AAFM's National Meetings - Part II
2008 - AAFM gathered at the Hyatt Dulles hotel, outside Washington, DC, with more than 200 in attendance. On the first day, tours included the World War II Memorial, the Udvar Hazy Museum, the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial. That evening, Jack Neufeld told us about the life of Gen Bernard Schriever. After the morning meetings the next day, many toured Mount Vernon. On the final day, two busloads of us spent the day at the Gettysburg National Park, with lunch in the historic Dobbins House Tavern. Our banquet featured former Secretary of the Air Force Thomas Reed as the speaker and the Air Force Strolling Strings for entertainment. Gen Schriever's widow, singer Joni James, was our special guest that evening.
2010 - AAFM met at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Tucson, AZ, with more than 250 in attendancese. The Commander of 12th Air Force hosted us for tours of the Combat Air Operations Center at Davis Monthan AFB, along with a visit to the flight line to see aircraft assigned to the base, combined with visit to the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley. The next day, choices included a golf tournament or a tour of the Sonoran Desert Museum, with lunch at the museum, and San Xavier Mission. That evening, we toured the "Boneyard" before dinner and tours at the Pima Air Museum. Saturday included a tour of Old Tucson, and our speaker for the banquet was Lt Gen Frank Klotz, the Commander of the newly actiated Air Force Global Strike Command.
2012 - Our biggest meeting ever, with over 600 in attendance for a special commemoration of the 50th Anniversay of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the first Mintueman Missile on alert, in Great Falls, MT at the Best Western Heritage Inn. Malmstrom AFB hosted us for great tours and briefings, and a Santa Maria BBQ lunch hosted by the Top 3. That evening, we had dinner at the Great Falls Airport, and the next day most toured the Lewis and Clark Center and the Charlie Russell Museum, while others played in a golf tourney at Meadowlark Country Club. Maj Gen Mike Carey, the Commander of 20th AF, spoke at dinner that night. On Saturday morning, more than 650 people attended a special ceremony at Minuteman Launch Facility A-06, the first Minuteman to be put on alert during the Crisis in 1962. Our speaker for the dinner that evening was the Commander of US Strategic Command, Gen Bob Kehler. More about AAFM and the Cuban Missile Crisis here. For Photos, go to Quay Andrew McMahon
DVDs of some of the events are available in the AAFM Donations/Store area.
2014 - The Diamond Jack's Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, LA, was our headquarters, and Air Force Global Strike Command, 8th Air Force and the 2nd Bomb Wing hosted us for base tours and briefings. We had a great Cajun dinner at Ralph and Kacoo's, and the next day a choice of golf or tours of the Mardi Gras Museum, Louisiana Exposition Buiding, Red River Center and the Norton Art Museum. Lt Gen Steven Wilson spoke at our Wednesday night dinner and Undersecretary of the Air Force, Eric Fanning, at our banquet. We presented a painting by AAFM board member CMSgt (Ret) Joe Andrew to AFGSC during the meeting. Photos by Andrew Here
2016 - We met in Omaha, NE, home of US Strategic Command, at the Sheraton Omaha. About 250 of us began Wednesday after our AAFM board met all day Tuesday. Discussions Tuesday included the SAC Hall of Fame, the phase in of a new Executive Director over the next two to three years, plans for 2018 in either Cheyenne, Dayton or Huntsville, and other topics. Thursday we spent the day at Offutt, included a driving tour of the base, tours of the Globa Operations Center and the Air Room, and several briefings. Dinner that night was at the SAC Aerospace Museum, and Friday most took a tour of Omaha attractions while a few played golf at Quarry Oaks. That night, we were entertained by Ground Zero, a band started by Missileers and featuring some Groobers music. Saturday started with our General Membership meeting, board meeting, a Zoo touir, showing of the Command and Control Documentary, and ending with a fantastic talk by General Robin Rand, Commander of AF Global Strike Command.