As a visitor to this website, you have some level of interest in U. S. Air Force aviation and history. If you have not done so, you might consider joining the Air Force Association (AFA). An AFA membership also makes an excellent gift for a child or grandchild, especially if he or she is interested in military aviation or ROTC. The Air Force Association is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(19), civilian organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. Browse the AFA Website and discover all it has to offer.

By becoming an Air Force Association member, you will receive 12 monthly issues of AIR FORCE Magazine and many other Member Benefits. Membership is open to Veterans of all military branches and their spouses, all active duty military and spouses, and other interested persons.

Every month AFA members receive AIR FORCE Magazine, the award winning publication that has been hailed by critics as, “the finest military aerospace magazine in the world!” AIR FORCE Magazine is one of the world's foremost publications in the fields of defense and aerospace. From Air Force operations, programs, and people to the exploits of Air Force heroes, AIR FORCE Magazine reports on important aerospace news and developments, and provides authoritative background material.

Every year the May issue of AIR FORCE Magazine is transformed into the Air Force Almanac. The Almanac alone is worth the price of membership because it provides you with a complete and handy:
• definitive desk-top reference on the Air Force, its people, organization, equipment, funding, activities, bases, and heroes;
• current compendium of all the major USAF Commands, Field Operating Agencies, Direct Reporting Units, and Air Force installations around the world;
• gallery of USAF weapons and command charts.

There are local AFA Chapters in every state, and each chapter conducts regular meetings and events. The easiest way to learn about chapter locations is to visit the AFA Chapter webpage.

Indiana AFA Chapters

Fort Wayne Chapter #143 (Fort Wayne, IN)
Central Indiana Chapter #150 (Indianapolis, IN)
Grissom Memorial Chapter #152 (Kokomo, IN)
Columbus-Bakalar Chapter #288 (Columbus, IN)
Southern Indiana Chapter #348 (Bloomington, IN)
Lawrence D. Bell Museum Chapter #411 (Mentone, IN)

Columbus-Bakalar Chapter #288
AFA Chapter #288 quarterly meetings are held at 7:00pm in the Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck Memorial Chapel, located on the Columbus (Indiana) Municipal Airport. The chapel is one of very few remaining original buildings from the WW II era, and is named after Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck, a WASP from Columbus. The chapel is located at the corner of Middle Road and Grissom Street, and is operated and carefully maintained by volunteers of the Atterbury/Bakalar Air Museum. For additional information about Atterbury Army Air Field/Bakalar Air Force Base (1942-1970), visit the Atterbury/Bakalar Air Museum website.