Why I Joined Silver Wings: Meg Hart
Silver Wings is a national collegiate, civilian organization building civic leaders through professional development and promoting civic awareness alongside Arnold Air Society and Air Force ROTC. Meg Hart is a senior at Clemson University, South Carolina and currently serves as the Silver Wings National Public Affairs Officer. All Silver Wings members are members of AFA.
I joined Silver Wings in the fall of 2014 looking for a personal connection. I grew up as a military dependent, tied to the Air Force through my parents, for eighteen years. I had spent my entire life moving, following my father’s Air Force career, from base to base, school to school. I deeply missed the familiarity of the Air Force; I missed friendships that were so easily made through the common understanding of military life. With the hope that I could find more of these friendships at my university, I turned to Silver Wings.
I joined Silver Wings thinking it was an organization solely focused on supporting the world’s greatest Air Force, looking for more social opportunities. The organization I turned to quickly taught me that Silver Wings was not just the perfect home-away-from-home for military dependents like myself, but for every kind of person: the student that wants to learn to lead, the student that wants to serve their community, the student looking for lasting and life-long friendships, the student looking to support our country’s national defense entirely. I have never encountered an organization quite like Silver Wings, which allows its student members to lead each other and serve each other, that provides so many academic, professional, and financial opportunities.
Silver Wings has the ability to mold and grow its members in every aspect: to become future leaders of our generation, to continuously gain humility and respect for others through simple philanthropy in our communities, to watch and learn from our nation’s most impactful trailblazers. Even better, Silver Wings members are members of the AFA, so students like myself are able to learn personally from AFA members with life experience and wisdom to share.
Silver Wings has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made and an absolute highlight of my college career. Silver Wings didn’t just provide me with the friendships I was looking for – this organization provided me life-long mentors, a network of professionals and students, and positions where I learned to grow and lead where I could not have found anywhere else. Silver Wings is made possible by AFA, and for that, I could never thank AFA enough.
Because of this, AFA and Silver Wings have my utmost thanks, and I will stay as a lifelong AFA member, post-graduation. One day, I – and many other Silver Wings students I know – hope to give back to the future generations of Silver Wings like the members of the AFA have given to us. Thank you for everything, Silver Wings and AFA – you have my gratitude forever.