AFA 507 honors A1C Pitsenbarger through grants, Last Full Measure pays tribute

“The Last Full Measure” will premiere at the KMCC Reel Time Movie Theater this weekend, check local listings. The Ramstein Air Force Association Chapter 507 will be on-site to promote the private organization that honors A1C William Pitsenbarger through 400 dollar education grants to qualifying CCAF Graduates. The AFA will give out a limited amount of free tickets to a showing of the movie when you sign up for a new membership. If you’d like to get involved with the AFA mentoring program, reach out to the Ramstein Chapter 507 council at or To learn more about becoming an AFA member and how you can get involved visit, and select Ramstein Chapter 507.

Poster by Foresight Unlimited

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger was a pararescueman (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over 60 men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of fellow soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd). As Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen Airman.

Pitsenbarger’s memory is also honored by the Air Force Association through our annual Pitsenbarger scholarship program. Each year, AFA awards scholarships to USAF enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force who plan to continue their education and pursue a baccalaureate degree. In addition to academic achievement, the grant recognizes Airmen who exemplify leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development, and dedication.