ARLINGTON, Va., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AFA members from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional members to discuss the challenges facing the Air Force.
The AFA members, including AFA Chapter and State Presidents, were briefed by senior Pentagon officials, then attended nearly 40 scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill. They discussed challenges such as the problems at the VA, the importance of readiness and modernization, and the negative impacts of sequestration that Congress must avoid by reaching a bipartisan solution.
The members were able to provide first-hand insight into how decisions in Washington largely impact our service members and retirees, local bases, and provided reasonable solutions to current problems.
AFA Chairman of the Board George Muellner also attended meetings to highlight these issues.
"This is a great opportunity for our members to come to DC and make our positions known to members of Congress. Our hope is to continue to build relationships between our local members, national organization and Congressional members in order to best support the Air Force," said Muellner.
AFA President Craig McKinley said, "Advocating on behalf of airpower and national security is very important at AFA, as it is at the core of our mission. We appreciate the members and their staff for taking the time to meet with us and for their continued attention to these important issues."
The AFA Government Relations team received positive feedback from the AFA members and the Congressional staff and looks forward to planning for the next fly-in.
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SOURCE Air Force Association