May 2014
In This Issue
Membership Committee Update
Accessing AF Magazine Online
Spencer Scholarship
Social Support and Veterans Survey
AFA Cycling Classic
Thank You for AAS and Silver Wings
Spotlight on Community Partners
Field Spotlight
2014 National Convention and Air and Space Conference
The Distinguished Flying Cross Society
AFA Building Naming
From the AFA Facebook Page...
Important Upcoming Events
4 June
Audit Committee Meeting
5 June 
Awards Committee Meeting
6-7 June
Executive Committee Meeting
7-8 June
AFA Cycling Classic
13-14 September 
AFA National Convention
16-18 October
Region and State Presidents Meeting
AFA National Report


Ever see someone RUN to the stage to receive an AFA membership? "AFA National Report," May Almanac edition, tells you how to find photographers who can take such photos. 


Field Operations Update



Wingman Magazine:  By now you should have seen either a hard or digital copy of the new Wingman Magazine.  We plan to publish this three times a year.  The content comes primarily from you and is focused entirely on people... specifically AFA members and the Air Force Family they support.  We'll illustrate how you are accomplishing the AFA mission, how you are supporting our Airmen and their families, and how you are impacting your local communities.  It is a direct outgrowth of your request for more news about our members and our Air Force family.  Thanks to our AFA president, Craig McKinley, Editor in Chief Adam Hebert, Wingman editor Michael C. Sirak and the entire Air Force Magazine staff for putting together this first-class publication. You'll soon note a new section of the Daily Report called Wingman, as well, featuring AFA members in action.  If we are to continue this effort and build upon its success, we depend on you for content.  You've gotten your appetite whet with the first edition of Wingman.  I hope it will inspire you to highlight the activities and people in your chapter area.  Don't be shy; it's OK to brag about the great work that you do on behalf of AFA!

Congressional Testimony:  Last month I highlighted some of the testimony our AFA Staff had presented to Congress regarding personnel issues.  This month, AFA President Craig McKinley represented AFA before the Senate Armed Services Committee on 6 May. The Committee heard testimony on Department of Defense proposals seeking to slow the growth of military personnel costs, the impact on the force should the proposed changes be enacted, and the effect on other areas of the defense budget should these proposals be rejected. AFA was one of only four military organizations invited to testify. See our AFA website for more information. This is another example of how AFA can make an impact on the national scene. Remember, your advocacy at the local level is just as important. Stay informed. Speak out.  


Videos/photos needed for the convention: We want to make the annual National Awards Banquet at the AFA National Convention more entertaining and focused on Field activities. Towards that end, we'd like to put together a video of members in action. Please send any AFA related video clips and event photos to Shannon Aud ( Action-oriented photos are preferred. Here's another chance to highlight the great work you do on behalf of AFA. If you have upcoming events, make sure you have a photographer to capture what you do. Then, send it in. Just like Wingman Magazine, we rely on you for content.  


Air Force Magazine Access: You may have noticed that access to the majority of the content on our AF Magazine website is now restricted to members only. Traditional members and eMembers have full access to everything. All you need to do is to log on to the website. It's easy and only needs to be done once. There's more information about this below. We hope this will encourage those who have been enjoying our magazine and website content for free in the past to now become members.  


Membership: Have I mentioned lately how important membership is to our Association? See the Membership Committee's article, below on how to attract new members to your chapter meetings. That's never a problem, right? 




Scott Van Cleef

Vice Chairman, Field Operations 

AFA Membership Committee Update              

Have you ever wondered how to get new members to come to chapter meetings? AFA's Membership Committee has shared tips and tricks - read them here


Tell us what you think!

For the past 5 months the Membership Committee has been bringing you tips and anecdotes on how to recruit different demographics.  We are just over halfway through our yearly article plan and we want to stop and evaluate how we were doing.  Our committee is asking you, the Field, if you have found value in these articles or do we need to change what we are doing to better relate to you.  If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please send it to Dan Whalen at


We are here to help you... If you don't find value in what we are doing, we will re-vector. Thanks!

Changes in How to Access Air Force Magazine Online
AFA recently launched its members-only area for its content, including specific areas of Air Force Magazine. AFA membership is now required to have full access to all Air Force Magazine content and specific login information will need to be established. For AFA members who have established a login for, the same login will give access to the digital edition of Air Force Magazine. AFA members who still need to establish a login, go to and select "Login" at the top of the page, and follow the instructions.  
View Frequently Asked Questions here
Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship
AFA's newest scholarship is the Col. Loren J. and Mrs. Lawona R. Spencer Scholarship. AFA is proud to have this new program! See the full article for details on requirements and how to apply here
Social Support and Veterans Survey

Calling all US Armed Forces veterans! A doctoral candidate reached out to AFA to assist in reaching military veterans for a dissertation study. The purpose of the research is to identify how social support may help veterans in both online and offline. If you can, please take this online survey that will take  about 20 minutes of your time. Your answers are anonymous.

If you are interested in completing the survey, you may do so here.
AFA Cycling Classic, June 7-8
AFA's Annual Cycling Classic is fast approaching! For information on volunteering, donating, and riding, see the full article here.
Thank You from Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings         
AFA has a close relationship with Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Society and looks forward to continuing to strengthen that relationship in the years to come. Daniel Woodward, Brig Gen, USAF (Retired), Executive Director of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings has written a letter of thanks to AFA membership. Read his letter here
Community Partner Spotlight               

This month we are highlighting one of our newest Community Partners, Goodwill Manasota, located in Sarasota, Florida. Chris Davis, a Program Manager for Goodwill Manasota, has been in contact with the Sarasota-Manatee chapter leadership about his upcoming plans to walk the Appalachian Trail, raising awareness and funds for veterans.


Starting on May 29,  Davis, a United States Army veteran, will begin the long journey across the east coast, covering the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. Individuals can support Chris by donating at the various levels per mile or in any donation amount they might choose. Read more about Chris's story and how to support him here. 

Field Spotlight   
The 2014 Arnold Air Society (AAS) and Silver Wings (SW) National Conclave was held in Washington, D.C. 21-26 April. AFA National and local AFA chapters worked closely with AAS and SW to make this event a success! For details and pictures, see the full article here.
2014 National Convention and Air and Space Conference Registration Now Open!           
The registration page for the 2014 National Convention and Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition went live on May 1st. Both will once again be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The National Convention will be 13-14 September and the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition will be September 15-17. Read full details on the event here

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS) recognizes the strong historical connection between its origins and those of the United States Air Force and its predecessor, the US Army Air Corps.  The DFCS is looking toward the ranks of the Air Force Association and those members who are recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross to join the organization. For details, see

the full article here

AFA to Name Building After Aviation Pioneer

AFA recently announced that it will name its operations building in Arlington, Va., after American aviation pioneer General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle. AFA's Board of Directors unanimously approved naming the building, in an effort to preserve the legacy of Doolittle and recognize his lifetime of service. A commemoration ceremony for the building naming will take place during National Convention this September. In addition, AFA will continue to recognize the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid with an annual wreath -laying ceremony on April 18 at the Air Force Memorial.

From the AFA Facebook Page...

NATCON Meets in Washington, D.C. 


As NATCON 2014 (the national conclave of the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings) continues throughout DC this week, here is a glimpse of the action! Saturday night, cadets gathered for an opening mixer at the Air and Space Museum, which included a performance by The United States Air Force Band's Max Impact.


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