About Gabriel Chapter

Air Force Association, Chapter #433

Message from the Chapter President

This is my first letter to you since taking office as President of the Gabriel Chapter. I want to express my sincere appreciation to the membership for their vote of confidence and installing a great team of new officers for the Gabriel Chapter. Together, we are committed to fulfilling the mission of the Chapter and the Association with energy, integrity and dedication. I am pleased to report to the membership that our new EXCOM team has hit the ground running. The first three months have really flown by and your Chapter has held some very successful programs and events.

In October, we held a luncheon at Falcons Landing in Potomac Falls, VA. Our guest speaker was Maj Gen Marc H. Sasseville, Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (A-3), Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Maj Gen Sasseville gave a great update on the Air Force to our members and the Falcons Landing community. In October, Chapter Treasurer and Virginia AFA VP of Aerospace Education Dallas Kennedy and I attended the Virginia AFA Quarterly Meeting in Virginia Beach.

For our lunch meeting in November, at Clyde's at Tysons Corner, our guest speaker was Col (Dr.) Mark "Mav" Mavity, AF/SG Special Assistant for Invisible Wounds and Wounded Warrior Programs. Dr. Mavity gave us a great briefing on what the Medical Corps is doing in TBI/PTSD research, TRICARE 2017 changes, and MHS Genesis (the new DoD electronic health record). We will have AF/SG come back to give us a future update on what is happening in the Air Force Medical Service.

In December, a number of Gabriel Chapter members provided support to the AFCEA Air, Space and Cyber IT Day, which was a great success. Our December Holiday Lunch was again held at Clyde's in Tysons Corner with guest speaker Col (ret) Buz Carpenter, a docent at the Air Space Museum. Buz briefed us on the history and development of the SR-71 Blackbird - still the fastest plane in the world.

I know all who attended really enjoyed his presentation, which included videos. On Saturday, December 17th, a team of 12 members from your Chapter braved the ice and freezing rain to work a truck at Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Despite horrible weather conditions, in a matter of hours wreaths were placed on every grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Great credit goes to our VP Pat Rocke, who did all the prep work for and led our team at the event.

Although we are honored to have an energetic cadre of volunteers working on a variety of activities to serve you and the community, there are many upcoming opportunities for you to join in to help. To achieve our goals as a chapter, I want to encourage each member to participate and make a difference. We still have some open appointed positions on the EXCOM. If you have an interest in serving the goals of our chapter and the AFA, please let me hear from you. A little or a lot - it doesn't matter - you can be a part of this great tradition that is the AFA.

Our next Chapter luncheon will be on January 11th at Clyde's in Tysons Corner. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Frank Konieczny, SES, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Mr. K spoke at previous meeting a couple of years ago and gives a great presentation.

In closing, please remember our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are away from home during this holiday season. My wife Ann and I wish all of you and your families a wonderful and safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2017.

Joe Burke

President, General Charles A. Gabriel Chapter
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President / USAFR/Ret

Joe Burke

Our chapter exists to support the mission of the Air Force Association -- to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.


Former Chief of Staff USAF/Ret

General Charles A. Gabriel

General Charles A. "Charlie" Gabriel, a widely-heralded fighter pilot and distinguished combat leader, a revered mentor, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff from 1982-1986.


EXCOM Senior Member / USAFR/Ret

Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla

Lt Gen Mike Basla, previously served as the Chief of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Basla was responsible for integrating Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities in air, space and cyberspace. He previously served as Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Gabriel Chapter Roster

Key Officers & Chapter Leadership

Gen (Ret.) Ralph "Ed" Eberhart

President Emeritus

Joe Burke


Mike Winters

Vice President

John "Dallas" Kennedy


Jack Diamond


Ron Cournoyer

VP Membership & Community Partners

Rick Larson

VP Salute & Military Affairs

Brad Wilkins

VP Aerospace Education


VP Chapter Events

Sam Shelton

VP for Chapter Communications


VP Leadership Development

Filip daSilva



VP Awards and Recognition

Bob Austin

VP Veterans Affairs

Lee Rizzo

VP Government Affairs

Gina Giles

EXCOM Member

Pat Rock

EXCOM Member


EXCOM Member

Constitution and Bylaws


The official name of this Chapter shall be the General Charles A. Gabriel Chapter of the Virginia State Air Force Association. It may also be referred to as the Gabriel Chapter.

ARTICLE II (Objectives)

The Air Force Association provides an organization through which we, as free people, may unite to address the defense responsibilities of our nation imposed by the many advances in aerospace technology that have been, and will continue to be made; to educate the members and the public at large as to what that technology can contribute to the security of free people and the betterment of mankind; and to advocate and support military preparedness of the United States and its allies adequate to maintain the security of the United States and the free world.


The Chapter shall be civilian and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles, or for the promotion of candidacy of any person seeking office or preferment, or for any other personal or commercial gain.

The Chapter shall operate exclusively for the purposes specified in AFA's Articles of Incorporation, and shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Upon dissolution of the Chapter assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

ARTICLE IV (Membership)

Section 1. Eligibility. A member of the Association shall be deemed to be a member of this Chapter if they shall either have filed application for such membership with this Chapter, or shall have been assigned to this Chapter through automatic affiliation, or shall have paid their AFA dues through, or credited the same to, this Chapter. Members in good standing may transfer their affiliation to any Chapter of the Association. No member of this Chapter may be a member of any other Chapter at the same time. No person may join the Chapter without first being a member of the Air Force Association.

Section 2. Community Partners. A company or business that wishes to support the aims of the Air Force Association for greater community understanding of the need for aerospace power in the defense of the nation may apply for affiliation with the Air Force Association and the Steele Chapter as an AFA Community Partner.

Section 3. Vacancies. In case of vacancy in any elected office, it shall be filled by appointment of the President for the remainder of the unexpired term and thereafter until a successor is elected, except that in the case of vacancy occurring in the office of President, the office shall be assumed by the elected Vice President.

ARTICLE VI (Chapter Meetings)

Section 1. The Chapter shall meet at least quarterly. The election of officers shall occur once every two years in the third quarter of the second Operating Year. Special meetings may be called by the president, by majority vote of the Chapter Council, or upon written request of not less than ten (10) of its members.

Section 2. Quorum. A quorum shall consist of ten (10) members present.

Section 3. Notice of Meetings. Members will be notified of regular meetings by email or other verified method. Members will be notified of a special meeting, by e-mail or other verified method, no less than fourteen (14) days prior to a special meeting.

Section 4. Voting. Each member in good standing of the Chapter shall be entitled to one vote in all proceedings.


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