Preserving History and Heritage

Each year, AAFM contributes to the preservation of the missileer heritage and contributes to the missileer community through our grants and awards.

Missile Heritage Grant Program

Missile Heritage Grant Program - Each year, AAFM provides $10,000 or more to museums for missile displays. To date, we have funded more than $290,000 in projects at more than 30 museums. We honor members who have passed away in the year before the grants are awarded by providing the grants in their memory.

Members - If you are aware of a museum with missile displays that is not on our mailing list for grant applications, let us know and we will add the museum.

Museums - We mail applications in October of each year. We recommend that you request grants in the $1,000 - $3,000 range, to allow us to fund several grants per year.  Specific instructions are included in the applications we mail to you each year. To See a list of Grants AAFM has provided and members honored click here.

2019 Missile Heritage Grants

A committee of three board members, Bob Parker, Jock Dodson and Mike Kenderes reviewed eight applications for 2019 grants. We funded 5 of the 8 grants for a total $10,520.

The 2019 projects we funded were:

  • $540 to the Jacksonville Museum of Military History for motion-activated audio players to be installed in their two RFHCO displays
  • $3,000 to the National Museum of Nuclear Science for their Minuteman I Restoration and Erection Project
  • $3,480 to the SAC & Aerospace Museum for a new title banner and new mannequin display cases
  • $2,000 to Museum of the Western Prairie for an interactive console for their Atlas F display
  • $1,500 to Vermont National Guard Military Library & Museum for key exhibit of 556th SMS (Atlas F)

When you visit one of these museums, ensure you stop by and tell the leadership that you are an AAFM member and a supporter of our grant program. You have provided over a quarter million dollars to museums since 1993.

Members Honored

The 2019 grants were provided in memory of the members that passed away since our last grant cycle and are:

SSGt George Kovach

Lt Col James Luekemeier

SMSgt Ben McAnsh

Lt Col Bruce “Scotty” MacIntyre

Lt Col Thomas N. Resha Jr.

MSgt Pablo Sanchez Jr.

Kevin D. Walsh

Major Steve Brooks

Major William A. Christians

Capt Stuart M. Foss

Col Michael Heinmeyer

Dan Lawrence

Lt Col Herbert S. Schaeffer

Lt Col (Chaplain) James O. Sheerin

Col William Albro

Lt Col Tony Anthony

Lt Col David Bates

Lt Col Paul Curtis

Rod Gaither

Capt Marty Kearsey

CMSgt Danny G. Pitkin

Col Edward P Westwood

SMSgt John Yuhas

CMSgt David F. Cashman

Lt Col William E. Finley

Lt Col John Godby

Capt Robert Howley

TSgt Harold W. Leonard

Maj Robert W. Thompson

MSgt Calvin Wiest


For the list of grants and members honored to date, click here



General Samuel Phillips Award for Operations

AAFM Award Programs

General Samuel Phillips Award for Operations

Originally awarded annually by Air Force Space Command and now by Air Force Global Strike Command, to the outstanding missile operations squadron. General Phillips was a pioneer in intercontinental ballistic missile development.

The Colonel Edward Payne Award for Maintenance

Originally awarded annually by Air Force Space Command to the missile maintenance squadron that does the most to improve the quality of life for maintenance technicians. In 2008, AFSPC changed the award to a series of individual awards for outstanding maintenance personnel, and in 2009, the award was transitioned to the new Air Force Global Strike Command.

Colonel Payne, who passed away in 2010, served both at Vandenberg and Ellsworth as a missile maintenance squadron commander and Deputy Commander for Maintenance.

Mailing address:

PO Box 652

Johnstown, Colorado 80534 

The Association of Air Force Missileers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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