The Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) is a non-profit organization representing the professional
and personal interests of more than 160,000 active duty and retired
enlisted members of the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and
Air Force Reserve. AFSA family members, former enlisted
personnel and other interested parties that also provides the opportunity to join and support the association as members of AFSA or the AFSA Auxiliary.
Since its founding in 1961, AFSA has earned
the recognition and respect of congressional and Pentagon leaders
for its sustained role as the "Voice of the Enlisted."
In past years, AFSA has been instrumental in creating the Survivor
Benefit Plan, achieving equity in officer and enlisted hazardous
duty pay, ensuring enlisted flight crew members at least 120 days
notice prior to removal from flying status, and successfully opposing
plans to turn the commissary service over to a national chair
that would impose a user fee for services.
AFSA played a major role in gains of the
following for active duty enlisted personnel: pay raise instead
of a pay freeze as proposed by the administration; early retirement
for active duty personnel with more than 15 but less than 20 years
service; extension of the transition program for separating personnel
through FY 95; reversal of a ruling that would have unfairly taxed
relocation allowances and reimbursements; and a tenure guarantee
after 18 years.
AFSA's vocal and supportive actions for
the Reserve Transition Program benefited Guardsmen and Reservists.
AFSA was successful in extending this valuable program through
FY 95. As a result, these forces gained a retirement plan allowing
selected personnel with 20 years to select an immediate retirement
annuity, allowing selected personnel with at least 15 years to
apply for assignment to retired status, and allowing separation
pay for personnel with at least six years of service who are involuntarily
separated. Other gains included extended use of the commissary
and exchange after separation, expanded access to G.I. Bill educational
assistance for those affected by drawdowns, and continued SGLI
coverage for one year after separation at no cost. Additionally,
AFSA's continuing actions have led to an increase in both research
and treatment of certain health effects directly related to service
in the Persian Gulf.
AFSA's Capitol Hill presence was also instrumental
in making gains for retirees. These included an assurance of a
full COLA for 1994 in spire of administration proposals to freeze
or reduce military retiree annuities, and a reduction in the CHAMPUS
catastrophic cap for out-of-pocket expenses from $10,000 to $7,500.
AFSA's sustained efforts have caused Congress to act toward correcting
the inequity between the timing of COLAs for military retirees
vs. that of federal civilians.Also, in 1994, AFSA uncovered a
proposal in the works at the "eleventh hour" that would
have stopped the already-promised April '94 COLA. AFSA representatives
geared into action with a phone call and fax campaign to key people
"on the Hill." Bottom line is that AFSA was successful!
Because AFSA on the scene at the crucial time and because AFSA
is a respected "voice," action on this proposal was
AFSA and AFSA Auxiliary members are kept
up-to-date with SERGEANTS magazine.
This top-rated publication provides substantive articles and features
about Air Force enlisted issues. The annual Enlisted Almanac edition
has been praised as the definitive reference of Air Force and
DOD statistics and projections. Additionally, members have access
to a toll-free Capitol Hill Update recording with the latest information
on proposals and legislation on matters affecting military people,
retirees and their families.
AFSA and AFSA Auxiliary members have access
to members-only benefits and services, including a variety of
affordable health and auto insurance plans, VISA and MasterCard
availability, discounted on family eye wear and contact lenses,
new home buying and mortgage broker services, cruises arranged
for your budget and lifestyle as well as many other money-saving
Another major benefit is the AFSA scholarship
program. This valuable program provides members an opportunity
to help finance their children's educations. This year, AFSA awarded
13 scholarship grants totaling $21,500.
In 1983, AFSA founded the Airmen Memorial
Foundation (AMF). This separate organization sponsors several
major programs. Two of these are the Education and the Educational
Loan Programs that assist members in gaining college credits.
Other AMF programs include:
- AMF Scholarship Program, which awarded
20 grants totaling $20,000 this year. The Kisling Educational
Grants program, offered in conjunction with the AMF, added an
additional eight grants totaling $11,000. AMF also gave a total
of $4,420 in humanitarian awards in FY 95.
- Post-Military Employment Program, which
offers three specific services for those who are about to retire
or separate from the Air Force:
- Employment Preparation Guide
- - a comprehensive directory of benefits
and available assistance.
- Self-Study Course
- -an overview of post military career opportunities
and preparation for the job search/civilian employment process
- JOB BANK USA -
- a state-of-the-art computerized data base
service linking civilian employers to separating/retiring military
- AMF/CA$HE Program, provided through the
Air Force Family Support Centers, which offers military spouses
and youth an automated college financial aid resource for both
undergraduate and graduate work.
AFSA founded the Airmen Memorial Museum
(AMM) in 1986. The AMM is dedicated to the heritage and accomplishments
of all Air Force enlisted people. The museum is located in the
Airmen Memorial Building in Suitland, Maryland. With its semi-permanent
and temporary exhibits, including "The Orderly Room",
the AMM serves as a comprehensive reference center for Air Force
As evidenced by its actions and innovative
services for enlisted families, AFSA is strongly committed to
serving the best interests of its member, the United States Air
Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the United States