AFA on the Issues
AFA Sends Thoughts and Prayers to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has caused turmoil in Texas as thousands of individuals have been displaced, seeking refuge from the storm. Texas has activated its entire National Guard to respond to the disaster, sending nearly 12,000 Air and Army Guardsmen to participate in search and rescue missions. Learn more about the catastrophic situation in our Air Force Magazine.
AFA has 12 local chapters in the Texas area and our members are working diligently to support relief efforts for those in danger. You can help, too. Making a donation to organizations like American Red Cross and Lighthouse Charity Team provides support to those who need it most during this trying time.
Fiscal Year 2018
As Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) comes to a close at the end of September, and Congress moves closer to passing the Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), the Air Force Association has been diligently advocating to ensure the needs of our Air Force are heard and reflected in the bill. It is increasingly important now for AFA to continue advocating for every Airman by helping the Air Force receive the necessary funding for FY18. Read more about this process and how we expect it to go in AFA’s August Legislative Update, here.
Addressing the Pilot Shortage
One of the topics of debate involving our Air Force recently has been the pilot shortage. To help address this issue, Gen (Ret.) Larry Spencer, AFA’s President, published an op-ed in early August in Defense News discussing the national issue. “Today, the Air Force and our nation are in crises because we don’t have enough pilots,” wrote Gen Spencer. Also in the article, Gen Spencer discussed the importance of replacing the Air Force’s aging equipment. Read more about how this affects our efficacy in the full article, here.
Concerns Over Another Continuing Resolution
The Air Force Association has been consistently voicing concerns for another Continuing Resolution (CR). As the Defense Authorization bill proceeds through authorizations in the House and Senate, AFA has communicated the adverse implications of a CR and the crippling effects to readiness. A CR prohibits the Air Force from budgeting and executing a predictable and stable budget. A CR affects current readiness, wastes valuable resources by maintaining programs that should be halted, and prevents the start of new programs that are needed by the warfighters. If congress surrenders to a long-term CR for appropriations, it maintains the previous year’s budget allocations for the Air Force while the force structure has increased.
The efforts of AFA throughout the month of August have centered on informing congress of the Air Force’s readiness issues and how to take steps toward recovering. Through various op-eds, letters, the Air Force Association is speaking out on behalf of the needs of the Air Force so that we are better equipped to Fly, Fight, and Win. It is through these various outlets that AFA is able to articulate the inefficiencies and developing issues of the Air Force.