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January 2012
In This Issue
Annual Report
Field Spotlight
CyberPatriot IV
Call for Nominations
Air Warfare Symposium
2012 Scholarships and Grants
Far West Region Profile

AFA National Report 

Lt. Col. John Kanuch, Lt. Col. Angernette Coy-Coates, and CMSgt. Jeffrey Cheney lead the honorees into the USAF Ball, which many Orange County-Gen. Curtis LeMay Chapter members attended.
Don't forget to check out the National Report section of Air Force Magazine each month.  The online edition contains many pictures we couldn't fit in the print edition.  Submit your pictures to

Important Dates

16 March
Officer/Director Nomination Packets due to HQ

22-23 March

20 April
Region Presidents' Meeting

21 April
AFA Nominating Committee

A New Year ... A New NEWSLINE                 

We hope that you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season!  
As you can tell, NEWSLINE has recently been redesigned.  We will continue to use this newsletter to highlight important events and information to help you better serve in your various positions of Field Leadership.  Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any of your members that may benefit from this information.  If you have any suggestions for future improvements, please do not hesitate to contact me at  As always, thank you for all of the time and energy you devote to our association and our great Air Force.

Kari Hahn
Director of Membership and Field Operations  
Field Photos Needed for Annual Report                  
This year, we are working to make sure that the AFA Annual Report includes highlights of some of the great work you are all doing out in the Field.  If you have any pictures you would like to include from activities in CY2011, please send them to  Be sure to include a few sentences describing the event and identifying the individuals in the photo.  Please submit all photos by 20 January.
Field Spotlight  


Last month, the DW Steele, Sr. Memorial Chapter and Nation's Capital Chapter teamed up to donate 190 tickets to the Military Bowl for the football game between the Air Force Academy and Toledo.  The tickets were presented to Gen. Phil Breedlove USAF/VCSAF to be distributed to USAF Enlisted members in the National Capital Region.



Pictured left to right: Steele Chapter Member Sean Ryan and Steele President Gavin MacAloon, General Phil Breedlove and NCC President Kevin Jackson. 



CyberPatriot IV is Moving Fast! 


The teams advancing to Round 3 of the All Service Division on-line competition (January 13th -14th) can be found here.


Teams advancing to Round 3 of the Open Division on-line competition (January 28th - 29th) can be found here.


We will be announcing the 12 teams from each Division moving on to the National Finals Competition the first week of February.


AFA Members, ALL of these teams would benefit from hearing from you, particularly if they are in your area.  Cheer them on to the National Finals Competition!

Field Visit Requests                 

Do you have an upcoming event planned that you would like to invite AFA National Officers or HQ staff to attend?  If so, complete the Field Visit Request Form and submit to If possible, all 2012 events should be received NLT 17 February for National Officer planning purposes.  

AFA National Nominating Committee Seeks Qualified AFA Members for National office 


The committee will meet on 21 April 2012 to select candidates for AFA national officer and national board of director positions to be presented to the delegates to the AFA National Convention in September for election.


AFA's Board focuses on setting policy and strategic direction for three organizations: AFA as well as the AFA Veteran Benefits Association (AFAVBA) and the Air Force Memorial Foundation (AFMF). It is particularly important that the Association find candidates with the following characteristics:

  • A capacity to govern with vision, think strategically and understand the business management of the three organizations for which the Board is responsible.
  • A willingness to give freely of their time, and talent, to actively serve on committees and to personally support the fundraising and development objectives of the Association.
  • An understanding of and ability to work in a hybrid organization with a unique relationship between committed volunteers at all levels and the professional staff.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the AFA mission, vision, values and history, including the legacy represented by the Air Force Memorial

The Committee will be looking for candidates that have specific expertise in certain areas, including: 1) Extensive business experience and/or Corporate or non profit National Board experience, especially any experience with a 501(c)(3) focused on support to people; 2) Development, to include successful fund raising and/or marketing experience; 3) Audit and/or Financial Management, including experience with Federal rules for non profits; and 4) Strategic planning. 


All National Officer positions are for one-year terms and open to any member. The incumbent Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education, Secretary, and Treasurer are eligible to run again - the Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board for Field Operations are not.  The current Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education, George Muellner, has indicated his intention to run for the Chairman of the Board position; thus, the Committee will be seeking candidates for Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education as well as Chairman of the Board and Vice Chairman of the Board for Field Operations National Director Board positions are for three years. One position is limited to candidates from the West Geographic area consisting of the following states/district/territory: CA, HI, AL, ID, OR, WA, CO, UT, WY, AZ, NV and NM.  In addition to being from this geographic area, candidates must have demonstrated field leadership experience. Those interested are advised to consult with the appropriate state and region president. There are two National Director positions to be elected on an "at-large" basis. These are open to any member from any state. In evaluating potential candidates, the nominating committee will consider field leadership experience and geographic dispersal.


Click here for a snapshot of AFA's mission and current leadership team. Descriptions of the duties and responsibilities of these offices are in AFA's Operations and Procedures Manual.



Anyone who plans to run for one of these offices MUST indicate their intention to do so not later than February 28th and submit their name and other required materials to the AFA Nominating Committee. A one sentence e-mail or letter to the Committee through the staff ( stating their name and the position for which they intend to run is sufficient. This will help the Nominating Committee conduct both its search and deliberative functions efficiently and in a timely manner.


The remainder of the requirements must be submitted to the AFA Nominating committee not later than March 16, 2012. These include one or more formal recommendations for candidates for these positions, candidate biographies, and any additional information and endorsements candidates wish the Nominating Committee to see.


Additional information for prospective candidates:

Prospective candidates must insure a recommendation on their behalf has been submitted to AFA HQ. Recommendations can be submitted via an AFA Recommendation Form or via personal e-mail (or letter) to the Chairman of the Committee (through the AFA staff). Each prospective candidate MUST also submit a signed AFA biographical form and answer a question concerning whether they have ever been convicted of a crime. Their signature gives AFA permission to conduct a background check and is also consent to serve in the position, if elected. Additional sheets may be attached as desired. THE PHYSICAL FORM WITH A SIGNATURE MUST BE RECEIVED via mail or fax or email. Forms are also available in the "Library" section of the "Field Resources" area of the AFA website.


In addition to these required materials, prospective candidates may also elect to include a written biography and letters of endorsement. Any material received by the due date will be included in the package given to the Nominating Committee for their consideration.  ALL material should be sent to the Nominating Committee in care of Field Services/ Headquarters. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Nauheimer (Ext. 4821).


Individuals selected by the committee to be sent forward to the delegates will also be required to provide a brief personal biography for inclusion in Newsline and the August issue of Air Force Magazine and a high quality "head shot" photograph for the Magazine as well.



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Air Warfare Symposium
AFA's 28th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition will be held February 23-24, 2012, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Invited speakers to the Symposium will include Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy and other top Air Force leaders. In support of the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, AFA's Central Florida Chapter will again sponsor its annual Air Force Gala and Golf activities.
The golf outing will be held at the Walt Disney World's Magnolia and Palm Courses on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Individual golfer price is $200 which includes a reception (golf discount for active duty military/DOD members - see online registration for details).  Additional reception tickets are available for $60. Tickets for the golf outing may be purchased through the AFA event website. For questions regarding the golf outing please contact Jim DeRose at For golf sponsorships and/or merchandise donations contact Bob Ceruti at
As an AFA leader, you are invited to attend the symposium which will be held on Thursday, February 23, from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Friday, February 24, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:40 p.m. The standard registration fee for the symposium is $825 for an AFA individual member and $925 for non-AFA members. However, since it is important for AFA leaders to attend this national event, there is a special leader registration fee of $245 (for AFA National Officers, Region Presidents, Directors, National Committee Members, State and Chapter Presidents. [Note: Since this is not a directed meeting, this fee is not reimbursable for AFA leaders except National Officers.] The registration fee includes two half-day sessions 2/23-24; coffee breaks; an exhibit hall lunch; buffet reception 2/23, and a continental breakfast 2/24. Each AFA leader who registers at this special rate will be entitled to purchase an additional ticket to the reception/buffet for $155. In addition, tickets for the Central Florida Chapter sponsored events (annual Gala and Golf activities) can be purchased through the registration site.
Registration is now open. Please go to, click on the Air Warfare Symposium Orlando logo on the right hand side of the screen and choose the 'AFA Leader' registration category to register. If you have any questions regarding the symposium, please contact Katie Storm (ext. 5848 or
AFA is pleased to extend our internal rate of $162 single/double per night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations will be accepted on a first-in basis until the block is full or until noon on Friday, January 27, 2012, whichever comes first. To reserve your hotel room, you must first register for the Symposium. At the end of the registration process, your Internet browser will display a registration confirmation page. Look for the 'Make Hotel Reservation' button - click that button and then input the appropriate information. NOTE: Do not call the hotel directly; this is the only avenue available for you to make your hotel reservation at this rate. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Piggott at or 703-247-5800 ext. 4877.
We are looking forward to having another successful meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Here are some highlights about the property:
  • Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
  • Less than 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. Click here for directions or for transportation information. Multiple dining options from full service restaurants to a 24-hour deli and market place. Please click here to check out all of their options.
  • Four pools and a spa.
    • Discounted golf available -- just mention you are with AFA.
Self parking is $12 per day, however, if you mention you are with AFA, you will receive 50% off; Valet parking is $18 for the day and $20 overnight. 


2012 Scholarships and Grants   
The following programs have been updated on our website.   

This scholarship program was created by the Air Force Association, in partnership with Brian Wilson, to fund the Michael Wilson Scholarship. Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be awarded to highly qualified AFROTC cadets, entering into their junior or senior year in fall 2012.

Pitsenbarger Awards provide a one-time grant of $400 to selected top active duty, Guard and Reserve USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies held each spring and fall. 

This scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti and was established for minor dependents of Air Force active duty, Reserve or Air National Guard enlisted airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The recipients will be selected based upon high academic standards, good character and financial need.


The Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance and recognition to an active duty Air Force full time guard or reserve (officer or enlisted) person who is pursuing a Master's degree in a non-technical field.


The Air Force Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate/bachelor undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate degrees. 

Through AFA's affiliation with Grantham University, AFA is pleased to provide an online degree scholarship to an Active Duty Dependent, an AFA Member, or a dependent of an AFA Member. 



Far West Region President Rich Taubinger

Far West Region VP for Aerospace Education: Mike Peters

Far West Region VP for Leadership Development: Nora Ruebrook


The Far West Region state/ chapters continue to fully support the AFA  mission and goals at all levels with AFA  chapters comprised of  all sizes ranging from about 100 members  to 1300 members.  As in all AFA organizations, the leadership at each level working with their local community and members do outstanding work and truly do a remarkable job in today's AFA volunteer environment. The Far West Region has approximately 10,000 AFA members with nineteen chapters in California and presently one in Hawaii (also working on Guam).  Rex Moen is the California Air Force Association (CAFA) State President, Nancy Driscoll, CAFA Treasurer, Randy Kelly. CAFA Secretary and Lance Bleakley is the Hawaii-Guam Chapter President.



The Hawaii-Guam Chapter (President Lance Bleakley) is one of the finest, very active chapters in the Far West. The chapter's leadership and its members are involved in the local community as well as with PACAF, Wing, Base and other military units. The chapter leadership is working hard to get Guam rejuvenated again which is really a challenge and slow progress is being made. The Hawaii chapter supports the Wing/Base awards programs as well the NCO academy.  The chapter has an on-going veteran's program that insures that the chapter is represented at all veteran memorial services and activities such as the Korean War Memorial Ceremony, National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition day, Memorial Day activities and others. The chapter is engaged with the JROTC and ROTC units in the area. Hawaii this year has 49 Cyber Patriot school teams signed up to compete which is a tremendous achievement for the chapter.  The chapter has strong, active leadership and is doing everything well to continue to support the AFA mission. Check out their chapter web site which is  for more on the Hawaii chapter.



California AFA (CAFA) is organized into three major areas each headed by a CAFA Area President.

California Area One: CAFA Area One is composed of six chapters in northern California: Monterey Bay Area Chapter, Travis Chapter, Claude Farinha Gold Rush Chapter, Golden Gate Chapter, David J. Price Beale Chapter and the Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter.     


The Claude Farinha Gold Rush Chapter 116 (Chapter President Paul Bonnier) was selected as the "AFA 2011 Extra Large National Chapter of the Year" as well as being recognized last year as the National AFA 2010 Unit of the Year.  The chapter continues to be one of the best in AFA as well as in CAFA.  This chapter has many ongoing programs including a $20,000 per year scholarship program as well as a teacher of the year program, a $10,000 a year support to military families, an annual chapter chalet at the Annual California Air Show (attendance 100,000) while hosting 150 wounded warriors and veteran families as well as an annual Chapter annual awards function  recognizing National Guard, Reserves, Air Force Active duty, ROTC, JROTC, CAP,  community partners, member volunteers and well as scholarship recipients and teacher of the year programs. Check out the chapter's web site which is for further information on the Claude Farinha Gold Rush Chapter 116.


The Beale Chapter (Chapter President Kerry Adams) continues to work hard, grow slowly and support the AFA mission. The operational tempo at Beale has continually spread some of the chapter leadership thin but the chapter has been able to provide some support to Beale in performing award recognition to its active duty military members as well as support for other base activities and veteran organizations such as the Beale air shows.  It continues to work on revitalizing the chapter and membership and continues to be a work in progress.


The Monterey Chapter   (President Christian J. Haun) continues to do well .It continues to support the local community and functions such as the local area air shows and occasional live Monterey military band concerts and other events. The chapter continues to do fine work supporting AFA and CAFA and also is engaged with the Navy Post graduate school and the local business community. The Chapter has received approval and is changing its name in 2011 to the Stan Hyrn Chapter recognizing one of the finest and oldest Monterey chapter members.


The Golden Gate Chapter (President Harold Epley) continues to hang on and is an active chapter with leadership and volunteer needs. The chapter is located in Pleasanton, CA.  The chapter activities and functions are centered on working/teaming with the local veteran groups as well as supporting the local military ceremonies, activities and military veteran parades that are held annually. Chapter activities have been limited to supporting the local veterans and community organizations due to an aging membership in the area.


The Travis Chapter (President Andy Popenoe) is working hard to get this chapter reenergized and rejuvenated again. It is a hard task with the on-going Travis military operational tempo and a need to increase membership activities. The chapter continues to support Travis AFB activities and functions presenting awards to Travis annual/quarterly base personnel. The chapter also has an annual scholarship program which is very successful. The chapter also is engaged with the Travis AFB open houses, Travis Air Museum, and other wing/ base functions as they occur.  The chapter will be undergoing a major rejuvenation this year by the CAFA state organization.


The Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter (President Gaylord Green) continues to work hard on getting more members involved in a leadership role and help the chapter maintain its ongoing programs. The TEF chapter is one of the best supporters of the AFA's Aerospace Education Visions program and has been recognized for its efforts. The Chapter's Annual Award banquet is one of the best in CAFA which is fully supported by the local community, industry and continues to attract distinguished speakers from the Space Command leadership. The chapter also supports the San Jose ROTC and the Oak Grove JROTC activities. The chapter also holds an annual golf tournament to raise funds for its chapter's activities. A solid chapter which has ongoing strong activities.  Check out their web site which is


California Area Two: CAFA Area President Don Vanhook (he is also the Executive VP for CAFA) is responsible for six chapters in central California: Fresno Chapter, Charles Hudson Chapter, MG Charles Bennett, Jr Chapter, High Desert Chapter, Robert H. Goddard Chapter and the William J. Knight "Pete" Chapter. Area Two has been the best operational area in CAFA and continues to support AFA and CAFA with all its area chapter activities. 


The Fresno Chapter (Chapter President Robert Lindsey) is doing well.  It is active in the local community with its chapter activities and the chapter is a strong supporter of the CAFA scholarship program as well as the CAFA Teacher of the Year Program. The chapter works with the local Fresno National Guard unit and provides support to veteran activities and organizations in the Fresno area. The Fresno chapter continues to move forward with its AFA and CAFA support and activities.


The Charles Hudson Chapter (President Ken Nishiyama) continues to operate at an outstanding level and was recognized as a CAFA Area Two Chapter of the Year. The chapter continually supports the annual Kern County Fairs, Minter Field Air Shows, the Ridgecrest Air Show and other veteran memorial fund raisers. It also sets up the chapter AFA booth to educate and seek new chapter members at these air shows.   The chapter is very active in the CAFA scholarship and Teacher of the Year programs.  


The MG Charles Bennett, Jr Chapter (President Frank Walterscheid) continues to excel in its operations and performance. Frank was the 2010 CAFA Member of the Year for all his outstanding   CAFA performance and his Area Two President and Chapter accomplishments. The Bennett chapter continues to have strong leadership and great chapter functions. The chapter functions include lecture series on powered flight held at the Castle Air Museum, providing CAP class support, and other chapter involvement with the Castle Air Museum activities and local business organizations.


The High Desert Chapter (President Don Vanhook) continues to grow after rejuvenation efforts. The chapter is now very active with the local Air Force JROTC units.  The chapter is also recognizing deserving students and presenting chapter awards at three local high schools. The chapter also provides support to veterans  at the Barstow Veterans Home by providing books, magazines and other articles as available. The chapter continues to improve and develop its community network to help with its future functions and activities.  


The Robert H. Goddard Chapter (President Lee Barnby) continues to be one of Area Two's finest chapters. CAFA hosted the 2011 CAFA state convention at Vandenberg and as always it was a tremendous success.  The chapter's annual AFA military/community golf fund raiser nets approximately $6500 for their annual chapter activities. The local community partners and businesses in Lompoc and Santa Maria provide their full support to all the chapter functions and activities. The chapter's annual Community Partners Appreciation luncheon recognizes their many community partners. Vandenberg AFB also provides strong support to the chapter and the chapter provides needed support to the wing.  The great working relationships and support   between the chapter, community and the Air Force wing provide a very effective AFA joint organization to accomplish planned activities. The Goddard chapter has received many awards for all their AFA, CAFA efforts and accomplishments.   


The William J."Pete" Knight Chapter (President David Smith) is a great chapter and continues to excel in all its chapter activities including hosting past CAFA state conventions. This takes considerable effort by the chapter membership, the local community and Edwards AFB. Many tours were offered by the base  to show off the latest Edwards Air Force capabilities.  All the past conventions were extremely successful. The chapter also supports a local air history Joe Davies Air Park contributing efforts and man hours to help maintain the aircraft and park. The chapter works well with the Air Force Wing leadership and planned and executed a thank you affair to thank the chapter membership for helping the Edwards military families. The chapter also  hosted a pancake breakfast for the first ever Rosamond Lakebed fly in. The chapter leadership continues to work on its very successful community partner program and was recognized this year as one of the best in AFA.


California Area Three: CAFA Area President Martin Ledwitz  is responsible  for seven chapters in southern California: Curtis LeMay Chapter, General Doolittle Chapter, Bob Hope Chapter, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, Palm Springs Chapter, San Diego Chapter, and Gen Bernard A. Schriever Chapter.   


The Curtis LeMay Chapter (President Bryan Rowland) works extremely hard on all its chapter's programs. It is engaged with the local community and schools as it develops its educational programs. As with most chapters' leadership, active members and volunteers continue to be challenge for its leadership but the chapter continues to do a fine job. The chapter fully supports the CAFA scholarship and teacher of the year programs.


General Doolittle Chapter (President Harry Talbot) after considerable effort and work for a few years by many was rejuvenated this year and is becoming one of the finest chapters in Area Three. The chapter has been the leader in the AFA's Cyber Patriot program and has recruited more teams than any chapter in CAFA and AFA. The chapter leadership active participation with the local schools and community is an example for all chapters involved in the AFA's cyber patriot program. The chapter continues to support the AFA and its educational goals and objectives.  


The Bob Hope Chapter (President Nancy Driscoll) continues to operate at a high level of activity.  The Bob Hope chapter has continued to host past CAFA state conventions with outstanding success besides doing all the great things a chapter is suppose to do. The chapter gets outstanding support from March ARB for all their activities. The chapter has quarterly functions and activities, work with the local March Air Museum on joint activities, hold an annual large chapter golf tournament fund raiser, are involved with JROTC and ROTC, CAP as well as support the CAFA scholarship and teacher of the year programs.  They have an excellent community partner program that continues to be worked.  Leadership and membership involvement continues to be addressed for the future as this chapter continues to excel.


The San Gabriel Valley Chapter requires new leaders to rejuvenate the chapter. In the past, the chapter has hosted and worked with other veteran groups to help and aid military veterans and their families. They provide food, entertainment, help and transportation at no cost for different activities including travel to the local VA Hospital.  The chapter also supported the Annual Veterans Holiday celebration in conjunction with other veteran groups. CAFA will work to rejuvenate the chapter this coming year.


The Palm Springs Chapter (President John Hill) continues to excel as one of the finest chapters in Area Three. The Palm Springs Chapter was a past   CAFA Area Three Chapter of the Year for all its accomplishments. It has continually supported the local community as well as the Air Museum located at Palm Springs airport. In 2012 the chapter will host the annual CAFA state convention 10-13 May 2012 which will be a lot of hard work for the New Year and chapter leadership.    


The San Diego Chapter (President Richard Jeffreys) continues to do extremely well  in all of it's activities. The chapter has an ongoing AFROTC scholarship program supported by its upcoming April 20, 2012 annual golf tournament as well as a   San Diego State University Det 075 ROTC awards program. The chapter is   always active in the CAFA scholarship and teacher of the year programs. The chapter also worked with the Air Force Sergeants Association chapter, 147th Combat Communications Squadron and ROTC hosting a major BBQ at the California Veteran's Home in Chula Vista, CA. The chapter is very involved with the AFA Aerospace Education's CyberPatriot program and has continually worked to get schools to compete.  Working with SAIC and the local California National Guard they have been very instrumental supporting the chapter's Cyber Patriot teams.


The Bernard Schriever Chapter (President Steve Quilici) continues to excel in all that it accomplishes. It was selected as the 2011 CAFA Chapter of the Year. The chapter hosts the "Salute to SMC" Awards banquets; plans, hosts and executes the Space Executives   Reception and assisted AFA National with the Global Warfare Symposium in November 2011; as well as providing formal Air Force Ball support; providing $10,000 or more to each of the three AFROTC detachments; and more than $20,000 to Enlisted and Company Grade Officer scholarships and other SMC functions. The chapter has for many years had an active  leadership succession program, strong community and industry partner involvement and support  as well as an extensive  working Board of Directors that make it happen. The Schriever chapter has everything and everyone  that makes a chapter  a success in all that it does.


Submitted by Rich Taubinger, Far West Region President



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