Active Force Support
Illustrating the many creative and innovative ways PAs find to tell
the Air Force story, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist,
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, pictured above, documented three F-15s in
aerial maneuvers over southern England - bringing a new dimension to
the meaning of the word "selfie" in the process!
Unique contributions like this to the Air Force mission are why
AFPAAA's primary focus is to provide recognition and support of the
active force in whatever way we can. It's 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
Offer free two-year introductory memberships in AFPAAA to active
Provide up to four grants of $250 each per fiscal year to Air Force
personnel who successfully complete accreditation by the
Public Relations Society of America
International Association of Business Communicators. To help offset the expense of the application for accreditation,
applicants can submit a request, along with proof of accreditation,
within 18 months of certification to:
email@example.com. To be eligible, an applicant must be:
Enlisted through E-8, civilian through GS-14, or officer through
- Active, Guard, or Reserve
Not receiving financial assistance for accreditation from another
source (e.g. a Reservist’s civilian employer, or Air Force
Credentialing Opportunities On-Line [COOL] for eligible enlisted
Offer mentoring and other behind-the-scenes support when asked.
Provide speakers, panelists, and judges for USAF competitions when
Learn From Legends
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, like 1973's Operation Homecoming, when then Lt. Col. Dick
Abel made five trips to Hanoi to escort POWs as they were released
from North Vietnamese prisons.
Over thirty legends in the field of public affairs have participated
in this on-going project, sharing their stories, insights, and advice,
providing tremendous value to today's communicators.
Learn more from these PA pros here.
Annual Reunion and Membership Meeting
For many AFPAAA members, the highlight of the year is the
Association's annual membership meeting.
Held at a different location each year, this three day event is a
great opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones. At least one
day is dedicated to briefings and tours of active duty installations,
major contractor facilities, and museums. These "reblueing sessions"
help AFPAAA members keep up with the changing capabilities and
evolving missions of today's Air Force.
Due to Covid-19 uncertainties, the 2021 meeting has been postponed
until 2022. Scheduled from September 29 to October 1, 2022, it will
still take place in Dayton, Ohio as originally planned. Home to Wright
Paterson AFB and the National Museum of the Air Force, the Dayton area
is steeped in aviation history.
With the exception of the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, AFPAAA has
held an annual meeting every year since 1994. Here's where the
meetings have taken place:
Leaving active duty may feel like jumping out of a perfectly good
airplane into the great unknown, but AFPAAA is here to help, providing
assistance to members transitioning to the civilian world and seeking
employment by offering...
Access to a network of public relations professionals who both
appreciate the special talents of Air Force PA's and understand the
unique challenges they face, and can provide advice and potential
leads to those entering the civilian job market.
Facebook group, where members can engage in discussions about Public Affairs
issues, and where potential employers and job seekers can make
The "Tips for Transition" booklet, containing helpful suggestions
about career changes gleaned from members' real life experiences.
"So You're Looking for Another Job," an extensive compendium of
employment marketing techniques authored by AFPAAA member Charlie
Brown, whose post-AF career has been as a corporate head hunter and
AFPAAA celebrates the achievements of professionals - active, retired,
civilian, and community leaders - through its prestigious awards
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
Brig. Gen. James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award. The Best of the Best program recognizes one outstanding
individual from all nominated bandsmen, broadcasters, multimedia,
and public affairs professionals. The winner receives an engraved
trophy and $1,000 from AFPAAA.
The Association also undertakes special projects like...
The Brigadier General H.J. Dalton Jr. Conference Room
The Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs (SAF/PA)
conference room was named for Gen. Dalton to honor the many
achievements of his distinguished career, including becoming the
first public affairs officer to attain the rank of brigadier
The AFPAAA Board of Directors proposed naming the conference
room in Gen. Dalton's honor, and the idea was enthusiastically
embraced by SAF/PA. Part of a larger renovation project that
consolidated SAF/PA offices in the Pentagon, the cost of the
conference room's construction, furnishings, and decoration was
offset by a contribution from AFPAAA.
The USAF Public Affairs Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame provides prestigious recognition of those who
made significant and lasting contributions to the history and
traditions of the Air Force Public Affairs career field.
The Hall of Fame was established on July 1, 2021 and is
AFPAAA is currently working with SAF/PA on plans for the Hall of
Fame's permanent physical location at the Defense Information
School at Fort Meade, Maryland