Air Force Association Frank Luke Chapter
AFA Frank Luke Chapter Arizona

SUPPORT and Recognition

Teacher of the Year, Grants and Awards

Teacher of the Year Program

Teachers do so much more than educate. They inspire, motivate, and nurture. AFA's unique Teacher of the Year Program rewards special teachers who help students see STEM education as an exciting adventure.


Click here for Application for Teacher of the Year

Eligibility Criteria: The candidate must be a former AFA State Teacher of the Year selected during the current or past academic year.

Nomination Package Components: The nomination form should be completed by State AEVP, signed by State President, attached to the front of the teacher materials, noted below, and submitted to AFA National at by 31 May.

The teacher should compile and submit to the Frank Luke Chapter Aerospace Education Vice President (AEVP) the following documents for the portfolio:

Contact: VP/AEROSPACE EDUCATION - Harry H. Bailey - - 623-695-2886 mobile - 623-846-7483 home

1. EDUCATIONAL HISTORY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This section must be in outline form, listing colleges and universities attended including post-graduate studies; indicating degrees earned and dates of attendance; and listing employment history indicating time period, grade level, and subject area. Outline should include professional association memberships and offices held; service on committees, commissions, and task forces; and other relevant activities. Leadership activities in staff development and the training of future teachers should be listed along with awards and other recognition. Response should be titled and limited to two (2) double-spaced pages.

2. PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY: This section should list the influencing factors in becoming a teacher. A description of greatest personal contributions and accomplishments in STEM education should also be included. Response should be titled and limited to two (2) double-spaced pages.

3. NATIONAL AEROSPACE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: This section should describe what message and/or platform the teacher would communicate to the teaching profession and to the public as the National Aerospace Teacher of the Year, serving as a spokesperson and representative for the entire teaching profession. Response should be titled and limited to one (1) double-spaced page.

4. THREE PAGES OF OTHER DOCUMENTATION: This section should include optional three pages of newspaper articles, other documents, and/or photos that include the teacher with students doing STEM activities (ensure students in photos have media release permission for use). 5. FOUR LETTERS OF SUPPORT: This section should include four recent letters of support: one must be from the AFA Chapter President, one must be from the AFA State President, and one must be from the superintendent or equivalent level administrator; and the fourth may be from a colleague, student/former student, parent, or community leader. The original letters should be incorporated as the last four pages of the portfolio. NOTE: An effective letter of support contains evidence of personal knowledge of the teacher and an indication of the qualities which would qualify the candidate to be the Air Force Association’s National Aerospace Teacher of the Year. Each letter should be limited to one (1) single-spaced page.

Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger received the Air Medal while assigned to the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam. The Dining Facility on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is named in his honor. The Piqua, Ohio native was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the NMUSAF)

Airman 1st Class William Pitsenbarger received the Air Medal while assigned to the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam. The Dining Facility on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is named in his honor. The Piqua, Ohio native was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the NMUSAF)

Pitsenbarger Awards

AFA salutes enlisted Airmen graduating from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) with plans to pursue a bachelor's degree. At CCAF graduation ceremonies each spring and fall, Pitsenbarger Awards are given out to selected top Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve graduates.


AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year Program

AFA supports AFROTC, AFJROTC, and Civil Air Patrol cadets as they develop into responsible citizens and the next generation of aerospace leaders. We are proud to provide an AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year medal to one cadet in each detachment, squadron, or unit. AFA is proud to support these future leaders with an award celebrating their remarkable accomplishments.



Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings Support

AFA is proud to provide more than $30,000 annually in support of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings. All cadets and students are also AFA members and many have close connections with their local AFA chapters.

Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization of ROTC cadets advocating the support of aerospace power. Silver Wings is a national, co-ed, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. 


Credit Union West Supports Local Leadership Development

Five Local High School Seniors Awarded $1,000 Scholarships

May 1, 2019 - The strength of a community depends on the quality of its leaders. To support the development of future leaders in Maricopa and Yavapai counties, Credit Union West has awarded five graduating high school seniors $1,000 scholarships to use toward college costs.

 The 2019 Credit Union West Scholarship recipients are:

·         Andrea Giacini, Sandra Day O’Conner High School

·         Samantha Latto, Centennial High School, JROTC

·         Sierra McConnell, BASIS Prescott Charter School

·         Taylor Kluge, Sunrise Mountain High School

·         Zackary Zertuche, Prescott High School, JROTC

 The scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, community service and overall character. Applicants were required to submit an essay on the role that personal finance plays in meeting career goals. Two of the selected recipients are Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students.

 “The cost of higher education is rising, and we want to help local high school graduates take this important step in their personal career and economic development,” said Karen Roch, President and CEO of Credit Union West.

 The credit union is working to be part of the solution to rising education costs. Across the United States, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2018–2019 school year was $9,716 for state residents at public college and $35,676 at private colleges, up from the 2017-2018 averages, according to data in an annual survey by U.S. News.1

 Roch added, “There were so many impressive candidates this year that I’m confident our future is in capable hands. Congratulations to the deserving 2019 Scholarship recipients!”

 This is the sixth year that the credit union has offered scholarships to Maricopa and Yavapai County high school graduates. In their pursuit to help more local graduates continue their education, Credit Union West has provided $22,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program.

 About Credit Union West: Established in 1951, Credit Union West serves more than 69,000 members and is the watchful steward of $714 million in assets.  As a member-owned, not-for-profit organization, the credit union not only provides members and neighbors the resources to achieve and maintain financial health but also gives back to the community, actively supporting non-profits that serve the military, veterans, first responders, their families and others. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or worships in Maricopa and Yavapai counties. Credit Union West has earned the highest 5-star rating from Bauer Financial, Inc., was named Air Force Credit Union of the Year in 2018 and is a seven-time Top Company to Work for in Arizona honoree.  The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Allan Switalski at 602.631.3426 or email


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