The mission of the Air Force Association (AFA) is to educate the public about the critical role of aerospace power in the defense of our nation; advocate aerospace power and a strong national defense; and support the United States Air Force, the Air Force family and aerospace education.
The AFA is an independent, non-profit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA publishes Air Force Magazine, conducts national symposia 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. Additionally, AFA publishes a wide range of materials on the Air Force Association website, www.afa.org.
In 2006, AFA celebrated its 60th Anniversary and consolidated its activities with those of the Aerospace Education
Foundations, formerly an affiliate. The consolidation allowed AFA to become a tax-exempt charitable education institution. The combined organization operates under the name "Air Force Association" and has continued and expanded the educational programs of the former Aerospace Education Foundation.
As the "Bud" West Chapter is over 100 miles from the nearest Air Force installation, long ago the chapter's executive council determined that our most effective support of the AFA mission could be best achieved by concentrating our efforts and attention to education of the public about the critical role of aerospace power in the defense of our nation. Toward this end, "Bud" West has developed a multitude of initiatives designed to support advance math and science curriculum in our schools, and to support both senior and junior AFROTC programs in Tallahassee and surrounding areas.
In addition to our support of the AFROTC program at Florida State University and the AFJROTC program at Godby High School in Tallahassee, our outreach also provides support to two AFJROTC programs in southwest Georgia. More than a decade ago, after soliciting and receiving permission from AFA (Georgia), "Bud West" began its uninterrupted support of the superb AFJROTC programs at Bainbridge High School and Thomasville High School, which were not in proximity to any Georgia AFA chapter. We are also proud of the excellent coordination and working relationship that exists between the chapter and Tallahassee Composite Squadron 432 of the Civil Air Patrol. Now, and throughout our chapter's history, many "Bud West" Chapter members have also been members of that fine U.S. Air Force Auxiliary organization.