January 2014
In This Issue
Membership Committee Update
AFA Nominating Committee
Field Spotlight
Spotlight on Community Partners
ESA for Family Programs
Leadership Development and Retention
CyberPatriot Update
2014 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition
From the AFA Facebook Page
2014 Scholarships and Grants
Important Upcoming Events
19-21 February
Air Warfare Symposium
February 21
Executive Committee Meeting
22 February
Board of Directors Meeting
26-30 March
CyberPatriot Finals
28 March
Field Council Meeting
29 March
AEC Meeting
29 March
Region Presidents Meeting
13-14 September 
AFA National Convention
16-18 October
Region and State Presidents Meeting

AFA National Report


AFA members from several chapters toured Eglin during a unit reunion. See January's "AFA National Report" in Air Force Magazine, also online at airforcemag.com.

 January Field Operations Update


New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year to all of you!  As we begin the year, I hope we will all resolve to continue to work the big Field issues of AFA:  Membership, Leadership/Leadership Development, and chapter health.  We made progress in all of these areas last year, but it takes a continued dedication to stay on the upward path.  Do the best you can to recruit and retain members, lead your organization, find and train your replacements, and get active participation in your chapter's activities.  Together, we can fix this!


Process Review

One of the undertakings of the Field Council this year is to do a review of our planning and reporting processes.  As we transition those to newer technologies this year, it makes sense to do a sanity check on how we do business and make adjustments if warranted.  If you think you have a better way for chapters to report which will simplify or streamline our current process but still keep rigor in the system (measureable objectives), let us know what those are.  Pass your suggestions through your State and Region presidents to me and we'll work the issue.  We are looking for process improvement, so come with solutions and new ideas. 


Annual Plans

If you don't have your annual finance and activity plans in and approved, you're late.  Support payments will stop and your chapter will be considered inactive until these requisites are complete.  Annual rosters and reports are the price of admission for an AFA charter.


Hope to see many of you next month in Orlando.




Scott Van Cleef

Vice Chairman-Field Operations

AFA Membership Committee Update              

By now your chapter should have finalized its 2014 membership goals and selected people to help achieve those goals.  If your chapter hasn't, what's holding you back?  If your chapter has those goals, are you ready to measure your progress and account for your success?  Membership recruiting and retention must be deliberate efforts across the chapter to make membership programs work and to grow chapters.  Make it a great year for your chapter by engaging your current members in your growth efforts and welcoming your new members to our great Air Force Association.


Chapter Success Story

Click here to read how the Charleston chapter coordinated volunteers to implement a highly successful CyberPatriot and Visions program -- using their Community Partners!


Chapter Membership and Retention on Bases... and Elsewhere!

Click here to learn how the Alamo Chapter's Membership Lead promotes membership in her area.

AFA National Nominating Committee Seeking Qualified AFA Member for National Office       
The Nominating Committee will meet in Spring 2014 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.


All officer positions are for one year terms and open to any member. The incumbent, Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education and Secretary are eligible to run again - the Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board for Field Operations, and Treasurer are not. The Nominating Committee also seeks a National Director East Area and two National Directors at Large. Read the full article here

Field Spotlight 
The Air Force Association Spangdahlem Chapter has recently been rejuvenated and we could not be more excited! Recently the chapter was featured in the Spangdahlem Airbase News. The article profiles the chapter and AFA, and directs interested readers to contact the chapter leadership to participate. This is great example of how chapters can work with their base news to publicize their activities. Read the full article from Spangdahlem Airbase here
Community Partner Spotlight               
Each month, AFA features a Community Partner that is doing extraordinary work for AFA and in their community. This month, we are proud to feature Tom's Auto Repair of Monterey, CA, a Community Partner for the Stan Hyrn Monterey Chapter. Read the full spotlight here

Community Partner Tip of the Month
 Read this month's valuable tip for improving and expanding your Community Partner program here
If you would like your chapter's Community Partners to be featured in Newsline, or have a CP tip of the month, please email a short article to field@afa.org. We look forward to your submissions!
New Exceptional Service Award for Family Programs              

The reorganization of AFA national staff has brought a renewed focus onto our commitment to serve the needs of our Airmen, spouses and the greater Air Force family.  The success of this effort rests with our grassroots structure to determine and serve the needs of our Airmen and families at the local level.  We are proud to announce a new ESA for Family Programs to recognize the work being done by the Field in this area. 

Please contact Shannon Aud at saud@afa.org or (800) 727-3337 ex. 4896 for more information. 

Leadership Development and Retention
What does leadership development have to do with retention?  Every chapter officer knows the importance of developing future leaders...as well as the importance of retaining a strong membership base. Want to learn how to link leadership development and retention? Read the full article here
CyberPatriot Announces Semifinalists              

After an exciting first two rounds of competition, the results are in! A total of 106 teams - 50 Open Division teams, 44 All Service Division teams, and 12 Middle School Division teams - have advanced to the Semifinal Round of CyberPatriot VI. Support your local teams on January 17-19, 2014 as they vie for a chance to advance to the in-person National Finals Competition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in March 2014.


Teams that did not advance to the Semifinals still have two more opportunities to learn and compete. These teams can vie for state awards in the State Recognition Round, set to take place February 21-23, 2014. The top scoring team from each state will then advance to the Regional Recognition Round to win regional awards March 7-9, 2014. Visit www.uscyberpatriot.org or email info@uscyberpatriot.org for the full list of Semifinalists.

2014 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition 
The Air Force Association's 30th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition will take place February 19-21, 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Read details about this event and view information for registering here
Mitchell Institute Update                                                                                            

Dean of the Mitchell Institute David A. Deptula Makes Defense News Top 100

Congratulations to Lt Gen David A. Deptula, United States Air Force Retired, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for being selected by Defense News as one of their Top 100 Most Influential People in Defense for 2013. Read more about this exciting announcement here


AFA Mitchell Event Features Steven Kwast as Guest Speaker

AFA's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies welcomed General Kwast from the QDR Office as the guest speaker for December's Mitchell Hour Event. Read more about the event here

From the AFA Facebook Page...        
Congratulations to C/TSgt Ron Trost on receiving the CAP Medal from Lt Col Gilberto Aguiar on December 19th at Homestead Air Reserve Base. C/TSgt Trost received the award for outstanding community service and great leadership skills. See the original posting here and check out all the other great posts on our facebook page!
2014 Scholarships and Grants
Each year the Air Force Association awards many scholarships and grants. Lynette Cross, National Aerospace Awards Manager, has compiled a guide to the 2014 scholarships and grants. See the full guide here and contact Lynette at lcross@afa.org if you have any questions!
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