air force association

annual report 2018

Letter from Chairman and President

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Air Force Association,

We are pleased to present the Air Force Association’s 2018 Annual Report. 2018 was yet another successful year for our association. Thanks to the support of our 100,000 members, sponsors, donors and volunteers across the globe, AFA was able to successfully execute our mission of promoting a dominant Air Force and a strong national defense.

Consecutive years of strong financial performance have enabled us to grow our programs, enhance our professional development offerings, advocate for issues of key importance for the Air Force, and give more back to our Wounded Airmen who have given so much in support of our great Air Force.

AFA’s 200 chapters continue to do remarkable grassroots level work at communities around the globe. From aerospace education programs to fundraisers supporting Wounded Airmen, our chapter volunteers, Aerospace Education and Field Councils have provided unparalleled leadership for our association.

Through a series of base level professional development events coupled with a robust marketing plan, AFA’s membership grew this past year. We have also focused our membership efforts on partnerships with industry and are pleased to share that we increased our corporate members by 50 percent in 2018.

And not only have our two major events, the Air, Space & Cyber Conference and Air Warfare Symposium, seen remarkable growth in attendance (32 percent and 23 percent increase respectively), we’ve also sold out the exhibit floors for both shows and brought in crowd-pleasing keynote speakers such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Vice President Mike Pence, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and Spark Tank’s Mark Cuban!

AFA continues to be a non-partisan voice for the U.S. Air Force. Hot topics this year included debate over the Space Force and implementing Secretary Wilson’s vision of 386 operational squadrons by 2030. Earlier this year, we also brought together key leaders from the government and industry to discuss the national pilot shortage. And we made our own small dent in the pilot shortage problem by partnering with Vertol Systems to offer a full private pilot certificate scholarship to one of our members.

AFA’s think tank, the Mitchell Institute, has been busier than ever, hosting over 70 events; publishing thought-leading reports; and shaping the defense debate in Washington, D.C. and beyond through engagement with Congress, industry, the media, and DoD leaders.

At the launch of the Doolittle Legacy Brick Wall this past fall, we were honored to have the last surviving Doolittle Raider, Lt Col Dick Cole, and Jimmy Doolittle’s granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, attend the event and provide some very moving remarks.

Our STEM programs and initiatives continue to reach new heights. Our CyberPatriot and StellarXplorers programs both broke registration records again this year. CyberPatriot also reached a new audience with the launch of the CyberGenerations program, AFA’s Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative.

Our Wounded Airman Program support grew by leaps and bounds in 2018. We hosted a successful hospitality tent for all of the wounded warriors and their families at the DoD Warrior Games at the US Air Force Academy (Team Air Force Won!), provided over $200,000 in support to Airmen, and increased the number of permanently disabled Airmen we send to CARE events.

AFA’s flagship publication, Air Force Magazine, celebrated its centennial birthday. With a heritage dating back to 1918, the magazine continues to be a top benefit to our members. Air Force Magazine’s digital content reached over 800,000 readers in 2018.

Thank you for helping us carry out our vital mission and for being an Airman for Life!


image description

F. Whitten Peters

AFA Chairman of the Board

image description

Larry O. Spencer

AFA President

  • image description
    F. Whitten Peters Chairman of the Board
  • image description
    General Larry O. Spencer, USAF (Ret) President

AFA Accomplishments

Provided Professional Development & Networking Forums

Advocated for a Dominant Air Force and for Airmen Benefits

Educated Airpower Advocates through AFA Publications

Supported Airmen, Family and Community Programs

Built the Pipeline of Future Air Force Leaders through STEM Activities

Conferences and Symposia

AFA’s 2018 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition attracted approximately 2,800 total registrants, a remarkable 23 percent increase over last year. Growth in the exhibit hall continued again this year. Total revenue for this event between registrations, exhibits, sponsorships, and program ads exceeded budget projections by close to 25 percent.

The 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference reached record level of nearly 12,000 registrants, an impressive 32 percent increase over last year. The exhibit hall reached fully capacity again this year. Total revenue for this event between registrations, exhibits, sponsorships, and program ads also exceeded budget projections by 16 percent. This year our conference featured some special guests the Keynote Address was given by Jeff Bezos, Founder of Blue Origin and Founder & CEO of Amazon. We were also very pleased to have Vice President Mike Pence drop by to wish the Air Force a happy birthday. The continued success of this conference is a testament to the strong relationship between AFA, our Air Force leadership, and our industry supporters.

AFA Breakfast Series

Now in its ninth year, the AFA Breakfast Series continues to bring together Air Force leadership, industry professionals, aerospace experts, congressional members and staffers as well as media to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the U.S. Air Force. The breakfast series moved into its second year with sponsors and generated 87 percent revenue growth compared to the 2017 program.

AFA thanks the following sponsors of the breakfast series: Aurora, Elbit Systems of America, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Harris, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Pratt & Whitney, The Roosevelt Group, and Saab Defense and Security.

image description


Policy proposals for emerging challenges

The Mitchell Institute's fundamental objective is to provide creative, insightful policy options to better empower our nation's leaders. This involves often questioning established doctrine, organizational constructs, and operational concepts, asking whether there is a better way to meet desired goals. For Mitchell’s team this includes daily engagement with the media, congressional members, and staff to reach the wider aerospace community. We do this through a range of interactions from testimonies to the Senate Armed Services Committee to interviews and op-eds in USA Today, the New York Times and other major media outlets.

To learn more visit our website.


Essential national security insight

Mitchell's scholarly research reports and papers aim to inform defense policy leaders and practitioners, experts, government, and the private sector on national defense and aerospace power in the 21st century. Mitchell seeks to champion authors whose work provides innovative, insightful, and effective ideas and solutions which strengthen and enhance aerospace power's vital role in our national defense and securing America's interests. Some of our authors include:

  • Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.)
  • Lt Gen Jeff Harrigian, USAF
  • Lt Gen VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF
  • Maj Gen Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.)
  • Maj Gen Mark Barrett, USAF (Ret.)
  • Maj Gen Roger Burg, USAF (Ret.)
  • Brig Gen Alex Grynkewich, USAF
  • Dr. William LaPlante, Ph.D
  • Dr. James Vedda, Ph.D
  • Lt Col Michael Martindale, USAF, Ph.D

To learn more and download copies of recent studies visit our website here:

image description

Informing & Developing Airminded Talent  

The Mitchell Institute understands that policy and budget decisions are not mechanical bureaucratic functions. Instead, they reflect the experiences and perspectives for a range of participants. Through our events and outreach we seek to engage policy leadership to produce collaborative, and creative solutions to US national security challenges. Key speakers include:

  • Gen David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff
  • Honorable Matt Donovan, Under Secretary of the US Air Force
  • Gen Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Sir Stephen Hillier, Air Chief Marshall, Royal Air Force
  • Lt Gen Mark Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

To learn more and view event footage visit our website here:

Air Force Magazine

With a heritage stretching back to 1918, Air Force Magazine celebrated its centenary in 2018, and launched our second century of editorial excellence with new features and rising digital readership.

Our digital content reached over 800,000 readers in 2018, up 69 percent over the prior year. Total page views rose 29 percent to almost 2 million..

Growth increased especially in the 4th quarter of 2018. Breaking news coverage of damage at Tyndall Air Force Base in the wake of Hurricane Michael and editorial outreach to defense newsletters helped drive up users for the period by 117 percent from the same period a year ago. Total page views were up 66 percent for the period.

Our magazine prints 10 issues annually, including our Air Force Almanac, the complete desktop reference to all-things Air Force. The Almanac includes exhaustive details on bases, budgets, commands, personnel, and weapons. The magazine reaches nearly 100,000 members through print and electronic delivery, and also goes to key offices in the Pentagon, Congress, and domestic and overseas Air Force bases.

Our Daily Report newsletter hits over 92,000 inboxes each day before dawn. With an average daily open rate of 28 percent, it is a daily must read for thousands of leaders and influencers across the Air Force, from Washington to bases and places around the world.

Popular newsletters frequently highlight Air Force Magazine content, including such widely read sources as the Military Times/Defense News Early Bird Brief, the Washington Examiner's Daily on Defense, RealClear Defense's Morning Recon, the Aerospace Industries Association's AIA dailyLEAD, Politico's Morning Defense and Defense One's The D Brief.

Legislative Accomplishments

image description

While the number of Air Force missions increased, the number of its personnel declined by 30 percent and the number of its aircraft declined by 37 percent since the 1991 Gulf War. Matched with insufficient and unpredictable budgets, the Air Force has faced the combined effects of decreased readiness and aging weapons systems and equipment. The Air Force is just too small and too old for what our nation requires of it. Forged against the backdrop of deterrence, readiness, and engagement, the Air Force has been in continuous combat operations for 28 years with a steadily smaller force, which has taken a severe toll on both weapon systems and, more importantly, Airmen and their families.

Advocacy again was chosen by our members as the most important mission of AFA, and we had a very good year influencing and shaping budgets, programs, and policies for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We advocated successfully both single-handedly and with a consortium of Military Service Organizations and Veterans Service Organizations. We were able to help deliver positive legislation and stave off adverse legislation. Through our work in Legislative Updates, op-eds, congressional testimony, Capitol Hill events and other messaging opportunities, we were able to reach more decision makers and influencers on Capitol Hill this past year.

2018 was a very good legislative year for the Air Force and for our members. Congress agreed to increase Budget Control Act spending limits for both fiscal years (FYs) 2018 and 2019. The 2018 budget, albeit late, increased to $700 billion dollars and enabled the Air Force to start fixing its readiness challenges. FY 2019’s defense budget—passed and signed into law earlier than at any time in the past nine years and prior to the start of the fiscal year—rose to $716 billion.

With increased defense budgets, the Air Force has an opportunity to begin its modernization and recapitalization programs. The T-X replacement trainer contract for the T-38 Talon and the UH-1N helicopter replacement program were awarded. Development continues on two important legs of the nuclear TRIAD with research and development accelerated for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Minuteman III replacement and the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon. The cost per tail of the F-35 fighters decreased to pproximately $80 million, and the new KC-46A tanker was on track to be delivered in early 2019.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also saw record budget increases and noteworthy legislation beneficial to our members and to veterans. We helped protect fees from rising in TRICARE, we testified to protect burial and inurnment opportunities for our members and veterans, and we highlighted personnel changes affecting thousands.

FY 2020 will again offer challenges. The 2018 November elections produced a split government in the 116th Congress, 1st Session beginning January 3, 2019. The new majority in the House of Representatives has promised increased oversight and investigations and will offer a new direction in defense. Although the administration directed each federal agency to cut budgets by five percent, the Department of Defense was told to increase its planned budget from $716 billion to $750 billion versus planning for a smaller cut. Some oppose the dramatic increase, so we will ensure that the new members of Congress—with the highest representation veterans in years—understands the needs of the Total Force, its members, families, retirees and veterans.

Airmen for Life

AFA is over 99,000 members strong!

2018 has been a year full of membership initiatives to help increase our total membership and increase the awareness of AFA in the local community. The AFA Membership department teamed up with some of our chapter to host a table at the Air Force Academy ‘Family Fest’ and put on 2 professional development events and 2 civilian events throughout 2018 to recruit new members and share AFA’s mission. We teamed up with AFJROTC to offer 3-year eMemberships to cadets, encouraging them to connect with an organization that will help mold them into future leaders. As AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference continues to grow, so do our recruitment efforts on-site and through the registration process. All of these efforts combined with so many more, resulted in over 12,000 new members in 2018. That’s a 5 percent total increase since 2017!

  • image description

    Membership team working the AFA booth at the 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference 

  • image description

    Lance P. Sijan Chapter signing up new members at the Air Force Academy ‘Family Fest’

Wounded Airman Program

Airmen Taking Care of Airmen

AFA supports our Air Force Wounded Warrior family in a BIG way! At the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, 1,200 Wounded Warriors and family members were able to stop by the AFA Hospitality Tent to grab coffee, cold drinks, snacks, treats for kids and ice cream. In May, AFA hosted the 2018 Wounded Airman Cycling Challenge with over 50 riders in attendance that fundraised more than $34,000 to support our Air Force family. Throughout the year, our Wounded Airman Program hosted over 60 caregivers for “me-time” events that allowed them to rest and connect with other caregivers while receiving resiliency training. We are Airmen Taking Care of Airmen, and we will always take care of our own.

image description
AFA’s Wounded Airman Program Hospitality Tent at the track and field events for the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
image description
AFA staff, strategic partners and friends smile for funds raised at the 2018 Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge (WACC) 
image description
Air Force Wounded Warrior caregivers thank AFA as they enjoy a day of “me-time” activities at the Offutt Warrior CARE event in Omaha, Nebraska
To say we are grateful is an understatement. I am convinced that AFA’s support kept my husband alive and planted hope during one of our lowest points... Carrie Fisher, Air Force Wounded Warrior Caregiver

AFA, thanks to the Air Power Foundation and American Airlines was able to attend Sky Ball XVI in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas. Glenda Leary, and AFA supported Air Force Wounded Warrior Caregiver shared her family’s story and road to recovery with thousands of attendees at the Sky Ball gala. She thanked AFA for being that lifeline that has supported her family through the assistance of our Wounded Airman Program.

image description
Retired Technical Sergeant Joshua Leary, his wife and caregiver, Glenda Leary, their son, Joel Leary and service dog, Hawk at the 2018 American Airlines Sky Ball. 

To Learn more about AFA’s Wounded Airman Program visit


AFA awarded 12 scholarships to our Air Force Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Air Force spouses, dependents, and civilians totaling $42,000!

To Learn more about AFA’s Scholarships visit

Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Our awards programs help us recognize the achievements of those who continue to keep our Air Force strong. AFA’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year Program recognizes 12 outstanding enlisted personnel for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and personal achievements.

image description
The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year are recognized at AFA’s annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference. They receive the Outstanding Airman ribbon with the bronze service star, wear the Outstanding Airman badge for one year, and serve on the Air Force Enlisted Council for one year

Teacher of the Year

AFA’s Teacher of the Year program honored 66 outstanding educators at the local, state, and national level in 2018. Local AFA chapters recognize dedicated educators in their communities who actively ignite the same passion for STEM fields in their students. These exceptional teachers can then be nominated for state and national recognition.

National Teacher of the Year

Beth Leavitt, AFA’s 2018 National Teacher of the Year has been a physical science, chemistry, astronomy, engineering and physics teacher at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC since 1999. She garnered grants totaling $32,000 to conduct enrichment STEM programs. AFA, partnered with Rolls-Royce, awarded Beth at the 2018 National Convention with over 200 Field leaders and guests in attendance.

image description
Teaching students how to learn should be the gift that educators aim to impart. Beth Leavitt, National Teacher of the Year

AFA in Your Community

Our AFA Chapters were fully engaged in 2018, supporting, educating, and advocating in their local communities. With over 200 chapters, AFA’s community presence remains strong and furthers its mission as a grassroots organization.

AFA Tyndall Chapter Champions Local Hurricane Relief Efforts
image description

Where there is a need, AFA is in your community to help! AFA’s Tyndall Chapter participated in the Hurricane Michael Relief effort. Immediately after the hurricane struck, the chapter raised over $8,000 to provide financial aid relief grants for Airmen and their families affected by the storm. In the end, the chapter assisted 219 Air Force families.

AFA Langley Chapter Fundraises for Wounded Airmen
image description
AFA Langley Chapter President, Buster Douglas and medalists at the Wounded Airmen 5K run.

Local AFA support for our wounded, ill and injured Airmen included great support through the 3rd annual Wounded Airmen 5K Run hosted by the AFA Langley Chapter in Virginia. The 1 FW Commander, Col. Jason Hinds and his Command Chief, CMSgt Johnny Harris drove the lead car as fundraisers runners ran down the Langley runway and back up the light line road by the aircraft. The chapter was able to raise over $1,500 for AFA’s Wounded Airman Program.

AFA Ak-Sar-Ben Chapter Supports Local Veterans

Members of the AFA Ak-Sar-Ben chapter continued a long-standing tradition and monthly practice of visiting local VA hospital overnight patients, staff and their visitors. The chapter leaders provided complimentary snacks and beverages, and in December, presented wrapped gifts to each patient.

image description
AFA Ak-Sar-Ben chapter leaders visit Omaha VA hospital patients
image description
Ak-Sar-Ben Chapter marched in the community's local Veteran’s Day Parade representing the Air Force Association proudly.  
AFA Tucson Chapter Contributes to Thanksgiving Dorm Bash
image description
AFA Tucson Chapter contributes to annual Davis-Monthan AFB Thanksgiving Dorm Bash

Every year the Tucson Military Affairs Committee, also known as the MAC, organizes a Thanksgiving Dorm Bash for the dorm residents the week before Thanksgiving. The Dorm Bash feeds almost 500 hungry Airmen and soldiers and takes a lot of food and volunteers to serve. AFA’s Tucson Chapter donated $400 to help supply food and utensils, as well as their time, for the event. A great time was had by all and no one went away hungry.


image description
The National Youth Cyber Education Program

2018 was yet another strong year of performance and growth for AFA’s largest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education initiative, CyberPatriot. AFA volunteers, AFA leadership, educators, administrators, parents, and leaders of youth programs such as Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and JROTC units continue to fuel what is now the world’s largest youth cyber education program.

The eleventh season (2018-19 school year) of CyberPatriot’s main pillar, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, grew to 6,387 teams. AFA CyberCamps, the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative and the Cyber Education Literature Series also continued to grow and expand. CyberPatriot reached a new audience with the launch of the CyberGenerations program, AFA’s Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative.

National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

The flagship program of AFA’s CyberPatriot Program continues to grow and expand. The CP-X National Finals Competition was held in April at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. There the top 28 teams in the All Service, Open, and Middle School Divisions competed for top honors. Mr. Wes Bush, Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corporation, gave the keynote address at the CP-X Awards Banquet where the following teams were declared winners:

  • Open Division National Champions: Team Togo, North Hollywood High School (North Hollywood, CA)
  • All Service Division National Champions: Team Cyber Warriors 0, Troy High School (Navy JROTC, Fullerton, CA)
  • Middle School Division National Champions: Team CyberAegis Cancer Minor, Oak Middle School (San Diego, CA)

The top three teams in the Open and All Service Division were awarded unrestricted educational grants from Northrop Grumman. Each member of a National Championship team in either division received $2,000, each member of the runner-up team received $1,500, and each member of the third place team received $1,000.

AFA CyberCamps

Over a seven-week period in the summer of 2018, 261 AFA CyberCamps were held across the U.S. The camps were featured in both the standard version of the 20-hour curriculum, teaching introductory cybersecurity skills to middle and high school students, as well as a newly released advanced version designed for returning students who crave a more challenging curriculum and who may have previously participated in an AFA CyberCamp. A full list of 2018 CyberCamps can be found here.

Even Younger CyberPatriot Participants

CyberPatriot Programs aimed at the youngest of internet users, AFA’s Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI, pronounced “ess-key”) and the Cyber Education Literature Series continued to be popular. ESCEI teaches students in grades K-6 basic cybersecurity principles, personal information protection, and online safety in an entertaining and engaging game-like format. Over 1,400 ESCEI kits were distributed in 2018 bringing the total distribution for the program since its launch to nearly 7,800.

2018 also saw the production of an activity book to accompany Sarah the Cyber Hero, the first book in the Cyber Education Literature Series. Over 250 copies of Sarah the Cyber Hero were sold or distributed in 2018. The book is available through for purchase online through BookBaby, our publisher, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


In 2018 CyberPatriot launched its newest program, CyberGenerations, the Senior Citizens’ Cyber Safety Initiative. The program was piloted in February at Falcons Landing Military Retirement Community and, based on the feedback received in that workshop, program materials were updated. The program officially launched in December 2018.

The program is designed to be given over five sessions and covers cybersecurity 101, password management, common internet threats, internet scams and fraud and social media safety.

Our Generous Sponsors are Making CyberPatriot Possible

The Northrop Grumman Foundation continues its generous support of AFA’s CyberPatriot program. AFA’s other CyberPatriot sponsors include AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, the US Department of Homeland Security, Air Force Reserve, BNY Mellon, Facebook, Riverside Research, Symantec, the USAA Foundation, the Air Force STEM Office, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, Mastercard, and The University of Maryland University College.

We remain grateful to all our sponsors for their support and continue daily to identify other visionary organizations that share our goal for improving STEM education in our nation.


image description
Peninsula High School "SpaceY"
AFA’s StellarXplorers – Striking a STEM chord, Nationwide

The National High School Space Challenge, the AFA’s newest STEM program, completed its fourth season and began its fifth in 2018. Created to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM, the program uses space system concepts, educational aterials and professional tools to challenge students’ leadership, problem solving and analytic skills to solve real-world problems. All the teams rose to the occasion, grabbing each problem posed, with determination and great success.

StellarXplorers IV culminated in April with the top 10 teams traveling to Colorado for the National Finals. Each of these teams successfully completed four rounds of competition and rose to the top of a field of 180 teams. At the finals, they also toured the Space Symposium Exhibition Hall and visited the United States Air Force Academy. After a full day of competition, plus a scored out-brief to representatives of the Program Office, SAF/AQR and USAFA/ DFAS, we crowned the National Champions:

National Champions: “Tahsin Machine,” Great Mills High School, Great Mills, Maryland Second Place “SpaceY,” Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California Third Place: “Boing” Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California

StellarXplorers V continued to grow in 2018, registering 216 teams, a 20 percent increase over StellarXplorers IV. High school students from 35 states and two overseas locations including Kaiserslautern, Germany and Guam will be represented during the 2018-19 competition season. 58 percent of the teams are involved in Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps JROTC, or Civil Air Patrol squadrons. StellarXplorers also continues to attract a broad, diverse population, which speaks to the program’s ability to attract students from populations that been historically under-represented in STEM fields. In the most recent season, about half of competitors self-identified as minorities, 34 percent were female, and half were from Title 1 schools.

StellarXplorers would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Many thanks to the sponsors of StellarXplorers V: Harris, USAF STEM Program, United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, DynCorp International, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Analytical Graphics, Inc., The Space Foundation, and Coyote Enterprises.

2018 Unaudited Financial Results

AFA & Affliliates

2018 Unaudited Financial Results

Meetings & Events
CyberPatriot Program
Building & Program
Membership Dues
Mitchell Institute
Contributions: Public & Corporate Support
Commissions & Royalities
Investment Income (net of fees)
Wounded Airman Program
Aerospace Education
Product & Service Revenue
Total Revenue 19,361,000
Program Services:
Meetings & Events
Magazine & Publications
Mitchell Institute
Membership & Field Service
Wounded Airman Program
Aerospace Education
Government Relations
Corporate Relations
Veteran Benefits Association
Air Force Memorial
Supporting Services:
General and Administrative
Building Operations
Fundraising Expenses
Total Expenses 18,621,000
Operating Surplus

Note: Unrealized and Realized Gain/Loss from Investments (Loss totaling $2.18m) and Pension (Gain of $165k) are excluded from operations.

  • Revenue pie chart
  • Expenses pie chart

Thunderbird Society

Often referred to as the “best in the air,” the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are respected and revered by many. It is because of this reputation and in its honor that the Air Force Association named its planned giving society the Thunderbird Society. This was established in 2005 to recognize those individuals who invest in the future of the Air Force Association through a living legacy of commitment. These friends have made provisions for planned gifts that include life income arrangements, bequests and provisions in their wills or trusts or life insurance policies in which the association is a beneficiary. For more information on planned giving, please visit

Charter Members Members


Wings Society

We greatly thank the donors who made more than 41,000 donations to the Air Force Association and more than 15,000 donations to the Air Force Memorial Foundation in 2018. To that end, we especially thank our Wings Society members—those who contributed a cumulative amount of $150 or more during the year. Listed on the following pages are the Wings Society members at the Bronze level and above for 2018. Those individuals giving at the Bronze Wings level and above are honored during the Air, Space & Cyber Conference at National Harbor, MD, each year.

  • LEVELS OF INDIVIDUAL GIVING based on cumulative annual donations
  • LEGACY WINGS SOCIETY $15,000 and above
  • DIAMOND WINGS SOCIETY $10,000 to $14,999
  • PLATINUM WINGS SOCIETY $5,000 to $9,999
  • GOLD WINGS SOCIETY $2,500 to $4,999
  • SILVER WINGS SOCIETY $1,000 to $2,499
  • BRONZE WINGS SOCIETY $500 to $999
Legacy Wings Society $15,000+ Diamond Wings Society $10,000 - $14,999 Platinum Wings Society $5,000 - $9,999
Gold Wings Society $2,500 - $4,999 Silver Wings Society $1,000 - $2,499
Bronze Wings Society $500 - $999

In Memory

The Air Force Association is grateful to these donors who made a gift to the association between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 in memory of the following individuals:

In Memory Of Orville A. "Mark" Anthony Maurice Barker Col Marion Charles Becker & Lt Col Francis J. Oles Harvey Raymond Bruce Col Aaron Burgstein Douglas Lorimer Caldwell Willie Chestnut Robert J. Collison SSgt Thomas A. Curtsinger Sigbjorn Eilertsen Louis Emond
Jason Flory Col James L Graham, Jr Col Harold E. Grant Stan Hearn George C. Hitt David "Tex" Hill, AVG Pilot Frederick T. Hotchkiss
Lt Col Henry L James Jr, USAF (Ret.) Col Russell T. Jones Kenneth Kerr, USAF (Ret.) Col Edward J Kinney, USAF (Ret.) John J. Kohl Carmela M Lasner Roy Paul Lein David C. Lustig Jr. Lt Col Charles T. "Chuck" Lucas James Blair Lupiba Barney R. Mares
Raymond E Marcotte Robert Charles Martin Terry L Matley Bertha Louise McCasland Roger Mickey Maj Frank A Neely, Jr., USAF (Ret.) Lt Col Rudy Newman, USAF (Ret.) James C Parry, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.) Lt Gen Donald L. Peterson Ray E Poppe Jack Price Capt Roger Richards, USAF (Ret.) Maj Gen Ray Albert Robinson

In Honor

The Air Force Association is grateful to these donors who made a gift to the association between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 in memory of the following individuals:

In Honor Of Judith & Michael Burgstein Charles Clemens Mrs. Erma Cooke and the late Dr. George H. Dorion Col. James Hannam (Ret.) Gen James L. Jamerson, USAF (Ret.) Roy Carl Johnson Major General and Mrs. Mike and Ann Kerby Walter Kobert Lt Col Andrew B. Krebs Pete & Jan Lind
Mr & Mrs. Willis Hunter Partee Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Perot, Jr. Raymond Arthur Smith, Jr. Terry Styner Lt Col Ron & Barb Talbot Robert Peter Turk, MD US Military Veterans, Living and Deceased

(We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the names; however, should a mistake have been made, we apologize and ask that you let us know so we can correct the data.)

Corporate Membership

Since its founding in 1946, the Air Force Association has worked with the private sector and the U.S. Air Force in common cause to assure the United States has the best people, equipment, and systems. Our Air Force is the most respected air force in the world. The Air Force Association Corporate Membership Program brings together industry and the Air Force to foster innovation and collaboration to meet the challenges and threats of today and tomorrow.

The AFA Corporate Membership Program experienced a 34 percent growth rate in 2018. The program continues to bring value to our corporate members and to grow in scope and revenue.

2018 Corporate Members
  • Activu
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Aerospace QRD MRO
  • Air Force Enlisted Village*
  • Air Force Times & Defense News
  • Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
  • Alaska Structures
  • American Hearing Benefits
  • Analytical Graphics Inc
  • Applied Insight
  • Arconic
  • AT&T
  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • BAE Systems
  • Battelle
  • Belcan
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Blue Skies of Texas**
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations
  • Bombardier
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • C3
  • CACI
  • CAE
  • Cisco
  • Clear-Com
  • Cobham
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Consortium Management Group
  • Cubic Global Defense
  • Cypress International
  • Dataminr
  • Decision Lens
  • Dedrone
  • Deloitte
  • DESIGNinteractive
  • Draken International
  • DynCorp International
  • Elbit Systems Of America
  • Ellis & Watts
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Engility Corporation
  • FLIR Systems
  • Fluor
  • ForeFlight
  • Fortem Technologies
  • Garmin
  • GE Aviation
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • General Dynamics
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Harris Corporation
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Hydrazine Neutralizing Solutions, Inc
  • IAI North America, Inc.
  • IAP Worldwide Services Inc
  • Insitu
  • Integrated Communications Systems Group
  • IntelliSense Systems
  • James G. Elliott Company
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • KBRwyle
  • Klas Telecom Government
  • Kongsberg
  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc.
  • L3 Technologies
  • Leidos
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MAG DS Corp.
  • Marietta Nondestructive Testing, LLC
  • MarkLogic
  • Marotta Controls
  • Martin-Baker Aircraft Co
  • Marvin Test Solutions
  • MaxVision, Rugged Portable Computers LLC
  • MBDA
  • Meggitt Defense Systems
  • Mercer Consumer
  • Mercury Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Moog, Inc.
  • MorganFranklin Consulting
  • Nammo Energetics Indian Head Inc.
  • NavCom Defense Electronics
  • NeoMetrix Technologies, Inc.
  • No Magic, Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Omega Air Inc
  • Owl Cyber Defense Solutions LLC
  • PAE
  • Paramount Group
  • Parker Aerospace
  • PatchPlus Consulting, Inc.
  • Physical Optics Corporation
  • Polaris Alpha
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Projects Unlimited
  • Quality Circuits, Inc.
  • Raytheon Company
  • RGB Spectrum
  • RJ Logistics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Rolls-Royce North America
  • Rugged Science, LLC
  • S3 International LLC
  • SAAB North America, Inc.
  • SAIC
  • SES Government Solutions
  • Siemens
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Software Engineering Institute CMU
  • Space Dynamics Laboratory
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • SRC, Inc.
  • Stäubli Electrical Connectors, Inc.
  • Tactical Air Support Inc. (TacAir)
  • Terma North America
  • Thales
  • Thinklogical LLC
  • Top Aces Corp.
  • Trijicon, Inc.
  • Triple M Worldwide Solutions, LLC
  • Triumph Group, Inc.
  • TSS Solutions
  • University of Louisville
  • USAA
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Veterans United Home Loans
  • ViaSat
  • Waldorf University
  • ZMicro

* AFA also enjoys a strategic partnership with the Air Force Enlisted Village in Shalimar, FL. Conveniently located near Eglin AFB, this community provides independent living, assisted living, and memory care residences.

** AFA is excited to announce Blue Skies of Texas (Formerly called Air Force Village), San Antonio, TX as our preferred Senior Living and Life Plan Community. For almost 50 years, Blue Skies has been the retirement community of choice for many military officers.

  • air force association corporate membership program
    image description
    image description
    image description

Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • AECOM Built to deliver a better world
  • AGI
  • air warrior courage foundation
  • AT&T
  • Aurora
  • Aviall-A Boeing Company
  • BAE Systems
  • Battelle
  • Bombardier
  • Boeing
  • Bronco 2
  • C-Ink
  • caci
  • CAE
  • Draken
  • Embraer
  • Freeman
  • GE Aviation
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris
  • Insitu
  • James G. Elliott
  • Jane's
  • Jappesen
  • Kratos
  • L3 Technologies
  • Leidos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Martin Baker
  • Marvin Test Solutions
  • Mercer
  • NTP Events
  • Noblis
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pragmatics
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Rolls-Royce
  • The Roosevelt Group
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Space News
  • Stoladi
  • Synaptek
  • Technica
  • Textron Aviation Defense
  • University of Maryland-University College