022, but those most likely to remain behind are known.

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The Future is Now

Air Force Magazine

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. began his tenure as the service’s top officer with an order and a warning: Accelerate change—or lose (ACOL). One year later, Brown sees a modicum of progress and a tightening timeline to achieve that imperative. Airmen and commanders must break from the status quo, as must lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have been unwilling to let the Air Force retire older aircraft.

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2021 Almanac is here!

Air Force Magazine

A comprehensive look at the Air Force and the Space Force, including people, equipment, budget, weapons systems, and more.

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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.