AFSA at LA County Airshow
November 19, 2015: Staff Sgt. Michael Burd, president of Chapter 1328, Edwards AFB, Calif., talks with a local television personality about AFSA. Watch the video here.
Senators Introduce Amendment to NDAA to Protect Military Commissaries.
June 10, 2015: AFSA is listed as an advocate for protecting commissaries in a press release by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.). Read more here.
AFSA in the News
AFSA members among group of volunteers placing flags at gravesites of U.S. military veterans for Memorial Day
May 27, 2015: More than 200 Airmen and family members from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. volunteered to place U.S. flags on the gravesite of U.S. military veterans at two different cemeteries in the city of Grand Forks, N.D., on May 22, 2015.
Read the full story here.
AFSA happenings for Memorial Day Weekend
May 22, 2015: The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 25 at Arlington National Cemetery. Often lumped together with Veterans Day due to similar demographics as well as public perceptions, it is important to keep this one fact in mind: Veterans Day is meant to recognize those veterans who have returned to us; Memorial Day is meant for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Read the full story here.
AFSA attends Elizabeth Dole Foundation event paying tribute to military caregivers
May 20, 2015: Former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and more joined together to honor the courage and sacrifices made by caregivers of wounded servicemembers May 20 at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit...
Read full story here.
Chapter 444 honors Memorial Day with service events
May 19, 2015: To help celebrate Memorial Day in the Alabama River Region, members of the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Sergeants Association will provide two opportunities for the local community to participate in Memorial Day events.
On May 23, a bus will depart from the 42nd Air Base Wing headquarters building on Maxwell at 7:30 a.m. to take community members to the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama. The program includes opening statements about Memorial Day and the placement of 3,500 miniature flags on gravesites of the veterans buried in the cemetery.
Read the entire article here.
AF foots the bill for credentials that ready you for industry jobs
May 4, 2015: The Air Force is going to make it easier for you to get a good job when you become a civilian again.
For thousands of airmen, a professional certification can be the difference between a lucrative post-Air Force career and unemployment.
Read the entire article by Stephen Losey, Air Force Times, here.
Individual and Collective Advocacy - AFSA's role in The Military Coalition
April 23, 2015: As we visit chapters and discuss the power of membership, the topic of AFSA’s participation in The Military Coalition (TMC) often comes up. As an individual Association, our current membership strength is over 100,000 members. However the combined membership of the 32 associations that comprise TMC is about 5.5 million. Some have asked, “Since the TMC is powerful due to its collective size, why don’t all of the TMC associations just incorporate into one giant association?”
Read the entire blog written by AFSA's Director of Military and Government Relations Morgan Brown.
Doolittle Raiders awarded Congressional Gold Medal
April 16, 2015: Almost 73 years ago, 80 brave Airmen were tasked with a daring mission: carry out the first bombing of Japan's mainland in retaliation to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Flash forward to 2015 -- where now hundreds of distinguished guests, high-ranking military officials, members of Congress and more packed the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall to witness the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday for their heroic acts on April 18, 1942.
Read the full story, and see images from the event here
AFSA Chapter 258 gives back to community
April 13, 2015: Airmen from the 177th Fighter Wing worked an off-day Monday, volunteering their time to clean up the community.
They participated in the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) roadside cleanup event picking up debris along a section of Tilton Road outside the base’s main gate in Egg Harbor Township.
Read more about this AFSA chapter's act of community service here
AFSA says farewell to CMSAF #9 James C. Binnicker
March 21, 2015: Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker, the ninth CMSAF, died March 21st at the age of 76. The well-loved and admired chief was an active member and supporter of AFSA, and his regular attendance at the annual AFSA Professional Airmen’s Conference was a highlight of the event each year.
Read Chief Binnicker's Complete Obituary Here
AFSA chapter president at Kirtland AFB seeks members
Feb. 24, 2015: "We want Airmen to join. We need them to join," said Master Sgt. Benito Rodriguez, chapter president at Kirtland Air Force Base. "That's the only way we can make progress on Capitol Hill. The more people you have in your association, the stronger your voice." Read the full story on the importance of AFSA here.
AFSA Testifies on Proposed Military Retirement Changes
Feb. 11, 2015: Robert L. Frank, AFSA CEO, along with other leadership from The Military Coalition testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Personnel about the changes to the military retirement system proposed in the report by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Read the written and oral testimony and view the video here.
Commission Report on Military Compensation, Retirement Released
Jan. 29, 2015: An independent commission created two years ago by lawmakers to come up with recommendations for overhauling military pay and compensation programs released its report today, setting the stage for possible changes to military pay, benefits, retirement and healthcare. Read about 15 of the recommendations here.
Senate votes unanimously to pass Clay Hunt SAV Act
Feb. 3, 2015: A bill introduced to help prevent suicide by U.S. military veterans passed in the Senate Tuesday with a unanimous vote of 99-0. Read more about the Act here.
Vet Suicide Bill on the Move
Jan. 29, 2015: In the first month of the 114th Congress the U.S. House of Representatives picked up where it left off on the Clay Hunt Act. Formally titled the “Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act,'' H.R.203 was introduced by Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) on Jan. 7 and passed just five days later on Jan. 12 by a vote of 403-0. Now its companion bill S.167 introduced by Sen John McCain (R-AZ) awaits action in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee before a floor vote can occur. Read more here.
Health Care Coverage and Taxes
Jan. 2015: For the first time since the inception of the Affordable Care Act in 2012, U.S. citizens will be required to self-attest that they possess qualifying minimum health coverage on their 2014 tax forms. Read more about how to do so here.
NDAA Reopens Pay Gap
Dec. 2, 2014: Reports on the Fiscal Year ‘15 National Defense Authorization Act Conference are beginning to emerge, and it appears that military members will see a 1 percent pay raise, a 1 percent decrease in future housing allowance, and no immediate changes to the Commissaries. Read more here: NDAA Re-Opens Pay Gap
AFSA Challenges Congress on NDAA
Nov. 24, 2014: Negotiations between the House and Senate on the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act came to a standstill shortly before the Thanksgiving Recess when disagreement arose whether to include a number of personnel-related benefits cuts in the compromise bill. Read more here: NDAA News Release
AFSA's Brown selected to Co-Chair TMC
Nov. 6, 2014: Morgan Brown of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) was elected as Co-Chair of The Military Coalition (TMC) at its monthly meeting Nov. 5. Read more here: Brown Co-Chair of TMC News Release