From the AFA President


AFA Members, Airmen and Families:

This year’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference was one to remember. More than 12,000 registrants flooded the exhibit hall and jammed the aisles during standing-room-only talks from a Who’s Who of Air Force leaders. Among the highlights: Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave “Fingers” Goldfein explaining exactly what Multi-Domain Operations really means in a warfighting context. “Victory in future combat will depend less on individual capabilities and more on the integrated strengths of a connected network available for coalition leaders to employ,” Goldfein said. If you haven’t seen or heard the chief explain MDO, you still can. Watch this must-see video here.

Another highlight was the moment Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan officially named the T-X advanced trainer. The T-7A “Red Hawk” is named in honor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and the distinctive red-tail color scheme created during WWII by Lt. Col. Robert Friend, a Tuskegee Airman who passed away earlier this year at the age of 99. Secretary Donovan honored him and three surviving Tuskegee airmen at the unveiling. One would have to have a heart of stone to not be moved at that moment. If you missed it — or maybe want to relive it — you can watch it here.

During the conference we celebrated the Air Force’s 72nd birthday and watched wistfully as former Air Force Secretary Whit Peters passed the gavel as our Chairman of the Board to a worthy successor. Secretary Peters’ exceptional leadership substantially reinvigorated our board leadership with the addition of new, high-profile “Air Force ambassadors” from government and industry, helped improve our Air Force Association’s financial footing, and contributed mightily to the expansion of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, which under the direction of its dean, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dave Deptula, has become the preeminent independent voice for air power studies in the United States. I join every one of AFA’s 97,000 members in thanking and saluting the great work and extraordinary leadership Whit Peters provided to our Air Force and our Air Force Association over the past quarter century. 

As we look forward to the coming months and years, we are blessed to have the leadership of our new Chairman of the Board. Gerald Murray, the 14th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, was elected Chairman by the delegates at AFA’s annual Convention, which preceded the conference. Gerald has led AFA from Chapter level to membership on the Board of Directors and now brings both extraordinary Air Force experience as well as extensive industry experience to his new role. We are fortunate to have leaders like Gerald willing to serve in a volunteer capacity to help lead our efforts to educate, advocate and support Airmen and families the world over.

In closing, our Air, Space and Cyber Conference included a poignant reminder of who we are as Airmen for Life. The song, “We Remember” is offered here as it reminded me once again that our Air Force and Air Force Association will always be founded on the bonds of serving together in the higher calling of defending America. 

Wherever you are, whatever you do, you, too, have much to offer. The mission of our U.S. Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. 

Join the Fight!

Bruce “Orville” Wright

New Study/Website

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the release of a new study, Restoring America’s Military Competitiveness: Mosaic Warfare; and a new information resource website highlighting the importaqnce of Aerospace Power for the 21st Century.

Registration Deadlines Approaching for CyberPatriot XII and StellarXplorers VI 

Registration for the 2019-2020 CyberPatriot XII National Youth Cyber Defense Competition closes Oct 2. Register your team or sign up as a coach, mentor, or a volunteer today. The competition aims to inspire high school and middle school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity and other STEM disciplines critical to our nation’s future. Learn more about CyberPatriot. 

Registration for the 2019-2020 StellarXplorers VI National High School Space Challenge Competition closes on Oct. 5. Register your team today. The competition is a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft and payload focus. Learn more about StellarXplorers.

Aerospace Education Program Updates

AFA is now accepting applications for our 2020 Educator Grants through Dec. 15. Educator Grants provide schools with funding for innovative projects that both educate and encourage students to pursue science fields. To learn more and to apply, please visit here.



Eat Good Do Good

AFA’s Wounded Airman Program has started a new initiative to support wounded Airmen and their families – “Eat Good Do Good.” The campaign goal is to partner with restaurants that donate percentage of proceeds from dining orders to our wounded heroes. If AFA Members have tips on how to organize an Eat Good Do Good fundraiser in their local community, or having their next chapter meeting at the location of an Eat Good Do Good event, please contact


Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Give Back

Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings have started a Joint Fundraising Project. Your generosity will help a partnership with the Air Force Association that began nearly 70 years ago and that today includes nearly 100,000 AFA members devoted to the mission of “Educate, Advocate, and Support” on behalf of our Air Force at every level. Donations can be made at



AFA’s Veterans for Hire Jobs Board

AFA is proud to announce DynCorp International as the presenting sponsor of AFA’s Air Force Veterans for Hire job posting, hunting, and training site. Established in 2013, this site offers a complete suite of tools for veterans, students, cadets, and/or former government service employees seeking a job, and for companies seeking to hire them. Get started today!