There When Airmen Need Us

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of the Total Force and their families, as well as Air Force widows/widowers since 1942.

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75 Years of Service

In 1942, General Hap Arnold and his wife Bee created a relief organization that would emphasize the ideal of Airmen helping Airmen. For 75 years, that organization – your Air Force Aid Society – has been supporting Airmen and enhancing the USAF mission.

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Airmen Helping Airmen

The Air Force Aid Society’s ability to provide support is made possible through generous contributions from your fellow Airmen and friends of Airmen. 100% of every individual contribution is used to help Airmen. Your gift can have a tremendous impact on the lives of Air Force families.

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FOR EVERY $1 DONATED,

Air Force Aid Society provides $3 to help Airmen

How We Help

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

When unexpected emergencies arise, there is a financial need and help is needed, AFAS provides no-interest loans and/or grants to help meet immediate needs and make a positive step towards a lasting financial solution.

EDUCATION SUPPORT

Dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen can work towards their dreams of a college degree with AFAS education grants, loans and scholarships.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

AFAS understands the challenges that come with active duty Air Force life, from deployments to PCSs, and offers targeted community programs to help with such things as child care, car upkeep and spouse employment education.

Air Force Aid Society – Helping Airmen Since 1942

Older than the U.S. Air Force itself, AFAS traces its roots back to 1942 and the great 5-Star General Henry “Hap” Arnold. His vision of an organization that embodied the ideal of Airmen helping Airmen still drives our mission today.

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This scholarship support allows me to be a successful military spouse and academic scholar. My dream is to become a clinical social worker and help military families through the challenges of active duty life. I hope I can empower others to pay it forward.

Kristina Robertson
Air Force Spouse, Hap Arnold Education Grant Recipient

LAST YEAR ALONE

$15 million in total support was provided to Airmen and their families.

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91% of AFAS Emergency Financial Assistance was provided to the Total Force (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen), with the remaining funds helping Air Force retired and widowed.

52,000 individual assists to Air Force families were facilitated

Leadership

Lieutenant General John D. Hopper, Jr, USAF (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer

Lt Gen Hopper is the Chief Executive Officer for Air Force Aid Society. In this role, he oversees an annual budget of $20 million and manages an endowment of more than $140 million. Hopper retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005, after more than 35 years of distinguished service. Prior to retirement, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas.

Colonel Linda F. Egentowich, USAF (Ret)

Chief Operating Officer

Egentowich joined Air Force Aid Society in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. As part of the Executive Staff team, she is responsible for managing the Society’s emergency assistance, education and community enhancement programs and budget.

Colonel Sidney R. Heetland, USAF (Ret)

Chief Financial Officer

Heetland joined Air Force Aid Society in October 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. As part of the Executive Staff team, he oversees all financial aspects of running the Society, including management of an investment portfolio of more than $180 million.

Board of Trustees

Air Force Aid Society is governed by a distinguished group of volunteer Trustees comprised of current Air Force leaders and personnel, former Air Force leaders and members of the civilian community – fulfilling the vision of our founder, Gen Hap Arnold.

Locations

All requests for Air Force Aid Society assistance are handled at AFAS sections located at Air Force bases around the world.  In the event there is no Air Force base in your area, other Military Relief Societies and/or Red Cross stations can assist.

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