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Pinup America: A Cultural Enigma by Donald L. Gilleland
It is not unusual to hear someone yearn for "the good old days." For senior citizens that usually means the 1950s or 1960s. Others almost certainly have a different perspective.

America: A Cultural Enigma by AFPAAA Member Don Gilleland suggests that the good old days may not have been as good as the reader remembers. From the vantage point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, Gilleland offers individual observations of seismic changes to our culture that have dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years. Whether the reader is a senior citizen looking back at life through a rear view mirror, a young adult contemplating an incomprehensible future, or a teenager studying history, this book will appeal to each from a different perspective.

To learn more or to order from Amazon.Com click HERE

Pinup BGen (Sel) Cook Replaces Kodlick as SAFPA Dir
(UPDSATE) March 11, 2014 - Air Force Col. Kathleen A. Cook, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Cook is currently serving as the director, public affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

January 25, 2014 - Colonel Kathleen Cook, Air Force Space Command's PA director, will replace BGen Les Kodlick as USAF Director of Public Affairs following Kodlick's retirement on 28 February 2014.

In an announcement to USAF PA's, BGen Kodlick said,

"Colonel Cook is a superlative PA who is well respected around the Air Force and across the career field; her leadership and command experience are downright impressive. She has led at the Joint, MAJCOM, and Wing levels and commanded at the group and squadron. Many of you also will be interested to know she started her career as an enlisted Airman Musician trumpet player; how cool is that!

There are many opportunities and challenges ahead for our Air Force, and the demand signal for what we do as communication professionals continues to grow. Commanders and senior leaders increasingly recognize the value, importance and mission impact of public affairs and they want more of it. This fact, combined with the positive and dynamic changes in our profession, calls for a strong leader to see us through. I'm certain Colonel Cook is that leader. She's smart, astute, direct and most importantly she cares deeply about Airmen and our profession. You'll know what's on her mind, and she'll challenge you to be your best."

Pinup Centurion Fund Aids Endowment
A few years ago the AFPAAA Board of Directors challenged a committee made up of Charlie Powers, C B Kelly and our late friend John Gulick to develop a way to promote more awareness of and add to the coffers of AFPAAA's Endowment Fund.

Thus, the Centurions were born.

To become a Centurion members simply donate $100 to the AFPAAA Endowment Fund. In return, at the next annual meeting, one Centurion donor's name will be drawn and he or she will receive a full refund of their annual meeting registration fee. (The refund can be applied to the current or next annual meeting.)

It is hoped that the public drawing and attendent publicity will attract further contributions. If even half of each meeting's attendees join the Centurions, the program would earn about $5000 per annual meeting, a substantial addition to the foundation.

For Annual Meeting reservation and registration details go to Annual Meeting

To make a Centurion donation: Send your check for $100.00 (payable to Endowment Fund) to: AFPAAA Centurions, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 447, Locust Grove, VA 22508-0447. Be sure to clearly mark your check "Centurion"

Pinup Online Newsletter Delivery Saves $'s
You can help reduce AFPAAA's printing and mailing costs by "subscribing" to On-line Delivery of the association's quarterly newsletter.

Here's how it works. The same day a Newsletter is sent to the printer, you will receive a brief "Publication Alert" e-mail that contains a link from which you can immediately download the new Newsletter as a PDF file.  Most computers have the Adobe PDF Reader software installed. If you do not, we provide a link for a FREE download. It's that simple!

You can sign up for On-line Delivery at the Member Update page.

Not convinced? Here's what some current subscribers said . . .

"The PDF newsletter is great. The photographs look even better on the computer than they do in print," says charter on-line subscriber Ted Daniel.

"This is a win-win solution," according to Tom Halbert, "I now get the newsletter ... weeks earlier and the AFPAAA no longer is stuck for postage."

Sam Giammo says, "It works fine for me!  This is a good idea, considering the cost of printing and mailing."

Join the 100+ members who already subscribe on-line. Sign up today. Go to the Member Update page.

Remember, when you subscribe, you will not get the newsletter via "snail mail" but, you will help AFPAAA save money, and you'll get the newsletter weeks earlier too!

Pinup Annual Meeting Site Selection - How to suggest a site
At the 2002 annual meeting, the membership approved a policy that - effective in 2005 - annual AFPAAA conference sites will be suggested and awarded on a bid basis. Any member interested in hosting an annual conference should download the Annual Conference Application Instructions and complete the Annual Conference Application form.

Instructions and an Application can be downloaded as PDF files HERE.

Any questions or concerns about the process should be sent to:
Annual Meeting Committee



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