by James Branch, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
For the past five decades, the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) has advocated for one of the U.S. Air Force’s most important assets, its past and present enlisted force and their families.
The AFSA Chapter 452 (the Chapter) at Dobbins Air Reserve Base (Dobbins ARB) in Marietta, Georgia, strives to carry out the AFSA mission, advocating improved quality of life and economic fairness that will support the well-being of its enlisted personnel at the grassroots level through various activities.
The Chapter is involved with the Dobbins leadership, and is always looking at ways to help improve the quality of life of Airmen and their families, especially those in financial need or deployed.
The Chapter helps sponsor and participates in the Warriors’ Golf Tournament organized by the Dobbins Chiefs Group to raise funds for our enlisted members. Along with donating to Dobbins causes, the Chapter members also volunteer in fundraising efforts by other organizations on base.
The Chapter was an integral part in founding, funding, and memorializing the Dobbins POW/MIA Memorial Park. It has provided funding and personnel to support base activities and groups, recognized Airmen achievements, provided food and funds for holiday meals, and hosted an annual cookout for Air Force Reservists.
“Membership makes a difference,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) Angel L. Almodovar, president of the Chapter. “There’s strength in numbers. AFSA is 100,000 members strong. AFSA leadership advocates, educates, and legislates in Congress and with military and local leaders to keep you protected and up to date on issues, laws and regulations that strongly affect your earned benefits, services, and family support.”
“Your membership gives you access to career and professional development resources, educational scholarships, local and global amenities, opportunities to join others to give back within your local military communities, plus Mission Partner discounts, rewards and membership perks,” Almodovar continued.
Chartered in the early 1980s, the Chapter is part of AFSA Division 2 that comprises Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Chapter covers the Atlanta area and northern Georgia, and currently has about 900 assigned members. It has a long history at Dobbins ARB.
Some of the AFSA national legislative priorities for 2019-2020 include Military Healthcare; Education; Military Pay and Benefits; Benefits and Programs for Military Families; Caring for Survivors; and Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Veteran and Retiree Benefits. The Chapter members also monitor activities of Georgia’s legislature as it relates to service members living in Georgia.
AFSA membership is $36.00 per year. Two-year, three-year, and lifetime memberships also are available. To become a member, visit http://www.hqafsa.org and register online. Please select Chapter 452 as your local chapter.
“We need more active members to fill officer board positions, and to assist and represent the chapter at different activities, such as community ceremonies, Jr. ROTC presentations, and fundraising events,” said Almodovar. “You don’t have to be a member to attend our meetings, but membership dues are important to support Chapter needs and your growth as an officer in AFSA.”
The Chapter meets once a quarter at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the last month of the quarter. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for December 4, 2019 and March 4, 2020 at the Consolidated Club, Dobbins ARB. The Chapter also participates in division and national level AFSA conferences held throughout the year.
Current AFSA Chapter 452 board members are Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Angel L. Almodovar, president, Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) David Curtis, vice president, Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Fred Gaines, legislative chairman, and Senior Master Sgt. Cinthia Webb, Airmen Activities/Family Affairs chairman.
Please contact Angel L. Almodovar at (404) 747-7324, or David Curtis at (770) 517-7668, if you have any questions about the AFSA or Chapter 452.