Thursday, April 18, 2013

AFA Honors the Anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders Bombing Mission on Japan

The Air Force Association salutes the brave men of the Doolittle Raiders on the anniversary of their mission to bomb Japan. On this day in 1942, 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers, led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, struck Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya and Yokohama. "Doolittle's Raid", named after then- Lt. Col James H. Doolittle, inflicted little physical damage to Japan, but it gave a needed lift to morale in the U.S.

The bombers took off from the USS Hornet hours before their scheduled time due to being spotted by a Japanese trawler, even though they knew they may not have enough fuel to reach auxiliary fields in China after their bombing raid. In Japan, the psychological damage of the attack was more important, and caused the Japanese to extend its defensive perimeter.

In 2009 AFA saluted the Doolittle Raiders were honored with an AFA Lifetime Achievement Award at the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition. This video tells the heroic tale of these heroic Airmen:

Retired Maj. Thomas Griffin and retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Doolittle Raiders. Major Griffin was a navigator on B-25 No. 9 during the April 1942 raid, and Colonel Cole was Gen. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot for the mission.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A 'Thank You' from One of AFA's CAP Educator Grant Recipients

We recently received a beautiful thank you note from one of AFA’s Spring 2013 Civil Air Patrol Educator Grant recipients, Joan Soldano of Saxton Middle School in Patchogue, New York. AFA’s Civil Air Patrol Educator Grants are provided to help fund classroom activities or materials that benefit an entire group of students. These grants provide students with the opportunities to learn traditional curriculum in creative ways. Saxton Middle School’s program, “Moon, Mars, and Beyond”, is one example of an inspirational initiative that excites students about the topics of science, math, engineering, and technology.

This letter highlights an important aspect of the mission of the Air Force Association, which is to advocate for STEM and aerospace educational opportunities. Thank you to our donors who help us fund our education grants and scholarships. For more information on AFA’s awards, scholarships, and grants please visit:

April 16, 2013
National Aerospace Awards
Air Force Association
1501 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209

Dear AFA,

On behalf of myself and the thirty students who are involved every Wednesday afternoon in Saxton Middle School’s Space Club, I would like to thank you for donating to the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education Programs. It is with your support that my students will be participating in the e-Missions Program entitled, “Moon, Mars and Beyond.”

Moon, Mars and Beyond is an innovative way to engage students in the power of math and science in real world situations. On May 15th, my sixth grade students will connect live with a flight director at the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. With the help of computers, the Internet, and videoconferencing equipment, the students will interact with Earth Mission Control to learn where a lost ship has been reported over the last five days, how far it might be to the ship’s location, and whether the supplies for the trip to Mars can support a rescue Mission. Throughout the problem-solving process, students will apply math and reading skills to solar system science. The implementation of this program will allow for a truly interactive and effective use of technology in the classroom with a focus on aeronautics.

It is imperative educators provide authentic learning situations to excite students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to compete globally in these fields of study. With your financial help, educators like myself are able to do just that.

Thank you, again, for your donations to the Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Education Programs.

Sincerely yours,

Joan Soldano
Saxton Middle School

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013 Air Force Association Cycling Classic

AFA Partners with Arlington Sports for the 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Classic Held in June to Benefit the AFA Wounded Airman Program

The Air Force Association will partner with Arlington Sports to host the annual 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Class on June 8-9 in Arlington, Va. The AFA Wounded Airman Program will be the sole official beneficiary and will receive a portion of the funds raised from the event.

“The Air Force Association is very pleased to serve as the event partner for this year’s Cycling Classic,” said Craig McKinley, AFA President. “This is a great opportunity to support our wounded Airmen who have served and sacrificed on behalf of our country. AFA strives to honor their service and to provide both emotional and financial support as they continue on the road to recovery. We hope to create an environment of comfort and community for our dedicated Airmen where they are able to reintegrate back to life at home.”

“The Air Force Association is proud to establish this new partnership with Arlington Sports, Inc. to join forces to support the local cycling community and our Airmen who become injured while serving our country,” said George Muellner, AFA Chairman of the Board. “We owe it to the men and women of the Air Force to take care of them when they return home in need of special assistance, and AFA’s Wounded Airman Program helps fulfill that duty.”

Registration for the 2013 Air Force Association Cycling Classic is now open and available

Arlington Sports, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion and development of professional and amateur cycling and is proud to use their events as a means to help various causes. More than 1,700 riders participated in last year’s two-day event, and it had more than 55 individual and corporate fundraisers.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Launch of Air Force Magazine's new website

From the editor: 

We're proud to present Air Force Magazine's new website, designed to provide a more user friendly and interactive experience. We've adopted a three-column format. In the center Daily Report column, we've added social media options, more easy access to individual entries, and the ability for readers to comment on specific entries. In the upper left-hand column, one finds a new electronic version of the magazine's monthly print edition that offers, for the first time, the complete issue in a single file, but still allows one to access and print articles individually. The upper right-hand column features our In More Depth articles, our online-first, more-extensive coverage of topics highlighted in the Daily Report. 

The website also features each month's Airpower Classics entry from the print magazine as well as a new section for Air Force accident investigation reports. The website retains the sections on Air Frame photos, Data Points, Air Force congressional testimony, Air Force documents, Defense Writers Group transcripts, and selections from the Air Force Magazine archive. The website also features the magazine's new banner. Please note, too, the new website address: