Roanoke Chapter 285 of the Air Force Association is one of about 200 chapters nationwide that support the mission and goals of the Air Force Association. Established in the early 1970s, the chapter represents more than 300 members in an area bounded by Blacksburg in the south, Lexington in the north, Lynchburg to the NE and Danville to the SE. Membership is open to all. There is no requirement to have served in the military. If you support the US Air Force, aerospace power, and/or Aerospace and STEM Education, we invite you to join us. Go to www.afa.org. Choose Roanoke 285 as your preferred chapter affiliation.
The Air Force Association is the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family. We connect service members, and the total Air Force family, through professional development, unique programs, and support initiatives before, during, and beyond their time in uniform.
- Thought Leadership
- Professional Development
The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA holds national symposia, publishes Air Force Magazine, and disseminates information through outreach programs. It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. AFA presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.
The Air Force Association mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:
- EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
- ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
- SUPPORT the total Air Force family, and promote aerospace education.
AFA is led by volunteer leaders at the national, state and local levels. AFA's state organizations and more than 200 chapters hold elections and conduct programs to increase public understanding of key national security issues in their communities. Programs range from luncheon and dinner activities to symposia and legislative roundtables with Congressional leaders.
National officers and directors are elected by convention delegates attending the national convention each September. Delegates are chosen at the state and chapter levels to represent AFA's varied membership and vote on AFA policies. When finally adopted at the convention, AFA policy takes the form of an overall "Statement of Policy" and "Top Issues."
The Air Force Association is an IRS Code 501(c)(3) organization. Chapter and State organizations subordinate to AFA are recognized under IRS Exemption Number (GEN) 5392. Contributions to AFA and subordinates are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes (see IRS Letter, 24 September 2009).