June Edition: Note from AFA President
Wounded Airmen Program (WAP)
It’s been a busy start to the summer season. We conducted a highly successful 4-day Wounded Airmen Program panel and adaptive cycling in the Air Force Association Cycling Classic. This year, we exceeded last year’s donation and collected $30,500. Also, WAP has recently received several grants to include 1.5 million travel miles from American Airlines. AFA members in the field and at the headquarters are doing a great job supporting our wounded Airmen. This is what AFA is all about.
This month I want to highlight the Keystone Chapter in Okinawa Japan. To say the Keystone Chapter is active is an understatement. This month, they held a Women’s History Month 5/10K run to raise money for scholarships. They partnered with Stroller Warriors Okinawa, a running club for military spouses. They raised over $3,000 and awarded three scholarships to high school students.
We are ecstatic to announce that two Air Force Magazine authors, Amy McCullough and John Tirpak, won first-place in the Society of Professional Journalists DC Dateline Awards. Way to go!
We are proud to announce we held our first Airman’s Corner in June at Andrews AFB. The Airman’s corner was a professional development event for Airmen assigned to Andrews that featured CMSAF Jim Cody, CMSgt Jack Johnson and motivational speaker, Mr. Haydyn Shaw. The event was well attended and the feedback was very positive. Our plan is to hold similar events in the field very soon. If you or your chapter is interested in hosting an Airman’s Corner, please let us know.
Welcome to our new Executive Vice President
I am happy to announce that last week Denise Hollywood started her position as AFA’s new Executive Vice President. I am excited to welcome Denise to the AFA family and look forward to her contributions and leadership. Denise brings with her both Air Force and industry experience which will be quite beneficial as she serves as the association’s senior staff liaison with the Air Force for budgets, programs, systems and operations. Additionally, she will be responsible for outreach with stakeholders across the Air Force, Field organizations, and aerospace industry.
Welcome Summer Interns
Denise is not the only new face at AFA this month. AFA also has six interns who joined us this summer to get on the job training to prepare them for their future Air Force careers. AFA worked with Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings to offer internships at AFA Headquarters. Our interns are all ROTC cadets and hail from the following schools; Purdue University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Virginia, and Washington State University.
- Larry Spencer, President