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Welcome to the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) website!

Celebrating our 30 year anniversary!  1986-2016

New members are always welcome and may join our organization at any time.  If you have ever served (or are currently serving) as a commissioned Air Force Nurse, whether Active, Reserve or Guard you are eligible for membership. Celebrate your profession and your unique Air Force experience! Share memories, find old friends and make new ones!  Click on the tab above titled “Join/Renewals”.


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The Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) is an incorporated non-profit, 501(c) (19) Veterans organization. It was organized in 1986 to provide social opportunities and to network, share information and provide assistance to Air Force Nurses. Membership eligibility includes registered nurses who currently serve or who have served for any length of time either in the USAF Nurse Corps (Active Duty/Reserve/Guard), former Air Force Nurse Corps who were transferred to the Biomedical Science Corps or those who served in the US Army Air Corps as WWII Flight Nurses.

MEMBERSHIP LOCATIONS The Society has members in every state and in many foreign countries. Members include Retired, Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, previous and current Corps Chiefs, veterans of World War II, some who were Prisoners of War, and veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars, and Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). We have members in seven geographical regions within the US. Each region has a regional director who guides the activities within that region. The regions include the following:


Pacific Region Rocky Mountain Region
North Central Region South Central Region
East Central Region North East Region
South East Region

2014RegMapClick on Map for larger view! Members are also located in Asia, Europe, the Pacific and Canada for a total membership of approximately 1500 as of 2015.



Do you ever wonder about the friends you met in basic training or during that first assignment, and where they might be now?

What about the one who helped you with your first overseas assignment or that special friend who mentored you in your career regardless of how brief or long your career was?

MentorsClick on image for slideshow!

How about your fellow flyers? Those individuals who flew with you on those long back-to-back aeromedical evacuation missions? Do you know where some of your C7a, C-121, C-130, C-131, C-141, C-9, C-17 or Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) members are?

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Eileen Hadbavny in the blue flight suit and the 31 AES patch. Eileen was MCD.

“This was the FAA certifying flight for the 767 CRAF AES Testing done in March 1991.  I was one of 4 nurses.  We flew from E systems in Greenville TX to McGuire AFB and back.  The patients were basic trainees on their first ‘TDY’ “

Would you like to reminisce with the folks who got you through those tough duty days in the ASF, ICU, ER, OB, or in the OR and on the units?

Or give thanks to that special advanced practice nurse who got you started on the road to obtaining your specialty degree assignment in anesthesia or as a practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist?

And where is that special Charge Nurse, Evening Supervisor, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, MTF Commander, Chief Nurse or Command Nurse?

These questions could be answered as well as finding some of your comrades through the Society of Air Force Nurses!

We have so much in common, not just our proud nursing profession, but also our profession of arms and our unique Air Force experiences. And you know what? It doesn’t matter if you were in for one tour or a whole career, if you were AD, Guard or in the Reserves, if it was as long ago as WWII or as recent as Operation Enduring Freedom – everyone is welcome here!

Still Caring…Still Sharingis our mission and our Society is built on the following three pillars: OutreachMemorial – and of course, Socializing.

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We meet our mission by concentrating our efforts in the following areas: Outreach, Memorial, Membership, Newsletter, Website/Social Media and History. We preserve our proud history and memories via articles and photos collected and cataloged in our regional scrapbooks that are shared during our many social gatherings such as our biennial National Conventions, biennial Regional meeting and periodic Chapter social gatherings.

1977 Class OB-GYN NP

1977 OB-GYN NP Class

Cathy Pluta (2nd from right) 

SAFN is also the first medical/nursing partner to join the United States Vietnam War Commemorative Partnership Program. A wonderful induction ceremony was held at our National Convention in Portland ME.

Check out the following link for additional information: Vietnam Commemorative Partnership Program

All these activities continue to weave our members together in a network of communication, support and comradery. Our members celebrate life, celebrate their comrades and celebrate their Society!

Come check us out and join a great organization! Get involved! Celebrate your profession and your unique Air Force experience! Share your expertise, your talents and your memories. Find old friends and make new ones! We promise to make your experience worthwhile!


Additional information on our Society can be found on the SAFN History page. For information on what is available on this home page, please click on the link SAFN Website Tutorial for an introduction to both the Public page and the Members Only private site.

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You may contact SAFN at

National Officers

Pat Chappell
Colorado Springs, CO

Kay Fryman
Vice President
Springfield, OH

Sally Glover
Springfield, VA

Terri Page
San Antonio, TX