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Let’s Talk: Understanding the Air & Space Forces Association

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Welcome to the Let’s Talk podcast! In this episode, Dan Matizza, the current local Air Force Association chapter president, joins us. Dan shares insights into the AFA’s work and the impact it has on the local community.

A Brief History

Dan provides a brief history of the AFA and its presence in Northwest Florida. He explains that the AFA was formed in 1946, just before the Air Force became a separate service. The organization’s mission is to promote the dominant U.S. Air and Space Forces as the foundation of a strong national defense and to honor and support airmen, guardians, and their families.

Supporting Education and Advocacy

The AFA focuses on three primary activities:

  • Educating the public on the critical need for unrivaled aerospace air power
  • Advocating and promoting aerospace power to help shape policy and resourcing decisions for the government
  • Supporting airmen, guardians, and their families

Dan emphasizes the AFA’s commitment to promoting aerospace and STEM education for students and schools, creating a professional workforce, and supporting airmen and their families.

Recognizing Unsung Heroes

An important initiative of the AFA is the Unsung Heroes luncheon, which recognizes individuals who may not have been selected as Airman of the Quarter or Year but are dedicated and reliable in their roles. The AFA honors 20 individuals from Hurlburt-based units and provides certificates, meals, and coins to recognize their contributions.

Supporting Local Junior ROTC Units

The AFA also supports Junior ROTC units at Pensacola High School, Gulf Breeze High School, and Navarre Naval Junior ROTC. They provide donations for trips, classroom grants, and scholarships for outstanding cadets.

How You Can Get Involved

If you’re interested in learning more about the AFA and getting involved, you can visit hurlburt.afaflorida.org or contact Dan Matysa via email at VAlpharomeokilo02@Cox.net.

You can also become a community partner by donating or becoming a member of the AFA for as little as $20 a year. Membership includes access to the AFA magazine and online resources.

Thank you for listening to the Let’s Talk podcast and learning more about the important work of the Air Force Association in Northwest Florida. Stay tuned for more insightful conversations with local leaders and non-profits.


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