AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill

Our recently updated AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill has been a great success. Each event has sold out, and the program’s mission to facilitate communication between Air Force leaders and industry, Airmen, government and the media is ensuring the Air Force voice is heard. In July, AFA was honored to host two distinguished speakers as a part of the series.

First, we heard from General Mike Holmes, Commander, Air Combat Command on July 11. Gen Holmes assured attendees that ACC would point their efforts toward three main areas focusing on rebuilding readiness, building leaders, and bringing the future faster. In order to fulfill this vision, ACC needs help from outside the US Air Force to overcome obstacles in their path. The issues include; a lack of a predictable budget that also gives Air Force leadership the spending flexibility to fit mission requirements, a severe congestion of the security clearance pipeline which has been barring Airmen from being able to work in the field which they were trained, and an absence of jurisdiction to handle incidents involving small unmanned aerial system and to adequately protect the Air Force’s assets. Read the full recap of Gen Holmes’ breakfast in AFA’s Air Force Magazine.

On July 26, AFA hosted General Dave Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Gen Goldfein spoke before another sold-out audience on his priorities as Chief, again focusing on readiness, advancing technology and ensuring the Air Force is prepared for the future. Gen Goldfein proudly stated that the United States’ “greatest strategic and asymmetric advantage” are our alliances, which is something US adversaries lack. When asked to comment on Congress’ proposed Space Corps, Gen Goldfein noted that both the Air Force and Congress all want to reach the same goal – to maintain dominance in air and space – but simply need to evaluate the best way to do so. Read more about Gen Goldfein’s breakfast in AFA’s Air Force Magazine.

Upcoming Breakfast Series

We hope you will join us for the next AFA Breakfast Series on Capitol Hill on October 18, 2017 with General Lori Robinson, Commander, USNORTHCOM and General Darren McDew, Commander, USTRANSCOM in November (date to be determined).  

In the meantime, we encourage you to attend Mitchell Institute’s Breakfast Series. Click below for more information on the Strategic Deterrence Breakfast Series and the Space Breakfast Series.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

A special thank you to our AFA Breakfast Series sponsors: Aurora Flight Sciences, General Dynamics, Harris Corp., Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Pratt & Whitney, The Roosevelt Group and SAAB.

The Breakfast Series is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to meet, greet and listen to senior Air Force decision makers. Unique sponsorship opportunities are available for these events. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Fred Ullman at fullman@afa.org or 703-247-5842.

Meet AFA's Summer Interns

Over the course of the summer, four interns are joining AFA Staff at the headquarters office in Arlington, VA. The interns are all members of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings and are also AFA members. Ranging from Air Force ROTC cadets to newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants, these bright individuals will be working with AFA's Executive Office, Communications, Government Relations and CyberPatriot departments to develop new programs and initiatives to further improve your Air Force Association. 

Savannah Wheat

In May, I earned a B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Global Cultures from Auburn University and commissioned through Air Force ROTC, Detachment 005, into the U.S. Air Force. This Fall I will report to Minot Air Force Base, Minot, ND to begin my journey as a Missile and Munitions Maintenance Officer. For the past 5 years, I have been a member of the Arnold Air Society (AAS) and credit the organization and our sister organization, Silver Wings (SW), with providing the most incredible memories, experiences, learning opportunities, and friendships of my life so far. I am grateful to AAS and SW for allowing me to intern for an organization I am passionate about. This summer at AFA HQ will be filled with great experiences and knowledge to bring back to my local AFA Chapter and through my career. It has been an adventure living in my favorite city (Especially being able to enjoy Independence Day in our nation’s capital!) and I cannot wait until I am able to continue my Air Force adventures in Minot!     

Johnathan Slife

This fall I'll be starting my junior year at Yale University. I'm a Mechanical Engineering and Political Science double major, and involved in Air Force ROTC on campus. After graduation, I hope to commission as a pilot. Although I am not sure yet what I would like to fly, I have recently been looking more at the F-35 and V-22 and think both of those would be great choices. Working at AFA’s headquarters has been a blast, and the part that has made my experience so far has been the people. Everyone is excited to work with us and show us the behind the scenes work that goes into making AFA run smoothly. I look forward to bringing back what I have learned here to my ROTC detachment.

Olivia Jarvis

This fall I will return to Samford University to begin my junior year as an Economics and Finance major and Professional Officer Candidate in the Air Force ROTC cadet wing. When I’m not studying or marching, I enjoy getting outdoors to hike or backpack with friends. After graduation, I hope to commission as an Acquisitions Officer in the U.S. Air Force. I am incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to intern at the AFA. In my time here so far, I have had wonderful supervisors that have allowed me to sit-in on numerous important meetings and have aimed to give me purposeful tasks. These experiences have helped me grow personally, professionally, and as a leader, as well as opened my eyes to all the AFA does for our Air Force. In addition, learning to live in the D.C. area has been quite the adventure!

Trent Briscoe

In May 2017, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree and commissioned into the Air Force via ROTC. After the internship ends, I will be reporting to NAS Pensacola, FL and ‘suffering through the long winters’ there for Combat Systems Officer training. Outside of working for the Air Force Association, I genuinely enjoy traveling and exploring new places, which makes this adventure to DC all the more fun! I have had the unique opportunity to interact with some amazing people inside AFA HQ and at the various breakfasts that AFA hosts. I have also had the chance to witness AFA actively advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon for our Airmen on a daily basis.

AFA Wants Your Feedback on AAFES

We Want Your Feedback on AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service)

AFA is a member of the Exchange Retiree Advisory Council, and their annual council meeting will be held on August 23, 2017. AFA serves as an advocate of the Exchange and the exchange benefit to the military community. We welcome your feedback or suggestions in our preparation for this meeting. Please contact Keith Zuegel, Senior Director of Government Relations at grl@afa.org. 

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