ANA is the United States Navy’s official charity, providing financial support and assistance to active duty and retired Naval Aviators. Incorporated in 1956 as a 501(c)(3), ANA manages an annual giving program of over $1.5 million (2010).
The principal activity is fundraising for the long-term capital needs of Naval Air Station Pensacola including the Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) and the National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMA). The association also provides scholarships to Naval aviation cadets graduating from AFA-209 at NAS Pensacola; assists injured/ill aviators with monetary grants; furnishes recreational equipment and supplies to patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC; and furnishes recreational equipment to disabled children at the Naval Hospital Pensacola. Additionally, ANA provides funding for aviation-related programs of other major commands, installations, and activities to preserve a strong heritage and promote esprit de corps.
Based on an agreement between the United States Navy Bureau of Personnel and members of the ANA the Board authorized the establishment of six subordinate chapters: The West Coast Region; Chicago Region; Southeast Region; Norfolk Region; Hawaii Region, and the Gulf Coast Region. The West Coast Chapter has since been disestablished and is no longer part of ANA.
Board members are designated by the Commanding Officer, Naval Air Training & Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS), or his/her designee to serve as Chapter Representatives for each region in which they have significant contacts. With this exception, board membership is voluntary. Board members may be active-duty officers or former Navy jet pilots who served on active duty before 1 July 1962, with a minimum of 14 years of service. Designated chapter representatives must be eligible for the position of commander or lieutenant commander to qualify for board membership.
Each year in June, each chapter elects its leadership consisting of a President, First Vice President (who is also the Regional Director), Treasurer, and Secretary. The Regional Directors have not been elected since 2000.
The ANA Board consists of six officers: President, Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer; each officer may be an active or retired Naval Aviator who served on active duty before July 1962 with a minimum of 14 years service. Designated chapter representatives must be eligible for the position of commander or lieutenant commander to qualify for board membership. These will total twenty-three people including three alternates for positions held by Navy jet pilots.
Active Representatives serve two-year terms while those designated from the retired community serve three-year terms. If any member of the Board fails to fulfill his/her responsibilities, the Secretary will send a written notice to that effect. The letter will formally ask for resignation and if not received within fourteen days of mailing, the Administrative Committee may vote removal from office by concurrence vote.
The primary event held by ANA each year is our annual banquet which is held in late May or early June at Naval Air Facility Washington-Dulles (formerly Andrews AFB). Held since 1959, it is attended by 1000s of aviation enthusiasts from around the world as well as Navy jet pilots and their families. Activities have included business meetings; recognition dinners for Naval Aviators with long service records spanning over fifty years; reunions hosted by chapters in major cities; association with other organizations including the Navy League, VFW, and American Legion; aviation awards ceremonies honoring distinguished chapters and individuals for outstanding achievements in Naval aviation.