Sam Johnson Chapter

The Air & Space Forces Association promotes a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and honors Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, AFA:
  • EDUCATES the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  • ADVOCATES for aerospace power and STEM education.
  • SUPPORTS the total Air Force family and aerospace education.
The Sam Johnson Chapter currently has approximately 700 members located in an area roughly defined by Dallas, Collin, and southeastern Denton counties. We are one of 12 chapters in the Texas AFA, which has more than 10,000 members.

The Sam Johnson Chapter concentrates its efforts on supporting scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Specifically, the chapter supports:

- The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadrons in the area, providing scholarships to deserving cadets as they learn to fly powered aircraft and gliders.

- The chapter also conducts a Teacher of the Year contest, seeking to find the elementary, middle or secondary school teacher who has "gone the extra mile" to interest his/her students in STEM subjects.

- The chapter is participating in a program, known as CyberPatriot, which involves high school students in teams to compete at the national level for awards in the field of cyber defense.

- Congressman Sam Johnson Air Force Junior ROTC Scholarships provide a $2000 college scholarship to each of the outstanding AFJROTC graduates from the twelve high schools in our area which offer AFJROTC programs, and who intend to enroll in ROTC in college.

- Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) gives high schools students opportunities to develop leadership skills in a patriotic education environment that will serve them well throughout their lives.

- The Air Force JROTC (AFJROTC) Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is an optional summer program that teaches AFJROTC cadet’s aspects of citizenship and leadership in a highly structured and focused instructional environment.

- Wounded Airman Program provides life-changing assistance to seriously wounded, ill, and injured Airmen, Guardians, and their families.

For more information about the Sam Johnson Chapter Education Programs click on Education Programs.

How the Dallas Chapter Started

Bob Seidel

The chapter was originally named in honor of Bob and Helen Seidel. Bob began serving his country during World War II. At the age of 17, Bob joined the Army Air Forces and trained to become a B-24 Flight Engineer/Turret Gunner. After training, Bob was deployed to the European Theater. He flew his first combat mission in July 1944, and continued to fly combat missions over Germany in hopes he would reach the magical 35th mission; unfortunately, on 16 November 1944, on his 32nd mission, Bob and his crew were shot down. Bob was captured and was incarcerated in a prison camp until liberated by the Russians on 19 April 1945.

Bob participated continuously in the Dallas Chapter 232 until his death on 23 May 2007. He served in many leadership roles for the Chapter and AFA Texas. Bob's wife, Helen, was "THE BEDROCK" of the chapter serving in Chapter and AFA Texas leadership roles until her death on 15 June 2015.

Helen Seidel