About Us

The Northeast Texas, Chapter 416 of the Air &  Space Forces Association (AFA) is a non‐profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association that promotes public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. We educate the public about national defense, how to support the United States Air Force & United States Space Force, the Air & Space Forces family, and Aerospace Education. Our chapter represents Northeast Texas from Rockwall, East to Arkansas, North to Oklahoma and south to Palestine.

We are the recipients of numerous National and State awards including the prestigious AFA Texas Chapter of the Year and AFA National Community Partner Gold Award for excellence in partnering with our communities to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. We do this through support of robotics, CyberPatriot, and numerous other educational programs as well as offer student scholarships for programs as well as offer an annual essay contest for high school seniors. We also aid in guiding teachers, Civil Air Patrol, and others to grants and scholarships offered by AFA National.

The chapter works hard to encourage and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities in the local area.  We have supported robotics, early college training classes, CyberPatriot, solar car programs, and much more.

The Air & Space Forces Association is the voice for aerospace power and the Air & Space Forces family. We connect service members, and the total Force family, through professional development, unique programs, and support initiatives before, during, and beyond their time in uniform. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Send us a note at TX416.Northeast.President@netxafa.org or give us a call: 903‐274‐9981.

Our mission is to promote dominant U.S. Air & Space Forces as the foundation of a strong National Defense; to honor and support our Airmen, Guardians, and their Families; and to remember and respect our enduring Heritage. To accomplish this, we:

Educate the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.

Advocate for aerospace power and STEM education.

Support the total Air Force family, and promote aerospace education.

  • OUR MISSION
  • EDUCATE
  • ADVOCATE
  • SUPPORT
Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a note at president@netxafa.org or give us a call at (903) 274-9981

Our Organization

Northeast Texas, AFA Chapter 416 is led by volunteer leaders. The chapter’s parent organizations are AFA Texas and AFA National. We hold elections and conduct programs to increase public understanding of key national security issues in our communities.  The chapter works hard to encourage and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and education in our area.  We have supported school robotics, early college training programs, CyberPatriot, solar car programs, and much more.  Please check out what we do, how we make a difference, and come support us by becoming a member, working alongside us, or by contributing in a way you can.  We welcome you to check us out and provide suggestions on how our work can be more impactful.

Officers of Northeast Texas, AFA Chapter 416

Vance Clarke, CMSgt (ret)– President
TX416.Northeast.President@afa.org

Tom Bailey – VP Leadership Development
t.bailey@yahoo.com

Vance Clarke – VP Communications
vanceclarke1@gmail.com

Ted Oats, LtCol (ret) – Vice President
cowboyoats@yahoo.com

Terry Thomas – VP Community Partners
rowdychief@yahoo.com

Chuck Meador – VP Civil Air Patrol Support
golfnchief@yahoo.com

Vance Clarke – Treasurer
TX416.Northeast.Treasurer@afa.org

Michael Burket – Secretary
TX416.Northeast.Secretary@afa.org

Heidi Ratliff – VP Veterans Affairs
ratliffk@sbcglobal.net

Our Parent Organizations

Texas Air Force Association (AFA‐TX)

The state organization acts as the focal point and unifying element for all of the AFA chapters located throughout the great state of Texas. AFA‐TX presently has 12 chapters and over 10,000 members and extends from Abilene on the North to McAllen on the South and Houston on the East to San Angelo on the West.

Visit AFA‐TX website for more information.

Air Force Association (AFA)

At the national level, the Air Force Association (AFA) publishes Air Force Magazine, conducts national symposia and disseminates information through outreach programs. It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs.

Visit the AFA website for more information.

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Spring Thing Banquet

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