AFA’s annual Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fl., was a huge success. The energy displayed among Airmen, Industry, and members was remarkable. We are happy to report that attendance for this year’s symposium was among the highest on record over the last ten years. Along with our Air Force and Industry senior leaders, we discussed important topics in C2 and Fusion Warfare and the future of our Air Force. We were thrilled to see a very positive response toward our new programs such as Airmen for Life and 70 for 70. Also, our new 70th Air Force Anniversary T-shirts and polo shirts were big hits. Please view the T-shirts here to purchase yours! And, click here to purchase your Airmen for Life polo shirts. In fact, you can have the Airmen for Life logo applied to any garment of your choice on our Hangar Store.
This was also the last appearance in uniform at an AFA event for General “Hawk” Carlisle, Commander, Air Combat Command. We at AFA wish him the best in retirement and thank him for his many years of dedicated service to our Air Force. Some of the more notable events of the symposium included Acting Secretary Disbrow's speech covering the current state of the Air Force and our projected growth and the introduction of our new Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Kaleth Wright. General Goldfein’s speech was another home run as he laid out his main priorities for our Air Force. Air Warfare was chalk-full of outstanding panel discussions, covering topics including training for fusion and combat perspectives. I encourage those who were not present to watch the videos of this outstanding professional development event on our website.
There is no rest for the weary as we are already planning to raise the bar even higher for next year’s symposium held February 21-23, 2018. So save the date and we hope to see you in sunny Orlando next year! We are also gearing up for our next major event, the Air, Space & Cyber Conference scheduled September 18-20, 2017. Themed, “Breaking Barriers; Heritage to Horizons,” with 70th Birthday activities, this year’s event promises to be one of the biggest and best ever. Registration opens May 1, stay tuned for details soon—you won’t want to miss this one.
We are excited to announce AFA’s first annual Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge in the DC area on May 20, 2017 to benefit our Wounded Airmen and Family Programs. This event will be held in Arlington, VA at CycleBar, a premier indoor cycling venue promoting good health and exercise. The fundraiser will be held in two spin classes to support our Wounded Airmen. Join us for good fun for a great cause and help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal! Click here to learn more and begin fundraising. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, to learn more please, contact Fred Ullman at email@example.com. If you’re not located in the DC area, we encourage you to hold your own Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge fundraiser (or other fundraisers) to support Wounded Airmen and Family Programs. Visit CycleBar’s website to find a location near you.
A quick update on the Air Force Memorial: over the past 10 years, your Air Force Association managed daily operations at the Air Force Memorial. However, on April 1, 2017, the Air Force will assume responsibility for these day-to-day functions. Events can still be scheduled through their website. The Air Force Memorial Foundation will remain open and AFA will remain a vigilant supporter of the Air Force Memorial. AFA is proud of the work of the Air Force Memorial Foundation, to include Mr. Ross Perot Jr., Lt Gen (Ret) Bob Springer and Air Power legend, Ollie Crawford. We also thank CMSgt (Ret) Barbara Taylor for her outstanding management of the Air Force Memorial.
We are certainly staying busy this spring – just how we like it. We are working hard to reach our financial and membership goals in 2017 and are well on our way to doing so. None of this would be possible without you, our dedicated members, partners, volunteers and staff. Thank you for your unwavering support of our Association. We look forward to a great year ahead.
Larry O. Spencer