May 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2018

Arlington, Va. - The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today that it has raised over $34,000 at its second annual Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge, held Saturday, May 19, 2018, benefiting the Association’s Wounded Airman Program.

“The Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge is a great reminder of the impact people can have when they come together for an incredibly worthy cause,” said AFA President Gen Larry O. Spencer, USAF (Ret). “I am very proud of our staff, supporters and chapter members who went to great lengths to support our Airmen. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to make this great event possible for the second year in a row.”

AFA’s Wounded Airman Program supports wounded and ill Airmen by providing emergency financial assistance, adaptive sports equipment, and employment readiness opportunities for wounded Airmen and their families.

“We often hear that AFA’s Wounded Airman Program changes lives,” said Kari Voliva, AFA Vice President of Member and Field Relations. “Thanks to this incredible support, we will be able to change the lives of many veteran wounded Airmen by funding their participation in Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE events throughout the year and the DoD Warrior Games. I offer my sincerest thanks to everyone that came together to make sure our wounded Airmen are never forgotten. Thank you all for being our wingmen and thank you for changing lives.”

AFA’s Thunderbird Chapter held their own Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge in Las Vegas, NV and raised over $600 toward the cause.

The Cycling Challenge concluded with a rider reception sponsored by Technica.

Generous Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge sponsors include Gold Sponsor Technica; Silver Sponsors AGI, AT&T,, Freeman, James G. Elliot, AFA Nation’s Capital Chapter Stoladi, and Synaptek; and Corporate Donors C-Ink, AFA Gen Charles A. Gabriel Chapter, NTP Events, AFA Pennsylvania Chapter, and Pragmatics.

To learn more about or donate to the Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge, visit

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. 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.


McKinnon Pearse