Here's just a small sampling of the many endeavors the Air Force Association has accomplished over the years.
Outstanding airman of the year
August 1956- At the Air Force Association’s 10th Annual National Convention in New Orleans, the Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) program was born from an idea of then Executive Director James H. Straubel.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
March 1964- The Air Force Association’s Enlisted Council recommended the Air Force establish a “Sergeant Major of the Air Force.” The individual would advise the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and be a representative to whom the enlisted Airmen could “freely express their opinions and recommendations on matters ranging from mission effectiveness to personal problems.” You can read more here
Community college of the air force
March 1967- The Aerospace Education Foundation undertakes “Project Utah” in cooperation with the US Office of Education. It demonstrates the feasibility of using Air Force technical training courses in the Utah public school system. This award-winning project, significant in its own right, was given major credit for later helping secure accreditation for the Community College of the Air Force.
air force memorial
October 2006- Instrumental in creating the Air Force Memorial, managing the daily operations of the landmark today.
Wounded Airman Program
2013- The Wounded Airman Program was brought forward in 2011 when General Phillip Breedlove, then Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, was visiting an Airman at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Airman was rooming with service members from different branches and General Breedlove recognized he was not receiving the same level of support from the Air Force as the other service members were receiving from their respective branches.
The Air Force Association was asked to take the lead in raising awareness and support for wounded Airmen within the Air Force community. AFA Chapters from all around the country immediately stepped in to help support through their own funds and relationships with their local medical centers. From there, the program grew to a national level where AFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Air Force in 2013 officially establishing the Wounded Airman Program. Today we continue to work with the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program by supporting their Adaptive Sports Camps, Warrior Training Camps and the annual Department of Defense Warrior Games, while also providing direct support to wounded Airmen.
AFA's Wounded Airman Program is rooted in Airmen taking care of Airmen, be a part of their support system by donating today!