The Professional Education & Development Symposium convenes in the third quarter of the calendar year at a location somewhere within the 48 contiguous United States. During the PEDS, the AFSA conducts its general membership business. The AFSA delegates, general membership, and International Committees share invaluable information, discuss, and ratify, such things as, AFSA's Legislative Platform for the coming year and other goals and objectives.

In addition to the AFSA’s general membership business, the AFSA is proud to host the Military Enlisted Leadership Conferences.  These conferences convene simultaneously with the AFSA to discuss Air Force-specific business.  However, these separate conferences come together during professional development Forums.
AFSA manages these forums with coordination through many of the military conferences. These forums consist of keynote addresses from senior congressional decision makers, Department of Defense and Department of the Air Force senior leadership, war historians, and other professional speakers, just to name a few.  Each speaker provides a rich insight to the Air Force's past, its present and its future. Moreover, these forums continue to build on the strong solid foundation of our professional enlisted corps.


The 2021 Professional Education & Development Symposium will convene in Orlando, Florida at the
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, Florida 32821

If fully booked, please visit the overflow hotel as listed below... 


If fully booked, please call the hotel directly and ask to be placed on their wait list for a room.

Embassy Suites By Hilton: 8100 Lake Street Orlando, Florida 32836 - 1-800-377-8898

Holiday Inn Resort: 13351 State Road 535, Orlando, Florida - (407) 239-4500

Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre by Marriott
8501 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL  32836 - (407) 239-6900

INFORMATION TO BOOKMARK | In regard to travel (CONUS or OCONUS) the CDC is nearly a one-stop-shop of information regarding location requirements.  You will find actions to be taken per location, vaccinated vs unvaccinated actions to be taken, mask wear mandates and quarantine requirements.  I highly suggest members bookmark these websites and utilize them in the planning stages of travel…it will save a lot of stress and frustration.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention International Travel Guidance (includes information on International Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People and International Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People, as well as information for checking Travel Restrictions):
Florida Department of Health:

The PEDS Theme is

“Developing Airmen and Guardians … Dominating Air, Space and Cyberspace”

AFSA International Convention - Draft Agenda as of 05/14/2021 (Subject to Change)


NOTE: This registration is for the AFSA International Convention ONLY
Arrival on Saturday July 24th and Departure on Tuesday Morning July 27th
This registration does not include attendance to the Air & Space Honors Banquet and CMSAF Awards

PEDS - Draft Agenda as of 04/05/2021 (Subject to Change)


NOTE: Attendance to the Professional Education & Development Symposium
is free of charge to all Military Members (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve) and
DoD Civilians, Retirees, Veterans and Family Members. Attendees who wish to attend
the Ice Breaker, Welcoming Ceremony, AFSA International President’s Dinner and
Air & Space Honors Banquet and CMSAF Awards are invited to register
for the meal functions separately.

Headquarters is pleased to announce that Columbia Southern University (CSU) (AFSA Preferred Learning Partner)
will offer a 2-day leadership & development course entitled “Beyond The Basics” during the
2021 Professional Education Symposium (beginning Sunday, July 25 – Monday, July 26, 2021).  

CSU is offering this course is absolutely free of charge to all Military Members (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve) Retirees, Veterans and their Family Members.

For more information and registration, please see link below

The Office of the Secretary of Defense  
The Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
SEAC CMSgt Ramon Colon-Lopez
The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
CSAF General Charles Q. "CQ" Brown
CSO General John W. Raymond
CMSAF JoAnne Bass
CMSSF Roger Towberman
MAJCOM Commanders
Armed Services Senior Enlisted Leaders
MAJCOM/COCOM Command Chiefs

Former CMSAFs

Robert D. Gaylor
James M. McCoy
Sam E. Parish
David J. Campanale
Eric W. Benken
Frederick J. “Jim” Finch
Gerald R. Murray
Rodney J. McKinley
James A. Roy
James A. Cody
Kaleth O. Wright