Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:
- EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
- ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
- SUPPORT the total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.
We will be the premier professional military and aerospace education association in the nation—dedicated to dominant air, space, and cyberspace power, a strong national defense, supporting the men and women of the United States Air Force, and world-class aerospace education.
AFA is a volunteer-led organization working to communicate key national security issues at the national, state, and local levels. The top-level support from the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Director of the Air National Guard, and Chief of the Air Force Reserve help us fulfill this goal. Our more than 200 chapters across the country drive community awareness about the impact of the Air Force through elections and a variety of programs. From our national headquarters in Arlington, VA, the AFA staff organizes programs ranging from conference and symposia to aerospace education initiatives and advocacy efforts with Congressional leaders.
Every September, state and chapter-level delegates attending the National Convention elect the next term of national officers and directors. These delegates represent our membership and participate in voting on AFA policies, including the “AFA Top Issues.”
The 2018-2019 AFA Leadership Team
- Chairman of the Board: F. Whitten Peters
- Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations: F. Gavin MacAloon
- Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education: Jim Hannam
- National Secretary: Richard W. Hartle
- National Treasurer: Steven R. Lundgren
- President: Bruce A. Wright
- Executive Vice President: Doug A. Raaberg
The 2018-2019 AFA Region Presidents
AFA is divided into 14 geographic regions, each led by a Region President:
- Peter Jones, Central East Region (Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia)
- Wayne Kauffman, Far West Region (California, Hawaii, Guam)
- Sharon Branch, Florida Region (Florida, Puerto Rico)
- Tom Koogler, Great Lakes Region (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio)
- Chris Canada, Midwest Region (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
- Kevin Grady, New England Region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
- Larry Saggstetter, North Central Region (Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
- Bill Fosina, Northeast Region (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
- William Striegel, Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington)
- Don Kidd, Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming)
- Russell Lewey, South Central Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)
- Jackie Trotter, Southeast Region (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)
- Roberta Pike Oates, Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico)
- Kelly Jones, Texoma Region (Oklahoma, Texas)
AFA is also represented overseas by Dustin Lawrence (Europe).
The Air Force Association is incorporated under IRS Code Section 501(c)3. Contributions to AFA are deductible for tax purposes up to the full extent of the law. Some Chapter and State organizations are incorporated entities and others are recognized as tax exempt under the umbrella of AFA’s group exemption number (GEN) 5392.