Friday, May 11, 2012

Note From AFA President -- Mil and Mil Spouse Appreciation

AFA members, this month is National Military Appreciation Month. Last year the House introduced Concurrent Resolution No. 328 in November. The Senate agreed to it without amendment and by unanimous consent April 26.

The resolution states that the House, with the Senate concurring, "supports the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month." It also "urges the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, localities, organizations and media to annually observe" the month "with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Finally, the resolution urges the White House Commission on Remembrance to "work to support the goals and objectives" of the month.

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month "in a symbol of unity, … to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace."

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. All of us who have served know of the sacrifices of our spouses – frequent moves, job and school changes, deployments, and many, many others. In my case the car always broke down the day I left on a deployment … and/or my children got into trouble at school … and/or the rent check bounced, etc etc.

If you would like to pay a tribute to your favorite military spouse, you can send us your story and we will post it on our AFA Facebook page. We can include photos also. Send your tribute to:

And … if you wish, you can make a donation in honor of your favorite military spouse at:

For your consideration.


Michael M. Dunn

Air Force Association

"The only thing more expensive than a first-rate Air Force is … a second-rate Air Force." -- Senate staff member

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

General Dunn--best wishes to you, but you need to get out more. Anyone who follows program costs knows that "fly away" dollars are only a fraction (in the F22's case a minor fraction) of the total outlays the AF makes to produce one plane. You gotta count and allocate to each plane the R&D and all the pre-mfg costs up to just prior to the start of the build. Therefore, the cost-effectiveness of the plane is greatly diminished. And you should consider carefully whether you want to continue blaming the dead pilot for the crash. He served honorably, but is no match (especially now) for the might institutions that want the plane at any cost. The AF has the world's greatest air combat experts, but, with each sorry program, the worst stewards of the warfighter's and taxpayer's funds when making acquisitions. You could help the AFA's standing and credibility to be more balanced in your comments on this aircraft. Please open the lens some more, and keep up the good work. Thank you