Helping Airmen is the singular philosophy driving everything at Air Force Aid Society. More than 45,000 assists in 2017, over $15.1 million in direct help through emergency financial assistance, education support and community programs.

Get to know the real Airmen behind those numbers and learn more about how AFAS is helping Airmen every day.


AFAS helps a young Airman honor his grandfather’s dying wish with a final visit home. Airman First Class Cody Olwine enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) because he wanted greater opportunity than he felt his small Indiana hometown could provide for him. With that opportunity, he also found a greater sense of family and community. “The Air Force is so much more than just a family. It’s having co-workers that care and genuinely try to help out in all aspects of life,” he shares.

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AFAS helps a retired Airman navigate a challenging financial emergency far from home. Technical Sergeant Deborah Cowdrey grew up in a family that believed in service to one’s country. “I remember hearing President Kennedy’s famous words ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ as a child, and that always stayed with me,” shares Tsgt Cowdrey. That desire to serve her country, as well as her dreams to travel and receive a quality education led her to the U.S. Air Force (USAF).

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