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February 2012
In This Issue
Wounded Airmen Initiative
CAP 2011 Review
Medal of Merit Winner
Field Spotlight
CyberPatriot IV
Call for Nominations
Air Warfare Symposium

AFA National Report 

Don't forget to check out the AFA National Report section of Air Force Magazine each month.  The online edition contains many pictures we couldn't fit in the print edition. 

Important Dates

16 March
Officer/Director Nomination Packets due to HQ

22-23 March

20 April
Region Presidents' Meeting

21 April
AFA Nominating Committee

Chapters Lead New Wounded Airmen Initiative


On February 1, AFA announced a new initiative to assist wounded Airmen in the recovery process.  This new program is already being implemented by three chapters: the Nation's Capital Chapter and the D.W. Steele, Sr. Memorial Chapter in the D.C. area and the Alamo Chapter in San Antonio.  The program provides for many of the basic needs of wounded Airmen, who are often sent to military hospitals without any of their personal belongings.  AFA Chapters and Air Force Recovery Care Coordinators are teaming up to help make this transition easier.


Civil Air Patrol's 2011 AFA Program Review and Report

 On January 30, CAP submitted a letter and report to AFA thanking the association for its ongoing support of STEM education programs, and explaining many of the programs CAP has been able to continue thanks to AFA involvement and financial support. In 2011, AFA contributed $22,500 to CAP programs and CAP Cadets participated in many local chapter events. 
National Medal of Merit Winner Working in the Office of the First Lady 

Lt. Col. Rodney Lewis, a 2010 winner of the AFA National Medal of Merit for his work with the Pilot for a Day program for children with medical problems, has been chosen for the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows.  Colonel Lewis has been assigned to the Office of the First Lady, where he will be assisting with the Joining Forces Program, which aims to mobilize the public to give Veterans and their families more support through education, employment, and wellness initiatives.     
Field Spotlight 


The Gen. B. A. Schriever Los Angeles Chapter recently hosted the 40th Annual Air Force Ball in Los Angeles, where Lt. Gen. Larry D. James was awarded the General Thomas D. White Space Award for outstanding contributions to the nation's progress in space.  The Los Angeles Chapter uses funds raised by the ball to support 84 Visions of Exploration classrooms.  



Pictured left to right: AFA Board Chairman Sandy Schlitt, Lt. Gen. Larry James, Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and the ball's military host, and Stephen Quilici, Schriever Chapter president. (USAF photo by Lou Hernandez)



Members React to Member Discount Program Ending


For many years, AFA members have been eligible for substantial discounts on Microsoft software. Historically, not many members took advantage of this program. In the last "AFA Update" e-newsletter, we announced the end of this discount program and have received hundreds of orders in the last week. There are no royalties to AFA ... we simply negotiated this deal for the benefit of Members and, unfortunately, Microsoft is terminating this program in early March. Please pass this on to your local Members.




Microsoft Software Discounts Ending in March   

Microsoft has decided to eliminate many of their discount programs, including the one offering substantial discounts to AFA Members. They have not given us a definitive cut-off date, but it will be in early March. If you think you'll be buying Microsoft software in the near future, do it soon to get the AFA Member discount.

Examples of AFA Member discounts:


  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 normally $499.95 - AFA member price $89.95 (download version $10 cheaper)
  • The above with the Total Training Product (Download) - normally $539.95 - AFA member price $89.95.
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac - normally $279.99 - AFA member price $94.95 (download version $10 cheaper)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade - normally $299.95 - AFA member price $79.95
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2010 - normally $559.95 - AFA member price $79.95

Here's what you need to do:

  • Visit (caution: it's not a very user-friendly site).
  • Go through the entire ordering process.
  • You'll get a confirmation e-mail saying you need to prove you're eligible for the discount.
  • Forward that e-mail to
  • We'll confirm your eligibility and have them ship the order.


CyberPatriot National Finals Competition at CyberFutures



CyberPatriot is pleased to announce the National Finalists in the All Service and Open Divisions!  Twelve teams from each division have earned all expenses paid trips to the National Finals Competition held in conjunction with the CyberFutures Conference. Teams will compete for the Open Division's President's Cup and the All Service Division's Commander-in-Chief's Cup.  Last year's winning team members received scholarships through the generosity of Northrop Grumman, CyberPatriot's Presenting Sponsor.

Click here to see the list of the National Finalists.

The Second Annual CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition will take place March 22-23 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The CyberFutures Conference is a truly unique event that brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, and academia and current cyber security specialists from around the world to discuss the cyber security issues and challenges facing America today.   

Click here to register for CyberFutures or to see the conference agenda.


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 no 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

Now that our hotel cut-off deadline has passed, the Air Force Association room block at the Rosen Shingle Creek has very limited availability. Please contact Sarah Piggott at or 703-247-5800 ext. 4877 for availability.  If there is no availability, then we will add you to a waitlist and work with the Rosen Shingle Creek to get you a room at one of their nearby sister properties.  Based on availability, the hotel may still honor the internal rate of $162 single/double per night, plus applicable taxes. 
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. 


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