Preserving History and Heritage

Each year AAFM contributes to the preservation of the missileer heritage and contributes to the missileer community through our grants and awards.

Missile Heritage Grant Program

AAFM provides approximately $10,000 each year to museums for missile displays. To date we have funded more than $300,000 in projects at more than 30 museums. We honor members who have passed away in the year before the grants are awarded by providing the grants in their memory.

Members - If you are aware of a museum with missile displays that is not on our mailing list for grant applications, let us know and we will add the museum.

Museums - We mail applications in October of each year. We recommend that you request grants in the $1,000 - $3,000 range, to allow us to fund several grants per year.  Specific instructions are included in the applications we mail to you each year. See the link below for a list of Grants AAFM has provided and members honored.

2021 Missile Heritage Grants

A committee of three board members, Bob Parker, Jock Dodson and Mike Kenderes, reviewed six applications for 2021 grants. We funded 4 of the 6 grants for a total of $10,006.

The 2021 projects we funded were:

SAC & Aerospace Museum $2,706 to add display with two Operation's mannequins

Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site $3,000 to add a static display of HH-1H helicopter to  helipad

National Atomic Museum $2,800 to paint/weld Minuteman I missile to vertical position in Heritage Park

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum $1,500 to purchase TVs to enhance Titan II experience.

When you visit one of these museums, ensure you stop by and tell the leadership that you are an AAFM member and a supporter of our grant program. 

Members Honored

The 2021 grants were provided in memory of the members that passed away since our last grant cycle and are:

SMSgt (ret) Richard Adamski, Major (ret) Carl Baumann, Capt Keith R. Baylor, Col (ret) Jerry Brown, Lt Col Joseph Carmena, Col (ret) James Council, Major John R Crawford, Col (ret) Kirby Fetzer, Col Robert Ewers, MSgt Donald Foote, Col (ret) Reginald "Sam" Goodwin, Col (ret) Larry Hasbrouck, Lt Gen (ret) Arlen D Jameson, Col (ret) David W. McClenon, Maj (ret) Samuel McGowan, Lt Col (ret) Adrian Ambrose Meadows, Col (ret) Joe S. Morales, Lt Col (ret) James B. Phillips, Capt Douglas Ray, Col (ret) Richard Sandercock, Major (ret) Richard Stutte, Lt Col (ret) Theodore (Ted) Suchecki, Maj (ret) Stephen Tiner, Lt Col (ret) David "Andy" Trent

For the list of grants and members honored to date, click here

General Samuel Phillips Award for Operations

AAFM Award Programs

General Samuel Phillips Award for Operations

Originally awarded annually by Air Force Space Command and now by Air Force Global Strike Command, to the outstanding missile operations squadron. General Phillips was a pioneer in intercontinental ballistic missile development.

The Colonel Edward Payne Award for Maintenance

Originally awarded annually by Air Force Space Command to the missile maintenance squadron that does the most to improve the quality of life for maintenance technicians. In 2008, AFSPC changed the award to a series of individual awards for outstanding maintenance personnel, and in 2009, the award was transitioned to the new Air Force Global Strike Command.

Colonel Payne, who passed away in 2010, served both at Vandenberg and Ellsworth as a missile maintenance squadron commander and Deputy Commander for Maintenance.

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