AFA’s #70for70 Social Media Campaign
Throughout the course of 2017, AFA is honoring Airmen for Life through our #70for70 social media campaign, culminating at our upcoming Air, Space & Cyber Conference September 18-20, 2017. So far, AFA has recognized 30 distinguished Airmen and Airpower advocates who have made significant contributions to our Air Force.
This month, AFA honored the Month of the Military Child by highlighting Colleen Shine, the daughter of Vietnam veteran Lt Col Anthony Shine, whose aircraft went missing in December 1972. It took 24 years to recover his remains. Lt Col Shine was finally laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Army Air Corps C-47 pilot, retired Col Gail Halvorsen is best known as the famed World War II “Candy Bomber.” Col Halvorsen would collect his candy rations and fasten them to parachutes made with cloth and string, and would “wiggle” the wings of his aircraft so the children would know it was him. Col Halvorsen’s "service before self" embodies the principles and values held by our Air Force.
AFA celebrated the US Air Force Reserve’s birthday on April 14 by featuring Maj Gen Michael Kim, mobilization assistant to the Chief of Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon. The Air Force Reserve was established in 1948 and has served a crucial role to our Total Force Air Force.
There are countless individuals who have impacted our Air Force in ways beyond measure, but few come to mind like aviation pioneer, Gen Ira Eaker. One of the founders of a separate US Air Force, General Eaker is famed for making the first “blind” transcontinental flight without instruments and also served as the commander of Eighth Air Force.
AFA is proud of our Air Force's storied history that has led it to become the World's Greatest Air Force. Follow AFA on social media @AirForceAssoc to view our upcoming #70for70 honorees. View all individuals featured so far, here.
In honor of our Air Force’s special 70th Birthday, AFA is selling commemorative 70th birthday t-shirts! Buy yours here to celebrate the Air Force’s 70th in style.