Friday, April 18, 2014

Science Fair Spurs Innovation Among Youth

Bill Rushing of the Donald W. Steele Sr. Memorial Chapter, Va., helped two Civil Air Patrol members judge projects at the first annual Elementary and Middle School Science and Engineering Fair, held last Saturday, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

GMU's College of Science--Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer in particular--and Pinnacle Academy of Oakton, Va., organized the fair. Twenty-two schools were represented.

CAP 1st Lt. Vinh Lu and CAP Cadet Lt. Col. Shivani Patel from the Fairfax Composite Squadron and Rushing presented plaques and AFA memberships to three winners in a special category: aerospace-related projects.

The winners were Ally Edwards, Ron Nachum, and Tyler Francis. Look for their photos in the May edition of Air Force Magazine.

In the mean time, here's a photo of judges Patel, Rushing, and Lu conferring over one of the projects on display.


Student photos by Jabari Bellamy, Art Institute of Washington
Here is Mahima Suresh from Greenbriar West Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., showing Rushing her project on parachute material.
  

Student photos by Jabari Bellamy, Art Institute of Washington
Make sure to pick up your May edition of Air Force Magazine to learn more about this year's winners and their projects!

Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, a single event with a lasting impact, defining a force the US could convey.

On April 18, 1942, four months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II, 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers took off from the USS Hornet headed for Japan. In a mission designed and executed by then-Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, the Doolittle raiders volunteered to bomb Tokyo.

This raid launched a long-range strike to the heart of Japan in the world's most horrific war, boosting morale to the troops of World War II and the American public back home still grieving over the tragic loss of life at Pearl Harbor.

The Air Force Association salutes the brave men of the Doolittle Raiders. Today, may we take time to remember the daring young men who showed great courage and sacrifice in one of the most daring operations of its time to be undertaken by the United States.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Note from AFA: New Digital Edition of Air Force Magazine Now Available

We are excited to announce a high-definition, digital edition of Air Force Magazine!

As AFA continues to move toward putting a greater emphasis on digital communications to further engage those who share in AFA’s mission, this new digital format is a testament to that transition. Qmags is the company chosen by AFA to deliver the exciting new digital edition of the magazine. This digital edition will allow you to view the issue on browsers, download the PDF, and, beginning May 2014, view the digital Air Force Magazine on your iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire tablet.

With the digital issue you get:
  • Search: Locate text or articles using keywords, author name, or subject.
  • Easy Navigation: Jump to articles directly from the cover or the table of contents.
  • Personalized Subscription Library: Access your digital Air Force Magazine library at any time, from anywhere in the world.
AFA eMembers are automatically subscribed to this new digital version of Air Force Magazine. In the coming weeks, AFA members who receive the print version of the magazine will also be given the option to receive digital Air Force Magazine at no additional cost. Be on the lookout for an email from Qmags stating that the May issue of Air Force Magazine is available.

The April 2014 issue of digital Air Force Magazine may be accessed by everyone at online.qmags.com/afm0414. However, beginning in May 2014, additional login information will be required. For AFA members who have established a login for www.afa.org, the same login will give you access to digital Air Force Magazine.

If you still need to establish a login, go to www.afa.org and select "Login" at the top of the page, and follow the instructions there.

We have another great initiative coming down the pipeline soon! May 2014 brings AFA’s newest publication, Wingman Magazine. Members will receive this new publication in conjunction with Air Force Magazine’s esteemed May Almanac! Wingman serves as a window to the men and women of AFA and the broader Air Force community they serve.

Wingman will inform and engage readers with interesting stories on the work of AFA members, volunteers, chapters, and staff at our national office in Arlington, Va. It will entertain you with compelling articles on notable airmen, spouses and families, veterans, retirees, cadets, and others. Many in the AFA community contributed to this inaugural edition, and we thank them all for their dedication to making our launch a successful one! So keep an eye out for this exciting new publication!

AFA will continue to make announcements as further enhancements to Air Force Magazine are completed. Additionally, AirForceMag.com is currently undergoing a total redesign. The new design will launch mid-summer 2014.

Thank you for your continual support of the mission of this Association. With you, the possibilities are endless.

Chet

Chet Curtis
Senior Director, Education and Communications

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AFA Legacy Life Membership

The Legacy Life Membership program is a brand new membership offering from AFA. The program is designed so that current AFA members can bestow a life membership to a family member or friend.

Former AFA National President and former Chairman of the Board, Bob Largent, recently gave one to his son. Read about their experience with the program:

Having been an AFA Life Member myself for over 30 years, my wife Becky became a Life Member in 2007. During my tenure as AFA National President and later, Chairman of the Board, I also provided our son, Scott, with an annual membership, going on some ten years now. While Scott never served in the Air Force, he grew up ‘in’ the Service and after graduating from high school and college, settled with his family in Clinton, Missouri, near Whiteman AFB. He’s been a member of the Whiteman Chapter and, while serving as an elected representative in the Missouri legislature, sponsored several AFA briefings to their Military and Veterans Affairs Committees there. Becky and I thought it time to make his membership ‘permanent’ and were delighted when the Association made the Legacy Life Membership available. We’re pleased that Scott will carry on our legacy of service through his several civic and entrepreneurial endeavors … and especially the educate, advocate and support mission of the Air Force Association.
If you are interested in this program, contact membership@afa.org.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Recruiting Retired Military Members

AFA has a large retiree membership base, making up a large portion of AFA membership. This group has continued to provide great support to AFA and its mission! Below is an article from the Membership Committee on recruiting retirees:

The AFA continues to have a very strong retiree membership base. They not only make up a majority of the membership, they also hold a majority of the leadership positions at chapter, state, and national levels. However, chapters should still put effort into recruiting those transitioning from their military careers.

There are several key opportunities to attract soon to be, or new, retirees. One way is by getting involved with the Retiree Activity Office at a local base. As most of you know, they have the master list of all the retirees in the area… although they can’t just give it out to your chapter, they do have events and newsletters which you can use to spread the word about your AFA chapter.

Another possibility is to get in touch with the local base’s Airman and Family Readiness  Center. Airmen are required to attend their Transition program so if you can reach out and at the very least put brochures in their office you will have a large audience. One successful technique to engage with those transitioning is to highlight that with the AFA they can stay connected to Airmen and the Air Force mission.

Lastly, remember to constantly look at your AFA roster to see if any fresh retirees have moved in the area, reach out to them, and welcome them into your chapter.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Keep Spirit of ’45 Alive” Express Tour

Countdown to the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II has started and the “Spirit of ‘45” is leading the way. AFA is a proud partner in this planning effort, and we look forward to participating in the celebration of our heritage.

Events around the country are being planned in support of the anniversary. One example is the “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! Express 2014 Tour.” The Spirit of ’45 Express is on a two-year tour to help raise public awareness about the events and activities that are being planned for next year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, which will include flyovers in more than 100 communities on the weekend of August 15 – 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the role American airpower played in winning the war.

The next stop on the tour is Yankee Air Museum in Bellevue, Michigan, on Wednesday, April 15. The Express will continue making stops throughout the Midwest and Northeast states en route to Washington, DC, where it will appear in the National Memorial Day Parade. While in DC, they will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial.

The full itinerary for the express tour can be found here: http://secure.afa.org/Spirit_of_45_Day_Express_ITINERARY.pdf

If AFA chapters or members are interested in sponsoring a Spirit of ’45 event, let us know! Email polcom@afa.org.

For more information, go to http://www.spiritof45.org/home0.aspx.

Friday, April 4, 2014

AFA Hosts Hill Event

AFA cosponsored a caucus breakfast with The Military Coalition’s Guard-Reserve Subcommittee this week. Sixteen association leaders, including AFA President Craig McKinley, and 10 Congressional members of the House National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus talked about priorities of the Reserve component in relation to the President’s FY15 Budget request.

Formed in 1996, the Caucus has been instrumental in ensuring that our National Guard and Reserve components are adequately resourced to carry out their missions overseas, defend the homeland and provide crucial support to our nation’s citizens during natural disasters and national emergencies.

Learn more about what the caucus is doing: http://ngrcc-hunter.house.gov/