The Langley AFA Chapter hosted Maj Gen Thomas Deale as our speaker for the first in a series of Leadership Luncheons in 2016. As the Director of Operations for Air Combat Command, he oversees the operational planning, training, and C2 of the Combat Air Forces. Maj Gen Deale offered candid comments on worldwide Air Force operations from his unique perspective. From combat operations in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly complex with Russian involvement, to the ramifications of a Chinese airbase on a sandbar in the South China Sea, the application of airpower worldwide is a challenging and complex task for Air
Combat Command. At the same time, ACC is working through rated manpower shortages, total force integration, and training issues for increasingly high-end combat. The challenges are not going away and the next few years are pivotal to the future of the Air Force.
We were please to host a number of Air Force ROTC cadets and junior enlisted personnel from the various wings assigned to Langley. It was easy to see that youth is the key to the future of our Air Force and the Air Force Association. Happy Birthday AFA ... 70 this year! MORE PICTURES