While not a commercial website, we do promote career field-related products that we believe may be of interest to our members. Below is a list of products that you can order from us or as indicated. The sale of the items that we have helps support our annual reunions and this website.
To place an order for items that we have, email me at [email protected] and tell me what you want and how many along with a shipping address. I will check with the post office and email you back with the shipping and handling cost.
Although featured here, we do not have the AFE coin, the Chanute Parachute/Fab Coin, or the older Aircrew Flight Equipment Coin. Those items must be ordered as indicated in their description.
The Aircrew Life Support / Flight Equipment Coin
I had the distinct pleasure of inviting and introducing Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF Reserve (ret) as our keynote speaker at our September 2022 reunion. Col Pestana served in the US Air Force and NASA as a pilot and a space operations engineer. Mark is also an internationally award-3 winning artist, specializing in landscape, seascape, and aerospace art. His paintings are in corporate, government, and private collections, and have flown into space. Fourteen of his paintings are displayed in the Pentagon collection. Colonel Pestana has the unique distinction of designing nine Space Shuttle mission patches for the astronauts.
When Life Support and Survival Equipment merged and became Aircrew Flight Equipment I wondered if the new career field would adopt a new logo. I was working in the NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center’s Life Support Systems Section at the time and thought it would be nice if I could get Mark who worked across the hall from me to design a new logo to represent the old and new career fields. Colonel Pestana gladly took on the challenge and came up with the following design.
To the Colonel’s surprise, I announced at the reunion that I had recently had the design made into the coin shown below. Both sides of the coin are the same with the exception of the inscription. One side represents the old career field and has Aircrew Life Support stamped on it. The reverse side represents the new career field, Aircrew Flight Equipment, and is stamped as such.
As you can see each side of the coin represents both eras of the career field.
The coin sells for $20 each with a $6 S&H fee and is available to all who would like to have one by contacting me at [email protected]
THE ALS/AFE 25TH Annual Reunion Anniversary Coin
The 25th ALS/AFE Reunion Anniversary Coin as displayed above was well received at our reunion and is available for sale. The coin sells for $25 each plus a shipping and handling fee of $6.00. As you might recall all of the coins are numbered. Tracking of who has what number is posted website. To take a look at the list click on the following link: https://usafals-afe.net/the-als-afe-25th-annual-reunion-anniversary-coin. Place your order by emailing email me at [email protected]
The AFE Coin
The current AFE coin. If interested, the price is $15 (including shipping). If paying with a check, please make it payable to “AFE MORALE COUNCIL”. You can order from the address below or email TSgt Levi Schafer at [email protected] TSgt Schafer can be contacted by phone at the numbers below.
The Chanute Parachute/Fab Coin
This coin (both sides depicted) is available for $13 each plus $6.65 for S&H. That gives you up to $50 in insurance, a tracking number, and 2-3 day shipping.
Coins can be ordered by contacting Jamie Thomas at [email protected]
USAF Life Support System Patch
You’ve been looking for it! You’ve been asking for it, but just couldn’t find it – until now!
The only Life Support System Patch (LSS) available for sale on the internet has faded, washed-out powder blue and pale yellow colors- not the original, crisp, brightly colored LSS Patch that some of us once wore proudly.
Finally, a 4″ high-quality, embroidered Life Support System Patch with the true original colors is now available.
USAF LSS Patch … $7 each (plus shipping and handling)
USAF Aircrew Life Support Equipment Patch
The first Aircrew Life Support patch was designed (with the life raft on the right-hand side) and worn during the Vietnam era. I had that patch cleaned up back in the early ’90s and moved the life raft to the left side and changed the color to black (to reflect the color of the currently used subdued life rafts) as explained in the History section of this website. This 3.25-inch patch is the one used throughout the life support community before the merger.
USAF ALS Patch … $7 each (plus shipping and handling)
USAF Aircrew Flight Equipment Patch
Finally, Aircrew Life Support merges with Survival Equipment, and a new name and patch are born. The new Aircrew Flight Equipment patch is 3.25″.
USAF AFE Patch…$6 each (plus shipping and handling)
USAF ALS and AFE Lapel Pins
SORRY, BUT WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF THE LIFE SUPPORT LAPEL PINS AND WILL PLACE YOUR NAME ON OUR LIST FOR THE NEXT ORDER THAT WE PLACE.
Here they are, the Life Support and Flight Equipment lapel pins! Show your profession or affiliation with the career field by owning one or both of these pins. They look great and will be an important part of our identity.
Order a few for your troops to boost morale, build motivation and pride, or recognize years of service, levels of achievement, or for a specific project.
Use to build motivation and pride.
For competitions, events, or contests, awarding or recognizing individuals for their efforts with one of our lapel pins makes the occasion much more special & memorable.
Order one as a collectible. People start out with one pin and in a lot of cases, start collecting or trading pins. Pin trading has become a global hobby, enjoyed by many people all over the world.
USAF ALS and AFE Lapel Pins…$8 each (plus shipping and handling)
50th Anniversary Life Support Commemorative Challenge Coin
The image above is a coin I had made in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our career field. In 2003/4 almost every life supporter owned one of these coins. Due to recent requests, the ALS/AFE Veterans and Retirees Group purchased 100 more of these coins and will sell them at a price of $20 each.
One side of the coin includes the life support system patch with the new stripes and the various enlisted and life support officer AFSC’s that we had over the years. The reverse side shows the old patch with the old stripes. I included the LSO rank on the coin, but only 1st Lieutenant through “full bird” Colonel.
50th Anniversary Life Support Challenge Coin … $20 each (plus shipping and handling)
WARNING, THIS IS A CHALLENGE COIN!
If you buy this coin you will be expected to comply with the rules below.
Challenge coin rules only apply to other individuals who also have a challenge coin. As the owner of a challenge coin, the coin represents your affiliation, support, or patronage of the Aircrew Life Support /Flight Equipment career field. You may “challenge” any individual you know who has a coin. A challenge is made by withdrawing your own coin and raising it in the air or by tapping it on a bar or table. When you challenge someone, they are required to produce their coin within 60 seconds. If the individual produces the coin, you are obligated to buy them a drink. If the individual fails to produce the coin, then he/she is obligated to buy you a drink. The same rule applies if someone challenges you! If you are in a club or bar, please drink responsibly and always appoint a designated driver. We want you to get home safe! The reward does NOT have to be an alcoholic beverage. It can be a soda or any other reward that the two individuals agree on. BE CAREFUL!!! Your challenge coin is a treasured and respected representation of the USAF Aircrew Life Support Career /Aircrew Flight Equipment Field! If you drop your coin and it hits the floor, you are obligated to buy drinks for anyone who hears or sees the coin hit the floor! Provided they have their coin on them of course!
USAF Aircrew Flight Equipment Coin
We do not have the Aircrew Flight Equipment coin, however; they are available for $8 each plus shipping from:
TSgt Rocamontes at the schoolhouse: [email protected]
A New Way to Pay For Your Order
For an alternate way to order and pay for items that we have on hand (remember, we do not have the new AFE coin, the Chanute Parachute/Fab Coin, or the older Aircrew Flight Equipment Coin), email me at [email protected] to place your order. I will check with the post office and email you back with the shipping and handling cost. At that time you can pay for your order via the new app called Cash App.
To use Cash App you’ll have to download it on your iOS or Android device. Link it to a debit card and allow it to access your bank account. Once done you can enter the amount for your order and select me from your contact list. If I’m not in your contact list add the following: [email protected]
Once you have confirmed the transaction, you authorize the app to debit the funds from your account and transfer them to me.
The best part about the service is it’s completely free.
Again, to send payment:
1. Open the Cash App
2. Enter the amount
3. Tap Pay
4. Enter my email address [email protected]
5. Enter what the payment is for
6. Tap Pay
Be exceedingly cautious when typing in recipient information. One wrong number or letter, and you won’t get that money back unless you happen to send it to someone ethical enough to return it.
Stay tuned while we consider adding other items to our store.