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AFSA membership drive begins today

by Senior Airman Stephanie Witty
Thunderbolt staff writer

The Air Force Sergeants Association is conducting a membership drive to increase its numbers as well as provide military members, retirees and their families an opportunity to take advantage of special AFSA benefits and become apart of a constantly growing voice of persuasion informing Congress of issues affecting them.

The drive, which begins today and runs through Dec 31, will consist of informational events at the Base Exchange, commander's calls, the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Symposium, the Right Start Program and newcomers briefings among others. The goal of the membership drive is to establish 200 new members and retain 200 current members, said Master Sgt. Bryan Osborne, AFSA membership committee chairperson.

"We are looking to publicize AFSA, because the more members we have, the stronger our voice is," said Sergeant Osborne. "When AFSA representatives talk, congress listens."

AFSA lobbyists inform members of Congress of the sacrifices service members make in protecting the American way-of-life. It works toward pay and allowance increases for enlisted members, increased health care benefits and retirement benefits to name a few.

In addition to lobbying congress, AFSA offers numerous other member benefits, such as, providing scholarships and grants to members and their families, a subscription to Sergeants magazine, the AFSA/First USA platinum Master Card, and special health, life and auto insurance programs.

"Government Employee Insurance Corporation (GEICO) is AFSA's biggest corporate sponsor," said Sergeant Osborne. "Eligible members of AFSA get an additional 8 percent discount on auto insurance. There are also travel discounts, hotel discounts and other offers to save members money."

As a professional organization, AFSA is unique.

"AFSA is the only organization that supports only enlisted Air Force issues," said Sergeant Osborne. "It has been around since 1961 and is not a something new on the block."

Membership is open to all Air Force enlisted personnel and retirees of all grades serving on active duty, guard and reserve. AFSA Auxiliary membership is available to all spouses and family members of those eligible for AFSA membership, including widows or widowers of those individuals and also any former enlisted interested personnel.

Membership rates are based on rank.

"AFSA membership is very affordable, grades E-1 through E-4 are only $18 for 18 months. NCOs and officers pay $25 a year, said Sergeant Osborne. "Each month members receive Sergeants Magazine in the mail. It's a great way to keep up to speed on the latest issues impacting members of the enlisted force."

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Enlisted Club. Interested individuals are not required to be members to attend the monthly meetings and everyone is welcome.

Air Force Sergeants Association is a federally chartered, non-profit organization representing the professional and personal interests of its more than 135,000 members.

For more information concerning AFSA and membership, contact Master Sgt. Bryan Osborne at 828-3333.


 

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