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All Expenses Paid to Attend Air Warfare Symposium, Orlando, FL
We are very pleased to announce our annual "Essay Contest” which rewards three winners with an all expenses paid trip to the next Air Warfare Symposium (AWS) in Orlando, Florida on 26-28 February 2020. AFA Langley Chapter will cover airfare, hotel and the Thursday evening BBQ event. Further AWS event details can be found at
To be eligible, you must be an AFA member. Not a current AFA member, please join us at under the "Membership” section. If you are joining AFA for the first time, we are pleased to offer you a special $20 introductory rate to learn more about what AFA has to offer.
This year’s essay focuses on "What makes our USAF the best air force in the world?” We will announce the winners at our December Chapter Luncheon.
Please complete the attached form by providing your contact information, answering the essay question in 400-600 words or less, and returning your entry to NLT Friday, 23 November. A group of CMSgts from our local wings will judge the entries and select our three winners.

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