From the AFA President

 

 
 

Dear AFA Leaders and Partners,

AFA Members, Airmen, and Families,

“Unprecedented” is a word we’ve heard too much lately, but there’s no question that it applies today and to the months ahead. We’re living history. Are we paying attention? COVID-19 challenges our health, the global economy, and our everyday lives. But, as I keep sharing with all who might listen: We should not be looking for problems. We should instead be seizing opportunities – and making the most of them.

We’re all-in on working out the details for a ground-breaking, record-setting, eye-popping virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference. We’ll have live presentations from the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Air Force, the Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force and Space Forces, the top enlisted advisors, and a host of influential generals, civilians, and industry leaders. There are more than a few surprises in store.

As necessity is the mother of invention, COVID-19 has sparked a thousand ideas – sparks of light that will illuminate the most intriguing and engaging virtual conference of the year. We’ll have a virtual exhibit hall, the ability to schedule meetings with vendors, live and on-demand sessions, opportunities to meet the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, and fun ways to track your progress and connect on social media. Register now and join us for this first-of-its-kind event for Airmen, Space Professionals, and aerospace experts.

We are also re-imagining our National Convention for Air Force Association Field Leaders. This too will be virtual, presenting a new opportunity to open our minds and imaginations to what the future can bring. AFA 20/20: A Celebration of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going will bring together AFA volunteer Field leaders from around the world to hear from motivational speakers, participate in learning labs, and join other sessions designed to strengthen chapters and focus on the future. Developed by past and present AFA Emerging Leaders, this event is free and open to all AFA members. Register here.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that all this is possible only because of incredible efforts – from our AFA professional staff in Northern Virginia and across our worldwide volunteer leadership. We are in a complex and competitive non-profit operating environment, and yet we see opportunity on every horizon. The Doolittle Leadership Center staff and our Field leaders around the country are laser-focused on revenue generation and membership growth as we, together, forge new partnerships and motivate new thinking to create and sustain important programs. In a few weeks, we will formally dedicate the General James H. Doolittle Leadership Center in Arlington, Va., as a valuable collaboration nexus linking our AFA volunteer leaders and members, Airmen, Space Professionals, industry, and academia. We are excited and energized about an entirely new way of enabling our incredible and selfless volunteer leadership to further strengthen AFA’s ability to accomplish our historic and increasingly important mission–supporting our courageous Air and Space forces.

Got other ideas and opportunities to share? I want to hear them. Let’s seize the opportunities – and remain, as the new Space Force’s motto says – Semper Supra – always above.
bwright@afa.org 
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