In This Issue:

  • Education Support Programs are Now Open for Applications
  • AFAS Education Support in Action
  • Thank You to All of Our Year-End Donors!
  • AFAS Receives a 2023 CARES Award
  • AFAS Acting CEO and Former CEO Reflect on Years of Service


Education Support Programs are Now Open for Applications

Dependent children and spouses of Airmen and Guardians can work toward their dreams of a college degree with AFAS education grants and scholarships.

Learn more about all of the different Education Support programs, including some new options, on our website. Review the eligibility criteria for each opportunity to find the one that is right for you.

Don’t delay! Begin your application for Education Support on our website today, and you can save your progress and upload your FAFSA Submission Summary when you receive it.


AFAS Education Support in Action

William Bumcum, a first-year BS Computer Science Data Science major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, was the recipient of a 2023 AFAS Merit Scholarship.

“I am sincerely grateful for your investment in my education and future. Your support has not only made a difference in my life but has also empowered me to explore, learn, and grow in ways that would have otherwise been challenging.”  

Have you received Education Support from AFAS in the past? We would love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your story with us.



Thank You to Everyone Who Made a Year-End Gift to AFAS

More than 900 donors added Air Force Aid Society to their gift list this past holiday season, supporting Airmen, Guardians, and their families with an end-of-year donation to fund our emergency financial assistance, education support, and community programs. 

We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity, and wish you all a very happy new year!



AFAS Receives a 2023 CARE Award

AFAS was recognized again this year by the Northern Virginia Family Services as a 2023 CARE Award recipient.

Since 1992, NVFS has recognized exceptional companies proactively making the Washington, D.C. region a better place to work, live, and play through the CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Awards. Each of the organizations honored in 2023 has an outstanding culture and employee engagement strategies that create one of the best places to work in the D.C. area.

We are honored to receive this award and thankful to our staff and Board who make AFAS an exceptional place to work.


AFAS Acting CEO and Former CEO Reflect on Years of Service

Last month, our Acting CEO, Kris McBride, had the distinct honor of visiting former AFAS CEO, Lt Gen Mike McGinty, at Blue Skies of Texas where he now lives.

Following a 34-year Air Force career, Lt Gen McGinty served AFAS from 2001-2005, including providing unwavering leadership during and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ensuring we cared for our Airmen and their families. Lt Gen McGinty credits the overwhelming support of our corporate supporters and the Air Force Aid Society’s mission and dedication with getting our community through this challenging time. He stressed the importance of “never forgetting who and why we serve.”

Kris and Lt Gen McGinty are joined in the photo by the President & CEO of Blue Skies, Lt Gen Darrell D. Jones, USAF (Ret). We are thankful for their hospitality and continued connection to the work of Air Force Aid Society.


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