AFA Salutes 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Jul 23, 2014, 10:45 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association today announced the 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. Each year, AFA salutes outstanding enlisted personnel for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and personal achievements. AFA proudly honors these Outstanding Airmen at its annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition held in September in Washington, D.C.

"The Air Force Association is very proud to honor the commitment of these outstanding airmen," said George Muellner, AFA Chairman of the Board. "We salute them for their patriotism and dedication and thank them for their continued service to our country."

"These Air Force members have demonstrated exceptional leadership and performance," said Craig McKinley, AFA President. "Each year we join the Air Force in recognizing the achievements of great airmen. Their commitment to their jobs reflects the high standards that exist within the United States Air Force, and we look forward to seeing what else they accomplish throughout their careers."

The program was initiated at the Air Force Association's 10th annual national Convention, held in New Orleans in 1956. At the time, AFA was looking for a way to emphasize the need for an educated and well compensated enlisted force. As a way to bring attention to this issue, a deserving, enlisted person was selected to represent each major Air Force command and operating agency. The program, intended for only one year, still lives strong today. The selection process begins at the local level and works up through each MAJCOM, DRU and FOA. The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, a general officer and selected Major Command chiefs form the final selection board. The Air Force Chief of Staff reviews the nominees. The recipients are awarded the Outstanding Airmen ribbon with the bronze service star device, and wear the Outstanding Airmen badge for one year. They also serve on the Air Force Enlisted Council for one year.

Names and Commands of 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year can be found here: 

For more information, contact Jill Westeyn at or call 1-800-727-3337 ext. 4807.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  • ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  • SUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.

AFA has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 100,000 members. Visit AFA at

SOURCE Air Force Association