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Air Force Sergeants Association. Your Air Force Enlisted Voice For Over 50 Years. www.hqafsa.org. What is AFSA Why AFSA How is AFSA unique Pay/2011-2012 Legislative Platform AFSA Functional Analogy Life without AFSA The Bad News The Good News How Do I Join?. Overview.

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Air force sergeants association

Air Force Sergeants Association

Your Air Force Enlisted Voice

For Over 50 Years

www.hqafsa.org


Overview

  • What is AFSA

  • Why AFSA

  • How is AFSA unique

  • Pay/2011-2012 Legislative Platform

  • AFSA Functional Analogy

  • Life without AFSA

  • The Bad News

  • The Good News

  • How Do I Join?

Overview

Air Force Sergeants Association


What is afsa

  • Professional Organization of Choice

    • Commenced in 1961, 50+ years

  • Servicing over 111,000 members to Include Auxiliary

    • 130+ Chapters world wide

    • Airman, NCO, Officer, and Family members eligible

  • Federally chartered in Washington D.C as a 3c19 Veterans organization

    • AFSA is authorized to lobby congress (EANGUS/NGAUS is NOT!)

  • Only organization addressing issues important to AF members past and present wearing the “Stripes”

  • Proud member of the Military Coalition

What is afsa?

Air Force Sergeants Association


Why afsa

112th Congress

Less than 22% Served in Uniform

Why AFSA?

Air Force Sergeants Association


How is afsa unique

  • Reason for being: TO REPRESENT YOU!

  • With you for LIFE regardless of rank, time in/of service, and/or service-retirement location

  • Ownership: PAID FOR BY YOU, not a corporate business concern

  • Mission: only USAF ENLISTED Q-O-L issues

  • Hierarchy: USAF ENLISTED volunteers

  • Lobbyists: all USAF ENLISTED

  • Contacts: CAPITOL HILL, AIR FORCE, AND DOD

How is AFSA Unique?

Air Force Sergeants Association


A 13 year look at basic pay raises

NOTE: DOD ALWAYS PROPOSES A PAY RAISE AT OR BELOW THE MINIMUM INTENDED BY LAW..

YEAR

FORMULA

DOD PLAN

FINAL

1997

ECI

3.0 %

3.0 %

A 13-YEAR LOOK AT BASIC PAY RAISES

1998

ECI

2.8 %

2.8 %

1999

ECI + 1/2 %

3.1 %

3.6 %

ASSOCIATIONS GARNER MORE PAY FOR YOU

2000

ECI –+1/2 %

4.4 %

4.8 %

2001

ECI

3.7 %

3.7 %

2002

ECI

5.9-9.5 %

6.0-9.5 %

2003

ECI + 1/2 %

4.1 %

4.1-6.5 %

CONVINCED CONGRESS THAT PAY GAP HAD TO BE REDUCED.

2004

ECI + 1/2 %

2.0-6.25 %

3.7-6.25 %

2005

ECI

3.5 %

3.5 %

2006

ECI

3.1 %

3.1 %

2007

ECI

2.2 %

2.2 %*

2008

ECI + 1/2 %

3.0 %

3.5 %

2009

ECI + 1/2 %

3.4 %

3.9 %

* Some targeting raises added in April 2007 for Warrants and mid-grade enlisted members

Air Force Sergeants Association


Annual pay impact of associations factoring in only 1997 2009 effect
ANNUAL PAY IMPACT MINIMUM INTENDED BY LAW..OF ASSOCIATIONSFACTORING IN ONLY 1997-2009 EFFECT


2011 2012 afsa legislative platform

This will be used as a “blueprint” for testimony and lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.

HEALTHCARE

  • Oppose TRICARE fee increases

  • Limit beneficiary costs for TRICARE network/mail order prescription drug

  • Exempt those military retirees who entered service prior to December 7, 1956, from the obligation of Medicare Part B payments 

  • Oppose the various recommendations for retirees aged 38-64 to seek healthcare coverage from somewhere else besides TRICARE

  • Ensure adequate reimbursement for doctors who accept TRICARE and Medicare patients ("Doc Fix")

2011-2012AFSA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

Air Force Sergeants Association


2011 2012 afsa legislative platform1

VETERANS BENEFITS lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.

  • Limit user fees and prescription co-pay increases at VA medical facilities 

  • Require the VA to accept licensed civilian medical/dental provider prescriptions 

  • Review the veterans’ disability evaluation, benefits claim, and appeals process for effectiveness and accuracy

  • Provide Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) for service incurred disabilities 

  • Pursue the VA to have chiropractic care where possible 

  • Where permissible by Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), provide full overseas retiree exchange/commissary benefits including postal services

  • Ensure sufficient capacity and full funding at national cemeteries

2011-2012AFSA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

Air Force Sergeants Association


2011 2012 afsa legislative platform2

EDUCATION lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.

  • Ensure the Post 9-11 GI Bill remains current and relevant to our servicemembers

  • Provide military members and their families’ in-state tuition rates at federally supported state universities and colleges–regardless of residency requirements 

  • Ensure full funding of the Impact Aid Program

  • Preserve Tuition Assistance Programs

  • Pursue Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

  • Repeal/Modify the Former Spouse Protection Act

  • Provide a full accounting of POW/MIAs from all past and future military actions, and promote international compliance in recovery efforts

  • Protect the American flag from purposeful acts of physical desecration

2011-2012AFSA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

Air Force Sergeants Association


What makes afsa successful an aircraft analogy

1. lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.Vector– Quality of Life for our AF Families – Legislation

AFSA’s primary destination is to ensure the highest Quality of Life for our Airmen and families. We do this by working with Congress to seek favorable legislation that supports our Airmen. This is our VECTOR

2. Guidance– Communications

Communications is our GUIDANCE. We need to share the AFSA value proposition with all current and potential members.

3. Thrust- Membership

We are powered to our destination by our membership. The more members we have the louder our voice! Members are our THRUST!

4. Passengers– Vets/Ret – AFAD/ANG/AFRES/Future

Our passengers are Veterans, retirees, family members, all who server today and those who will serve. AFSA is a fraternity and aim to make it stronger! Airmen and families are our MISSION.

What Makes AFSA Successful?(An Aircraft Analogy)

Air Force Sergeants Association


Life without afsa and the military coalition

  • 75%+ of (non-tech) Air Force lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.movedto the U.S. Army

  • Absence of a Montgomery G.I. Billor reduced benefits

  • Reduced tuition assistance

  • Commissary and BX benefits would be reduced

  • Health care would be more costly

  • Basic pay would be a fraction ofwhat it currently is

  • Allowances would be quite a bitless or non existent

  • Reimbursement for PCS moves would be less

  • Hazardous duty pay would bemuch lower or non existent

  • Dormitory standards would be much poorer

    • Single Airmen would probably still reside in open bay

Life without AFSA andThe Military Coalition

Air Force Sergeants Association


Questions

Visit the Chapter 1681 Website lobbying efforts, in addition to responses dictated by day‑to‑day events.

For the Latest News and Events

www.afsa1681.org

We’re on Facebook and Twitter too

Questions?

Air Force Sergeants Association