Note from the President
Happy New Year! Over the holiday break I took some time to reflect on AFA and created some challenging goals for 2017; the staff at AFA is already hard at work to accomplish them. This year, AFA is trying to get back to basics with our support for the Air Force in 2017. You may have seen some recent email communications from me on AFA’s newest initiative, Airmen for Life, and how AFA can support the Air Force in its 70th birthday year.
While serving, Airmen can lean on AFA for their professional development needs. When they separate or retire, AFA is the organization that allows them to remain “Airmen for Life.” General Doolittle started AFA with a vision that AFA would serve as the glue that ties Airmen together beyond their time in service. AFA’s goal in 2017 is to have all Airmen, whether Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Civil Air Patrol, civilian, separated or retired, see AFA as the place where they can continue their journey together with other Airmen for Life.
To kick-off our Airmen for Life campaign, AFA is soliciting logo submissions. You can help AFA create a logo that exemplifies the “Airmen for Life” culture. The contest will run from Jan. 17 – Feb. 17, 2017. The winning logo will be unveiled at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium on March 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Please submit all logo designs to McKinnon Pearse at email@example.com in the proper format. Additional details on contest requirements can be found here.
To support the Air Force in their 70th birthday year AFA has initiated a #70for70 campaign. Each month we will highlight 8 Airmen, community members, and family supporters who help make up the total Air Force family. These will include Airmen past and present. By September, we will have accumulated 70 Air Force heroes who have broken barriers through innovation, teamwork and heritage initiatives. We will recognize these Airmen each month and have a more formal celebration at our Air, Space & Cyber Conference in September.
As a new President and Administration take the reins of leadership, there will certainly be reviews and analysis involving Air Force end-strength, readiness and modernization. Historically, the President’s Budget prepared by the out-going Administration is revised and/or altered. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Goldfein, has clearly articulated the need for additional people and money for readiness and modernization. He is also focusing on the squadron, which we all know is the tip of the spear of our warfighting capability. AFA fully supports the Air Force's priorities and we will be on the front lines providing your voice of support.
I am excited for all that 2017 has in store for us and hope that all of you can help with these initiatives that will benefit AFA and help us to continue to be the force behind the Force.
Larry O. Spencer