Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Assn.
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This page provides details about AFPAAA sponsored activities
AFPAAA is committed to preserving the heritage and professionalism of the Public Affairs, Multimedia, Band and Broadcasting specialties in the U.S. Air Force. We are also committed to helping members transition into new jobs and, of course, maintaining contact with friends and co-workers.  We accomplish these goals in a number of ways ...

Active Force Support

Our primary focus is helping the active force in whatever way we can. That is why we ...

  • Present every USAF DINFOS Graduate with a PA Career Field Badge.
  • Sponsor the "Best of the Best" award for the top performer in USAF Public Affairs; 
  • Assist junior enlisted, civilian and officer personnel with financial grants to attain Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) or IABC accreditation. 
  • Offer mentoring and other behind-the-scenes support when asked. 
  • Provide speakers, panelists and judges for USAF competitions when asked.
Oral History Project

To help preserve our heritage, the AFPAAA Oral History Program accumulates and preserves first-person historical accounts of Air Force, national and international public affairs events and activities. This is an on-going project. For more information go to: HISTORY

Jobs and Transition Support

AFPAAA also offers assistance to members seeking employment by offering ...

  • Helpful suggestions about career changes gleaned from member's real life experiences in the "Tips for Transition" booklet available at: TIPS.
  • A listing of available PA jobs can be accessed at JOBS
  • And finally, an extensive compendium of employment marketing techniques, "So You're Looking for Another Job" authored by AFPAAA member Charlie Brown (who's post-AF career has been as a corporate head hunter and career counselor). Go to: JOBSEARCH
Annual Reunion & Membership Meeting

Another major activity of the Association is our annual membership meeting. For details on the dates and location of our next get together go to MEETING

In addition to renewing friendships and making new ones, at least one day is dedicated to briefings and tours of active duty installations, major contractor facilities and museums. These "re-bluing sessions" help us keep up with the changing capabilities and evolving missions of today's Air Force.

Annual Reunion Locations:

2020 -TBD   2019 -Charleston, SC   2018 -San Diego, CA
2017 -Destin, FL   2016 -Colorado Springs, CO   2015 -Washington, DC
2014 -San Antonio, TX   2013 -Las Vegas, NV   2012 -St Louis, MO
2011 -Fairfield, CA   2010 -Orlando, FL   2009 -Dayton, OH
2008 -San Antonio, TX   2007 -Colorado Springs, CO   2006 -Baltimore, MD
2005 -Tacoma, WA   2004 -Destin, FL   2003 -Las Vegas, NV
2002 -San Antonio, TX   2001 -Alexandria, VA   2000 -Long Beach, CA
1999 -Satellite Beach, FL   1998 -Dayton, OH   1997 -Las Vegas, NV
1996 -Hampton, VA   1995 -Colorado Springs, CO   1994 -San Antonio, TX


We recognize individuals - members or not - for unique or trail blazing PA accomplishments as "public affairs pioneers" through our annual President's Award program.

We recognize members who have provided extraordinary service to the Association with our highest honor, the Mike McRaney Distinguished Service Award.

In cooperation with SAF/PA we sponsor the annual Best of the Best Award program which recognizes one outstanding individual from all nominated bandsmen, broadcasters, multimedia and public affairs professionals. The winner receives an engraved trophy and a $1,000.00 cash grant from AFPAAA. In 2017, the AFPAAA Board honored Association founder and long time treasurer and board member Jim Hart by renaming the award the: Brig. Gen. James W. Hart Best of the Best Award.

Special Projects

The Association also undertakes special projects like. 

The USAF Public Affairs Memorial 
A tribute to all USAF active duty, reserve and guard PA's, broadcasters and bandsmen - military and civilian - who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The purpose of the PA Memorial is to reinforce the importance of the role of the PA career field and to acknowledge the vital, sometimes hazardous duties PA's perform in support of the USAF's war fighting capability.


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