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Air Force Association

Air Force Association
Type Not for profit
Founded 1945
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia, United States
Membership Individuals and companies
Field Education and advocacy
Number of Members 117,480 (2010)
Key Personnel Board Chairman George Muellner
President - Gen. Craig R. McKinley, USAF[1]
Website www.afa.org

The Air Force Association (AFA) is an independent, Arlington, Virginia. Its main role is promoting public understanding of aerospace power.

AFA disseminates information through AIR FORCE Magazine, Daily Report,[2] General Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies,[3] social networking, public outreach, and national conferences and symposia.

Mission

The association lists its mission as educating the public about the critical role of aerospace power in defense, advocating power and strong national defense and supporting the United States Air Force, the Air Force family and aerospace education.[4]

History

The genesis for the Air Force Association occurred in August 1945 when Everett Cook, James H. Doolittle, Deering Howe, Rufus Rand, Sol Rosenblatt, Julian Rosenthal, James M. "Jimmy" Stewart, Lowell P. Weicker (Senior), Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, and John Hay Whitney.[4][5]

The establishment of Air Force Association was made public by Doolittle in January 1946, who explained that it would be based on a "grass-roots structure", with affiliates on local, state, and regional levels, would publish a national magazine and would provide sponsorship for educational programs about the development of airpower.[5]

The Association was incorporated in the Jack L. Warner and Ronald Reagan. In 1948 Doolittle took a year's leave of absence from Shell Oil, where he was a vice president, to establish AFA chapters nationwide.[5]

Former President Michael M. Dunn has complained about both the termination of F-22 production and the 250 legacy fighters the Air Force had to retire to pay for upgrading the reduced F-22 fleet.[6]

Organization

AFA is divided into three geographic areas, comprising 14 regions, each led by a Region President.

Predominantly a volunteer organization, the association has more than 200 chapters in 49 states ([7]

Programs

As part of its education mandate the association publishes Air Force Magazine and the online electronic news brief Daily Report. Air Force Magazine began in September 1918 as the D.M.A. Weekly News Letter, originally published by the Information Branch of the Division of Military Aeronautics, and changed names several times, becoming Air Force Magazine in January 1943. The Air Force Association assumed responsibility for its publication and content beginning in October 1946.

AFA also runs professional development conferences which feature speakers, workshops, Dr. Rebecca Grant. AFA also has its CyberPatriot national high school cyber defense competition, to promote student interest in cyber security and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career fields. The "Visions of Exploration" program has its members distribute educational materials to schools and concerned citizens. This is done in part through a joint multi-disciplinary science, math and social studies program with USA Today.[8]

As part of its support programs AFA provides more than $1.5 million in scholarships, grants, and awards.[9] AFA’s educational programs and scholarships are intended to encourage Air Force members to continue their education, provide funds to Air Force spouses working towards a degree, and administer grants that develop programs promoting math and science skills among young people.

AFA was a key organization in building the United States Air Force Memorial and continues to be involved in its day-to-day operations.[10]

References

  1. ^ Force, Air. "ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 12, 2012: Air Force Association Announces New President | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online". Heraldonline.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  2. ^ Air Force Association (November 2010). "Daily Report". Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Air Force Association (November 2010). "General Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies". Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Air Force Association (October 2010). "About Us". Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Air Force Association (1995). "Fifty Years of AFA". Air Force Magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Erwin, Sandra. "U.S. Military Headed the Way of Detroit?" National Defense Industrial Association, 7 December 2010.
  7. ^ Air Force Association (September 2010). "AFA Almanac". Air Force Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Air Force Association (November 2010). "Visions of Exploration – Sponsored by the Air Force Association".  
  9. ^ Air Force Association (February 2010). "Awards, Scholarships & Grants". Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Air Force Association (2010). "AFA to Support Memorial Operations and Activities". Retrieved 15 November 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
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