The AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY (AFAS) is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping "to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education". It is rooted in the original Army Air Corps and the World War II Army Air Forces, whose members wanted to "take care of their own." The roots of the Society go back to 1942 in response to General Henry "Hap" Arnold's concern that members of his Army Air Forces faced unique hardships in meeting the challenges of World War II. He wanted a national organization which could provide emergency assistance to the wives and children of war victims and assure the availability of educational assistance to those families.
Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies, as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units. Since its creation in 1942 as a non-profit organization, AFAS has helped countless members of the Air Force community.
To learn more about AFAS
Fact sheet on AFAS Emergency Assistance
Fact Sheet on AFAS Community Enhancement Programs
(please note: after you submit your application, you must set-up an appointment with an AFAS Officer at the MFSC by calling 552-4943)