– Air Force Association

AFA.orgHome to The Air Force Association, offers educational material, as well as advocacy and support tools. When it comes to education, the AFA website features access to the Air Force Magazine, the Mitchell Institute, Professional Development resources, and Educational Opportunities. The General Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies is an independent, non-profit organization which promotes studies, research, and analysis by the Air Force Association. They are based in Washington, D.C. and they base their work on a quote from George J. Mitchell which says, “No one should be guaranteed success? but everyone should have a fair chance to succeed.”

The advocacy section of includes their Statement of Policy and the “Top Issues of the Air Force Association,” both of which are downloadable as PDF files. Additional AFA advocacy information includes AFA Government Relations, including AFA Briefings for the Hill, Air Force 101 Papers, a Legislative Update, as well as Legislative Accomplishments from the AFA. A Media Room is also available on which features various archives, videos, transcripts, and press releases from the AFA.

The AFA offers a variety of Awards, Grants, and Scholarships including Teacher of the Year; grants to K-12 teachers; and AFA individual, unit, and membership awards. Field resources such as contact lists, calendars, convention listings, and aerospace education programs are also featured in the Support section of Folks who would like to make a contribution to the AFA may also do so in this section.

The AFA currently has over 117,000 members and is divided into three regions, each with a Regional President. The Air Force Association has over 200 chapters, in 49 states as well as in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Membership is open to both military and civilians and costs $45 a year or $110 for 3 years. Folks interested in joining the AFA may do so online on the website.