Air Force Association Cancels Convention (Sept. 13)
ARLINGTON, Va.---In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, the Air Force Association (AFA) Executive Committee has decided to cancel the AFA National Convention and Aerospace Exposition scheduled for September 16-19, 2001, in Washington, D.C. AFA Delegate, Board and Committee meetings planned for September 14-16, 2001 were also canceled.
"We totally agree with the President's comments that the United States will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them,'' AFA National Chairman of the Board Thomas J. McKee said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the attacks and their families.''
"We stand with the nation's elected leaders and with our armed forces in the determination that we will not rest until those who conducted the attack have been identified and dealt with relentlessly,'' McKee added. "We must be prepared to sustain this operation however long and wherever it may take us.''
The Air Force Association is an independent, nonprofit, civilian organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. Next week's AFA Convention would have been the 54th in its history. Plans for rescheduling the Aerospace Exposition have not yet been determined.
Association officials said that Convention cancellation was regrettable but that the interruption in air travel and freight made it next to impossible for AFA delegates, visitors and exhibitors to arrive at the event.