Note from AFA President Larry Spencer

2016 has already provided much excitement for our organization through our 70th birthday celebration, exciting professional development events, and efforts in support of our US Air Force. However, as February draws to a close, I wanted to share with you two of my top priorities. First:  emphasize the progress we have made with the Air Force Family by making AFA the official Professional Development Association of Airmen. My second priority is to increase membership among active duty Airmen, as well members of the Guard, Reserve, Civil Air Patrol, and Air Force civilians. These two priorities go hand-in-hand but will require the dedication of you, our members, to spread the word about how AFA is completing its mission of promoting a dominant United States Air Force.

As you read this, AFA is busy hosting our Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. The symposium is one of AFA’s main professional development venues each year. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a day and a half of presentations that AFA has packed into the agenda in partnership with Air Combat Command and Air Force Global Strike Command. In addition to receiving the latest updates about the Air Force, attendees will be able to network and engage with colleagues and members of industry and academia. Though many of you are unable to be with us in Orlando, we hope you’ll tune in to the live stream on Thursday and Friday.

My goal in 2016 is to find new ways to offer Airmen more opportunities for professional development. I believe that our conferences, symposia, and Mitchell Institute events offer professional development but if you have other ideas on what AFA should offer please let me know.

I recently mentioned in my email to members that only 15% of our members are active duty, Guard and Reserve membership combined is less than 5%, and Air Force civilian membership is less than 1%. AFA is not reaching our primary audience that we are here to support, I need you to help Airmen everywhere understand that AFA is the "Force Behind the Force."