The Air Force C4 Association (AFC4A) was formally chartered on 1 November 1990 as a non-profit organization.  The Association held its first meeting at the Bolling AFB Officers Club on 6 November 1990.

Objectives and Purpose 

The Association was formed to serve two primary objectives:

  1. To preserve and promote the camaraderie and the collegial relationship of all those who formerly served in the functional community of the U.S. Air Force commonly referred to as “command and control, communications and computer (C4)” and
  2. To promote the well-being and the best interests of those currently and actively serving in the Air Force C4 community.  Underlying these two objectives is the fundamental reason to exist:  to enhance the Air Force mission by striving to improve the effectiveness of C4 systems and the personnel that acquire, manage, operate and maintain them. 

In May 2002 the Air Force reorganized the traditional C4 communities and included elements of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, modeling and simulation.  Thus the Deputy Chief of Staff, Warfighting Integration (DCS/XI) was created.  Our Association embraced this change and elected to extend membership opportunities to those personnel who have served  in the DCS/XI organization .


Persons eligible to join the AFC4A are those who have formerly and honorably served in the functional community of the U. S. Air Force commonly referred to as “C4”.  This includes Department of the Air Force (DAF) commissioned officers, warrant officers, enlisted members and DAF civilians.  Active duty Air Force military personnel and DAF civilians serving in the C4 disciplines may attend AFC4A meetings and other functions as guests of the Association, but may not join the Association until their individual situation renders them as a former member of the Air Force C4 community.  As of May 2002, these same eligibility criteria were extended to those who serve or have served in the DCS/XI.  For ease of administration all members of AFC4A will be referred to as having served in the “C4 community”.

Organization and Structure 

The Association is managed and guided by its duly-elected Board of Directors (President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and functional vice presidents).  From 1990 to 2000 the Association had three functional vice presidents – Programs, Membership and Recognition.  In 2000 the Association established a fourth vice president, that of Career Transition.  In 2001 the Association changed the title from Career Transition to Services.  The President may appoint standing or ad-hoc committees, as needed, to serve the needs of the Association and its members.  AFC4A is loosely organized and minimally administered to reduce process and procedure.   Pomp, ceremony and protocol are not promoted among and between Association members.  The guiding principle to unite the members is mutual respect for honorable service and individual contributions.  Dues, in an amount set by the Board of Directors, are collected annually (current dues are $20).  All funds collected are used to defray costs or to support the awards and recognition program.

Awards and Recognition Programs

Air Force Academy Gift.  On 6 April 1994 the AFC4A presented a conditional gift to the U. S. Air Force Academy to honor the Outstanding Junior Faculty Member of the Year in the Computer Science Department.  The gift consists of a permanent plaque that remains on display at the Academy and an endowment for an annual award to the Junior Faculty Member of the Year, selected by his/her peers.

Speaker Awards.  The Association has set up a program to allow its guest speakers to recognize outstanding members of the active duty Air Force C4 community, or to make a contribution to some specific Air Force charitable organization.  Each speaker is asked to nominate two individuals to receive $100 savings bonds or to designate a charity to receive $100 in the name of the speaker.

Albert J. Edmonds Award.  In recognition of his unique role as the catalyst in forming this Association, on 15 May 1997, AFC4A hosted a dinner to honor Lieutenant General Edmonds on the occasion of his retirement from active duty.  At that function the Association announced the creation of the Albert J. Edmonds Award – an award to recognize outstanding service to the Air Force C4 community.  General Edmonds presented the award to its first recipient, Colonel Glenn G. Giddings, USAF (Ret.).  On 27 September 2000 General Edmonds presented the second award to Colonel James R. Lauducci, USAF (Ret'd).  On 15 April 2004 Generals Edmonds and Fairfield presented the third award to Major General Charles E. Croom, AF/XIC.  The award consists of two plaques: 1) a permanent plaque with the names of each recipient, which is on display in the suite of offices of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Warfighting Integration, HQ USAF, and 2) an individual plaque for each recipient.  Individuals so honored, are selected by the AFC4A Board of Directors.

Ludwig Heritage Hall.  The Lt Gen Harold Grant Building (Building 1700) at Scott AFB is the home of Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA) and much of the staff of Air Mobility Command/SC.  The AFCA has created a memorial to Lt Gen Robert H. Ludwig, USAF (Ret.), by designating the atrium of Building 1700 as Ludwig Heritage Hall.  Through donations by its members, the AFC4A has funded and procured a bronze bust of Lt Gen Ludwig and a bronze plaque commemorating his command tours.


The Association meets at least quarterly (and sometimes more often) for lunch and to hear a guest speaker selected from the senior leadership in the Air Force C4 community.  Speakers are asked to provide AFC4A members with updates to programs and issues that are important to the AFC4A community.  These meeting are for AFC4A members and active duty personnel serving in the C4 community.  Speaker remarks are not for attribution.

In addition the Association meets annually in conjunction with the Spring Update conference hosted by the Chief, Information Dominance & Chief, Information Officer.

Other Activities 

The Association conducts other social and professional activities to further support its objectives and purposes.  These events include golf tournaments, tours of Air Force C4 facilities, recognition dinners, panel discussions and financial support for Air Force C4-related events.  The AFC4 Association and the AACS Association jointly fund the awards presented to the Hall of Fame winners each year. 

Past Presidents

Name Term of Office
Robert L. Edge, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.) 1990-1991
John Paul Hyde, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.) 1992-1993
Jack C. Robbins, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.) 1993-1994
James S. Cassity, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret.) 1995-1998
Avon James, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.) 1998-2000
John S. Fairfield, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret.) 2000-2007
William J. Donahue, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret.) 2007 -2012
Charles “Charlie” E. Croom, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret.) 2012 -2017

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