Top Stories from Our Military Retirement Community

Welcome to Top Stories where we'll catch you up on the most up-to-date happenings at AFV! Check out the latest news below, or visit the Archives for even more news and information.

Great Day SA at Air Force Village!

On Friday, August 2, KENS-5's Great Day SA took their show on the road to Air Force Village for a live taping of their hour-long program. Many of our community spaces, residences, team members and residents were featured as we highlighted the wonderful advantages of living at our continuing care retirement community. Click here to watch the videos.

AFV Resident Recognized by LeadingAge Texas

We are proud to congratulate AFV resident Dr. Stephen E. Wilson, Lt Col, USAF, Ret, who was recognized as one of the top three recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Resident Contest, presented by LeadingAge Texas, the statewide non-for-profit aging services organization. Dr. Wilson was honored in recognition of the positive efforts he has contributed to Air Force Village in the short time he has lived at our community. Click here to read the full story.

Air Force Village Wins Renovation Award

Our community has been recognized as the winner of Environments for Aging's Remodel/Renovation Competition for our work on the Sky Lounge at Village I. This year's competition was focused on "destination spaces for residents and staff," and AFV took the top spot! Click here to read the full story.

Air Force Village Resident Makes A Difference

Our very own resident Betty Bundy was recently featured on for her contribution to The Green Bridges Youth Garden at Chapel Hill United, which gives young probationers a chance to earn community service hours. Click here to watch the video as Betty shares her perspective on this enlightening initiative.

Order of The Eagle Speech at Air Force Village "Dwayne Hopkins"

Chief Master Sergeant Dwayne F. Hopkins (Retired) is currently the Executive Director for Fisher House Inc. Mr. Dwayne F. Hopkins retired from active duty with 28 years of military service as the Command Chief Master Sergeant to the Commander, 37th Training Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He was the primary advisor to the commander on all matters affecting the quality, welfare, morale, management and leadership of 45,000 personnel. As the Executive Director of Fisher House Inc. he is responsible for three homes valued at 2.5 million dollars while providing a home-away-from-home for America’s most valuable resource; our military members and their families. Mr. Hopkins and his outstanding staff provided lodging for over 354 military families saving them $350,000 in lodging cost in 2009. Click the YouTube link to watch the Order of the Eagle Annual Recognition Dinner Speech, which took place at Air Force Village II.

Dixon Exhibit Highlights AFPC Headquarters Re-dedication

The renovated wing, also known as Dixon Hall, evoked strong emotion from the widow of the man for whom the AFPC headquarters is named.

"It is beautifully done," said a tearful Kelly Dixon to her escort, AFPC commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart, as they toured the Dixon Heritage Hall exhibit in the A Wing lobby. The permanent exhibit honors the Air Force career of the late Gen. Robert James Dixon, who is considered the "Father of Modern Air Force Personnel."

Mrs. Dixon said she appreciated the work AFPC put into the museum-quality exhibit that showcases, in chronological order, her husband's 36-year Air Force career. A former prisoner of war, General Dixon was a fighter pilot during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War before ending his career in 1978 as the commander of Tactical Air Command. He also had served as commander of the Air Force Military Personnel Center, predecessor of AFPC.

The Texas Air Museum at Stinson Field in San Antonio and Lackland AFB's Airmen's Heritage Museum augmented the Dixon Heritage Hall exhibit collection by having contributed artifacts, photos, Air Force art, maps and model aircraft of some of the warplanes Dixon had flown. Following the rededication ceremony, Mrs. Dixon officially donated to the Air Force historical property that comprises the bulk of the Dixon collection on display at AFPC.

The National Museum of the Air Force plans to accession into the Air Force historical property inventory the Dixon Collection, once AFPC's Dixon Heritage Hall exhibit is officially designated an historical holdings venue.

The River Rats

The River Rats are an international association of fighter pilots, which many of our residents at Air Force Village are members of. This organization assists the families of wounded warriors who are brought into the area for medical help and rehabilitation. Many of these warriors stay in our local hospitals for extended periods of time and their families relocate to San Antonio to assist in the treatment process. AFV has assisted the River Rats in their efforts to help Brandon Waldon. The Air Force Village Thrift Shop opened its doors to provide furniture, appliances, and household items for Brandon’s family while they are located in San Antonio. Roy White, a member of the River Rats, set up the chance for Brandon to meet Gary Sinise, actor and musician, at a ‘Lt Dan Band’ concert that was held in the San Antonio area.

Brandon Waldon & Gary Sinise

Air Force Village 48th Annual Meeting 2012

Mrs. Dorothy Lucas Celebrates Her 90th Birthday

Mrs. Dorothy Lucas celebrated her 90th birthday on 4 Dec 2012 at AF Village I. Mrs. Lucas was honored in 2009 with the Congressional Gold Medal at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. for her service in the Women's Air Force Service Pilots during World War II. Dorothy responded to a call for women with flight experience to serve in pilot roles in the States, to include ferrying aircraft and towing targets for live practice, which would free up more men for service overseas. She borrowed money to gain enough initial flying hours to qualify; then made her way to Avenger Field at Sweetwater Texas, to serve with 1073 other women.

Mrs. Dorothy Lucas

During the war, Dorothy met the love of her life, Alfred T. Lucas. They married and together, she and Lt Col Lucas reared five children: Melanie, Helen, Jana, Tom, and Marnie. Joining her in the photo are (l to r) Melanie, Susan (Tom's wife), Tom, and Helen. Congratulations to Dorothy Lucas!

Mrs. Dorothy Lucas
Dorothy Lucas at the birthday reception at Air Force Village I held in her honor.

Village I joins Valley Hi North Neighborhood Association

AFV-I has joined with the Valley Hi North Neighborhood Association (VHNNA) as a sponsor for the Lawn of the Month Program. AFV-I is a long-time member of the Association - their next joint event will be the National Night Out (NNO) on 2 October. The NNO brings together residents of AFV-I and the VHNNA to enjoy an evening of fellowship as neighbors and encourage neighbors to look out for neighbors throughout the year.

Lawn of the Month
Valley Hi North August Yard of the Month
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Lawn of the Month
Valley Hi North August Honorable Mention
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AFV Independence Day Parade

4th of July 2012 resave

Air Force Village Residents held The 3rd Annual AFV Independence Day Parade this weekend. Joined by Air Force, Army, Marine, Navy, and Color Guard Support from Lackland and Fort Sam Houston, the Guadalupe Fire Department, Bexar County Sherriff’s Department, Metro Ambulance, and many other generous volunteers, this year’s festivities were enjoyed by our largest crowd yet. Afterwords, the crowd and parade participants were treated to an all-American Hotdog Lunch provided by Sodexo, AFV’s dining services.


Hill Residence Depositors Golf Cart Drawing

Golfcart 2012

Congratulations to Colonel and Mrs. George Chronis who won a brand new golf cart in a drawing between new Hill Residence depositors! If you would like to learn more about these new innovatively-designed urban apartments for retired and former military officers, give us a call at (800) 724-5771.

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Air Force Village Military Appreciation

Air Force Village has signed on to be a Military Appreciation Sponsor in San Antonio, TX.  We will share a short message thanking our men and women and their families for their service to our country.  Our message will be aired on San Antonio’s KSAT 12 News, channel 1, at 7:25am during Good Morning America, May 17 through June 17, 2012.

Air Force Village 2012 Art Is Ageless Place Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 Art Is Ageless Place Winners!  If you see the name of one or more of your residents listed below, please congratulate them on their accomplishment!

Distinguished Artist Award

Third Place: Hal C. Horton - Bat Conservation Logo (Air Force Village I) 

Group Project

First Place: C. Gail Coe, Peter Coe – Israel (Air Force Village II)

Master Works

Second Place: Ruth C. Hayden - After Utrillo (Air Force Village II)

Third Place: Patricia C. Holt - The South Ledges, Appledore by Childe Hassam (Air Force Village II)

Paintings: Other

First Place: C. Gail Coe - You Can't See the Forest for the Trees (Air Force Village II)

Second Place: Ted H. Hess - Dusk at the Willows (Air Force Village II)


Third Place: Norris Wynne - Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Air Force Village I)

Soft Crafts: Sewing

First Place: Betty Granheim - Stylized Native American Designs (Air Force Village I)

Visual Arts

Second Place: Carolyn Watson - Three Roseate Spoonbills (Air Force Village II)

Air Force Village's The Mission Skilled Nursing Receives Environments For Aging 2012 Citation of Merit

With creative solutions to design and healthcare challenges, four projects inspired Environments for Aging’s annual design competition this year. A panel of 16 esteemed jurors - architects, interior designers, care providers and educators - evaluated the nominees for this year’s top honors. Click here to view full story.

AMDA National Convention ... International Health Care Professionals Tour Air Force Village

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Over 1000 health care professionals spent a few days in sunny San Antonio, TX in March, attending the national convention of the AMDA – American Medical Directors Association.  Many attendees reported that the highlight of their trip was a tour of Air Force Village. 

AMDA is a national professional association of medical directors, attending physicians and other professionals who practice long-term care medicine.   The organization provides education, advocacy, information and professional development with the goal of continually improving the quality of long-term care.

Three separate groups of health care professionals from the U.S. and several countries including Canada, Australia and Singapore visited Air Force Village.  Personal tours enabled our guests to see for themselves the acclaimed industry models AFV has created for advancing senior health care:  The Mission at Air Force Village I and Freedom House, the Alzheimer’s Care and Research Center at Air Force Village II.

One of the AFV guests was Dr. Joseph Ouslander, internationally respected geriatrician and professor of medicine.  He developed INTERACT, clinical decision-making tools that are used in nursing homes to reduce the unnecessary transfer and hospitalization of the frail elderly population – tools that are in use at Village I.  Later, in his official presentation at the AMDA convention, Dr. Ouslander spoke to hundreds of colleagues about the innovations he observed at Air Force Village.

Wendy Carpenter, AFV Executive Director of Health Care Operations, noted, “Our guests were very enthusiastic about our household model health care and dementia care programs.  Because they are all professionals who really know this field, their response was particularly affirming to our staff and residents.  And it was most gratifying when a group of Singapore guests requested a round table to share ideas they can take back to their country and incorporate.  This event gave Air Force Village an impressive opportunity to showcase our extraordinary models.  We were able to share our knowledge and experience in ways that will impact senior care around the world … and that is very exciting!”

Eligibility Standards ... Inviting Retired and Former Officers, Spouses, Parents & Grandparents To Celebrate this Exceptional Retirement Lifestyle

Air Force Village gets calls every day from those who are hoping they meet the eligibility standards that will qualify them to live at Air Force Village – one of the country’s top retirement communities. 

If you’re wondering whether you, your spouse, parents or grandparents might be eligible to live in this active retirement community that honors residents for military service, we hope this answers your questions:

You may be eligible if you are …

  • An officer* retired from  any of the seven uniformed services – Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
  • A former officer who served in one of the uniformed services but is not a military retiree
  • The widowed spouse of a retired or former officer from any uniformed service
  • A parent or grandparent of a retired or active duty officer from any uniformed service (the parent or grandparent is not required to have served)

* The term “officer” includes those in grades W1 thru W4 and 0-1 thru O-10 in the Regular, Reserve, or National Guard components. To be eligible, all officers must have been discharged from their service under “Honorable” conditions.

Air Force Village offers an active and gracious lifestyle. Within our Continuing Care Retirement Community, residents find peace of mind knowing they have access to a continuum of health care and experience modern residences, excellent services, and a tremendous sense of camaraderie … AFV is an exceptional retirement community.  If you have a question about eligibility or would like to schedule a visit, please call us at 1- 800-724-5771.

KENS 5 News Visits "The Mission" Skilled Nursing Center

"21st Century Long-term Care ... Not your Grandmother's Nursing Home."  See the full story here.

Air Force Village Volunteer Tax Preparers
Win Texas-wide Award

Pictured from left to right: Lt Col John Merryman,  Maj Gen Gary Alkire,  Lt Col Ed Orbock,  Lt Col Keith Cole,  Maj Wayne Roberts, CW4 Hank Karpf,  Col Jerry Eichhorn, and Mrs. Wendy Curtis. Not pictured: Col Jim Councill,  Maj Hal Elliott,  Col Rufus Johnston,  Mrs. Katherine Rajczi,  and Mrs. JoAnn Richardson.

Appreciation, depreciation, capital gains, cost basis - all terms that would set most persons' heads to spinning - Not so for this trusted group of volunteers of the Air Force Village, AARP Tax-Aide Program.  For more years than anyone recalls, this volunteer group of tax preparers has served its resident communities along with the staff who serve them.  Made up of formerly active professionals, this team of now retired experts unravel one of life's most complex problems - annual income taxes - for approximately 250 people between both AFV campuses.  These sharp witted volunteers all serve through the AARP Tax-Aide Program.

Their efforts were awarded this week with the announcement from LeadingAge Texas (formerly Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) they were selected as winners within their annual awards program in the category of Volunteer Achievement Award for a Group Within an Organization.

All day Mondays and Thursdays and Saturday mornings throughout late winter and early spring, the Tax-Aide Team is busy sorting through shoe boxes and other containers to help their "clients" piece together the past year's income and expenses.  In addition, they assist with out-of-cycle returns throughout the year.  About two thirds of those whom they serve are resident widows and about 10% are employees.  Additionally, this year some AFV volunteers will assist at other Tax-Aide locations in San Antonio.

Willing, able, and ready, this team of volunteers unravels the mysteries of the Internal Revenue Service to ensure fellow Air Force Village residents and staff members greet the 15th day of April with a smile.  Congratulations to the 2011 team!

Commander of Central Command in Southwest Asia
Comes "Home" to Air Force Village

More than 100 Air Force Village residents and dignitaries gathered at Air Force Village II on January 20, 2012, to hear Lieutenant General David L. Goldfein, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia, discuss events in Afghanistan.

Guests were treated to a video of interviews with troops in the field and to Lt Gen Goldfein’s informative briefing on news from the war zone.  He reassured the crowd that the troops are bravely fighting to preserve our freedom – just as previous generations have performed their patriotic duty throughout history.

Lt Gen Goldfein, son of AFV residents Colonel William “Goldie” Goldfein and his wife, Mary, considers San Antonio home.  The general’s wife, Dawn, and family live here while he is in the Middle East developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.

His confidence in our military stems from a lifelong path of service and the legacy of a proud military dynasty.  His grandfather, Joe Goldfein, served his country as a bosun’s mate 1st class in World War I; followed by his son Goldie who served in WWII; followed by Goldie’s sons, Lt Gen Goldfein, Major General (Ret) Steve Goldfein and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mike Goldfein.  Today, Lt Gen Goldfein’s daughter, 2nd Lieutenant Danielle Fleming is embarking on her Air Force career, and his nephew, Hunter Soward, is an AFJROTC Cadet.

The respected general was welcomed and embraced by the Village as an inspirational leader and decorated command pilot who has logged more than 4,100 flight hours.  When asked his impressions of Air Force Village, Lt Gen Goldfein pointed out that he and his wife have joined the Insignia Club and plan to retire here in the future.  “I’m glad my parents chose this retirement community and I’m recruiting others to move here.  It is always a pleasure for me to come back and in some small way honor the heroes who live at Air Force Village,” he said.

WWII WASP Dorothy Lucas
Attends Premiere of Red Tails

Everywhere you go in San Antonio, you’re likely to bump into a contingent of Air Force Village residents – even at movie premieres!  On January 12, Dorothy Lucas was among nine AFV residents who attended the San Antonio Premiere of Red Tails at the Lila Cockrell Theater.  Mrs. Lucas was one of the more than 25,000 young women who applied to serve their country as pilots in the WASP program in 1943 – and one of only 1,830 accepted and 1,074 to graduate!

It was appropriate that this pioneering AFV resident attend the premiere of Red Tails, which chronicles the endeavors of a highly decorated unit of The Tuskegee Airmen (the 332nd Fighter Group) during WWII.  In this photo at the premiere, Mrs. Lucas visits with leading man, Nate Parker, who played Captain Marty “Easy” Julian.

AFV Book: "Communities With Spirit"

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