Welcome to the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) website!
September 2017 “Convention-at-Sea”
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”.
WHO WE ARE
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:
Click 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 2017.
N 30th Anniversary Founders’ Day Banquet, San Antonio, TX, October 22, 2016
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Founder’s Day Banquet 2016Â Pictures
SAFN Arlington Remembrance Program
On December 8th, 2016, approximately 60 active duty, Guard, Reserve, retired and former Air Force nurses plus family members and friends met at Arlington National Cemetery for a semi-annual Arlington Remembrance Program. Brigadier General Sarah P. “Sally” Wells, the seventh Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, started this tradition soon after she retired in 1982. In 1986 when the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) was created, it became part of the Society’s Memorial Program.
It has evolved over the past 30 plus years, as well as the number of nurses being remembered has grown from a handful initially to 155 today. The program starts at Section #21, the Nurses Section, where there are 26 Air Force or WW II United States Army Air Corps Flight Nurses buried. The attendees gather at the base of the Nurses Statue which overlooks the graves of the hundreds of nurses buried there. There is a group recitation of the poem, “She Was There,” by Duane Jaeger, RN; it is modified to read “They Were There” since it is a group remembrance ceremony. Then holiday wreaths decorated in silver and blue, the Air Force’s colors, are placed at each of the graves. Afterwards, the large group divides up into five smaller groups to distribute the remaining 130 tributes to the graves and niches spread throughout 40 of the 76 Sections that currently comprise Arlington.
During May of each year, the same Ceremony is repeated in recognition of National Nurses Week (May 06 -12) and Memorial Day. Family members from Ohio, West Virginia, and South Carolina joined those of us from the National Capital Area (DC, MD and VA).
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WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW???
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?
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?
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 Sharing” is our mission and our Society is built on the following three pillars: Outreach – Memorial – 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
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!
FUN and SUPPORT are GUARANTEED!
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.
You may contact SAFN at ContactUs@safn.org