AFA National Report
Col. David Koontz chats with Scott Van Cleef at the AFA Convention. See "AFA National Report" in Air Force Magazine for another convention highlight, too: Teacher of the Year. It's also online at airforce-magazine.com.
Global Warfare Symposium and Air Force Ball
Field Operations Update
By Scott Van Cleef
We held a very successful Region and State Presidents meeting at AFA headquarters in Arlington, VA 19-20 October. Chairman George Muellner provided opening remarks stressing that we in AFA are not effectively getting our message out to the USAF and our target audiences. Advocacy needs to be a major focus for the year along with being a good "wingman" in supporting Air Force units located near our chapters.
The major issue for AFA field leaders is the health of our Field organizations; chapters, states and regions. Concerted efforts in leadership development, chapter reinvigoration and membership recruitment are needed and this will be a recurring theme for the year. Chapters are asked to consider these when developing their annual activity plans.
AFA Staff orientation briefings were provided to the RPs and SPs, led by Executive Vice President Dick Newton. A recent staff director's offsite meeting highlighted the need to improve the communications between the staff and field, up and down the organization. Telling our Air Force story better and expanding our outreach to choir and non-choir audiences will be a major focus area and chapters can contribute to this. We need you to identify speaking opportunities to get the message out and identify centers of influence across the country where we can get engaged. Finally, we need to get back into the "people" business and talk about the people who serve our nation, not just about the weapons systems they use.
A lot of time was spent talking about information technologies, how we can better use the capabilities we have, and what we need for the future that will allow us to more efficiently and accurately support Field operations. A major effort to realign zip codes across the country are discussed elsewhere in this Newsline.
Read aheads, handouts and a comprehensive summary of all that was discussed at the RP/SP meeting are all available on the AFA website under Field Resources. Please take the time to review those items. They are packed with important information for all Field leaders.
I plan to continue contributing to Newsline to help keep you informed on the issues that matter to you. Don't hesitate to provide feedback. We have much to do...but let's have fun while doing it!
-Scott Van Cleef, VCOB-FO
Zip Code Realignment Project
AFA's Information Technology staff is undertaking an overhaul of the data table that ties zip codes to chapters for the purpose of member/chapter affiliation. Analysis of the current zip code table led us to propose that each State and its Chapters own all zip codes within the state. As a result of this effort, States and their Chapters may assign every zip code within their state to a chapter. Each zip code may belong to one and only one chapter.
The goals for this project are:
1) Unite unaffiliated members with chapters to help energize our base
2)Enable States and Chapters to better manage and market to their audience
3) Return revenues to States and Chapters to facilitate state-wide membership efforts
4) Streamline and modernize AFA IT zip code processes to reduce costs and increase reporting consistency
The project will require significant interaction between Field Leadership and AFA's Membership and IT departments. AFA IT will supply each State President with 1) a map depicting the geography of state zip codes and their chapter owners, 2) an Excel spreadsheet showing all zip codes within the state, the current Chapter owner and a count of members within each zip code, 3) a complete list of all members within the state sorted by current chapter and zip code and 4) instructions for file use and update. Region Presidents will receive data sets for each state within their area. With this information, States will be able to assign each state zip code to a chapter.
State and Region Presidents will receive their data sets on November 16, 2012. Originally promised for November 1, 2012 the data were delayed due to hurricane Sandy and a newly discovered and now resolved data issue. States must return their edited spreadsheets to AFA IT no later than March 30, 2013 for the updates to be completed in time for 2013 Field Award calculation.
We look forward to working with you on this exciting project.
-Lauren Brice, Director Information Technology
Veterans Day at the Air Force Memorial
The Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeants Association are hosting an 11 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 11th at the Air Force Memorial. A two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war. During the ceremony, a wreath will be placed at the Memorial in memory and in honor of the veterans of the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations.
This annual event, which is open to the public, is more than just recognition of a national holiday but an opportunity to remember and give honor to all of our nation's veterans for their strength, dedication and sacrifice. It reflects the pride in the heroism of those who died in service to our nation.
Remarks will be given by CMSgt David Popp, USAF (Retired), Deputy CEO of the Air Force Sergeants Association, and General John Shaud, USAF (Retired), former Executive Director of the Air Force Association.
Call or e-mail the Air Force Memorial Office at 703.979.0674 or email@example.com for more information.
Global Warfare Symposium
The Air Force Association's 2012 Global Warfare Symposium will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 15-16, 2012, at our new location, The Hyatt Regency Century Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
AFA will repeat last year's successful two-day format, part of the evolution of this Symposium's emphasis from Space to Global Warfare. Topics include ISR, the Asian Pivot, USAF Global Posture and the Industrial Space Mission. We have invited multiple speakers to inform our audience on these topics, and look forward to hosting the top echelon of USAF senior management and commanders, the aerospace community and academia.
Secretary of the Air Force
General William L. Shelton
Commander, Air Force Space Command
Lt Gen Larry James
DCS, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(Acting) Under Secretary of the Air Force
The Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Friday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The annual Air Force Reception and Ball will be held Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Since it is important for AFA leaders to have the opportunity to attend the symposium, a special "AFA Leader" registration fee for National Officers, Region Presidents, Directors, State and Chapter Officers and designees has been established. Registration is now open. Please go to www.afa.org, click on the Global Warfare Symposium logo on the right hand side of the screen. Select the 'Registration' button on the right side of the page; choose the 'AFA Leader' registration category from the drop-down to register. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Katie Storm (ext. 5848) firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan to stay at The Hyatt Century Plaza, the AFA discounted rate is $225 single/double plus tax. To make your hotel reservation, please either book online by clicking here or by call the hotel directly at (888) 421-1442. If you call, please mention you are with the Air Force Association's Global Warfare Symposium to receive the special symposium rate. The deadline to receive these rates has passed but the hotel is still accepting reservations.
|2013 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition
The Air Force Association's 29th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition will take place February 21-22, 2013 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 Mark A. Welsh, 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 Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Individual golfer price is $150. Tickets for the Golf Outing may be purchased through registration on the AFA website. For questions regarding the golf registration, please contact Jim DeRose at email@example.com. NOTE: Only 144 slots will be available for this year's golf outing. For all other golf questions including sponsorships and/or merchandise donations contact Bob Ceruti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chapter will celebrate "Air Force Education & Training" at its annual dinner, which will be on WEDNESDAY, February 20, 2013 this year. Dress for this year's Air Force Gala will be Service Dress and/or Business Suit. Tickets to the Gala may be purchased through registration on the AFA website. For additional Gala information please contact Tim Brock at Brock1874@bellsouth.netor 407-359-4963.
As an AFA leader, you are invited to attend the symposium which will be held on Thursday, February 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on Friday, February 22, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The standard registration fee for the symposium is $850 for an AFA individual member and $950 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 $250 (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.] The registration fee includes one and a half days of sessions on 2/21-22; continental breakfast on 2/21-22; coffee breaks on 2/21-22; an exhibit hall lunch on 2/21; and a buffet reception on 2/21. Each AFA leader who registers at this special rate will be entitled to purchase an additional ticket to the reception/buffet for $175. 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 www.afa.org, click on the Air Warfare Symposium logo on the right hand side of the screen. Select the 'Registration' button on the right side of the page; choose the 'AFA Leader' registration category from the drop-down to register. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Katie Storm (ext. 5848) email@example.com.
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 25, 2013, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Visithttp://www.rosenshinglecreek.com/location.asp#OIA for directions or for transportation information. Multiple dining options from full service restaurants to a 24-hour deli and market place. Please check out all of their options athttp://www.rosenshinglecreek.com/restaurantsAndBar.asp.
- Four pools and a spa.
- Discounted golf available - just mention you are with AFA.
- Self parking is $16 per day, however, if you mention you are with AFA, you will receive 50% off; Valet parking is $20 for the day and $21 overnight.
Field Visit Requests
Please remember to submit requests for participation in field activities by AFA National Officers and Staff Members as soon as possible. We use your request submissions to ensure visits are coordinated and scheduled in advance. This helps to keep costs down and ensures we can provide the best support to the field possible.
For full guidelines on the program and a request form, click here
CyberPatriot Round 1 Update
CyberPatriot had a tremendously successful Round 1 of the first on-line round of the season: All Service Division on November 2nd and 3rd! Round 1 of the Open Division will be held on November 16th and 17th. Our new AFA-owned software performed PERFECTLY! Thank you to everyone who helped recruit teams. We encourage you to continue to support teams in your area. For more information on CyberPatriot please check out our website: www.uscyberpatriot.org.
Member Benefits Highlight
Enrollment for AFA Group Legal Services Plan
Enrollment is now Open (thru Dec 28) for AFA's Group Legal Services Plan
Whether you're buying a new home, drawing up a will or just need some legal advice, MetLaw® -- the Air Force Association's Group Legal Services Plan administered by Hyatt Legal Services - provides you easy access to more than 11,000 carefully selected, experienced network attorneys nationwide who can provide you with a wide range of services.
With MetLaw®, a participating local attorney is just a phone call away.
Cost is $211.80 per year total for you, your spouse and eligible dependents. Once you've paid the enrollment fee, you receive full representation for most of your personal legal needs throughout 2013. Visit www.afavba.org/legal for full details and an enrollment form. Ready to enroll? Call AFA Member Benefits on 1-800-727-3337 to enroll over the phone with a credit card.
AFA 2013 Statement of Policy
The Air Force Association's 2013 Statement of Policy is now available. Please review the statement of policy so you are up to date. If you wish to view it online, it can be found in PDF format here.
Award Winners Announced
AFA has recently announced the winner of its 2012 Grantham Scholarship, as well as the six winners of 2012 Civil Air Patrol Educator Grants. Congratulations to all the winners. Full descriptions and the award winners can be found below.
Grantham University Scholarship
Civil Air Patrol Educator Grants
2013 AFA Calendars
The Air Force Association's 2013 Calendars are now available. To order one, select "Calendar" with a tax-deductible donation at the link below (suggested $25). Pass this on to your chapters so they can get this year's calendar early.
Donate here to get a 2013 Calendar.
Social Media 101
If your chapter needs a refresher on social media, you can find our Social Media 101 presentation in the Field Resources section of the website. Social Media is becoming more and more essential to drawing in members, especially younger generations. Browse the presentation to familiarize yourself and your chapter with the concepts and sites you should be utilizing.
The presentation can be found here.