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  • I moved here after my husband passed away I moved here after my husband passed away I came home to a military lifestyle I’ve always known and now share a bond with other military widows.
  • Air Force Enlisted Village Air Force Enlisted Village Home to enlisted Air Force widows since 1975, residents enjoy the camaraderie that exists only here.
  • We love living here We love living here We found worry-free living at AFEV. No yard work, no maintenance work…we can live life our way.
  • I have peace of mind I have peace of mind My wife will have a safe home and will be cared for at the Air Force Enlisted Village.
  • Hawthorn House is a wonderful place to live Hawthorn House is a wonderful place to live I can continue to live on my own but it’s comforting to know that the staff is always there for me.
  • I care about my Air Force family I care about my Air Force family I enjoy volunteering at AFEV but most of all I enjoy visiting with the residents who live here.

     

Celebration of Life Ceremony Announced for Air Force Enlisted Village President and CEO, CMSAF James C. Binnicker, USAF, Ret.

 

A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Air Force Enlisted Village President and CEO, CMSAF James C. Binnicker, USAF, Ret., will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, Binnicker's family asks that memorial donations be made to the Air Force Enlisted Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL 32579 or online at Our Donate Page

Binnicker served as AFEV's president and CEO since January 2000 and ensured a meaningful quality of life for more than 500 residents at Bob Hope Village, Teresa Village, and the Hawthorn House. He instituted a policy known as The Mom Rule so that staff would treat all residents as they would treat their own moms. His vision for Bob Hope Village included construction of an assisted living community which opened under his tenure in 2005 and also the development of modern independent living units at Bob Hope Village which is currently under construction.

Binnicker served 33 years in the United States Air Force. During his career, he served in many locations including Oklahoma, Hawaii, North Dakota, Vietnam, Taiwan, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and the Pentagon. He was a life support specialist, air operations superintendent, Vietnamese linguist, First Sergeant and Command Chief Master Sergeant. He was Chief of Enlisted Retention and later appointed Assistant for Chief Master Sergeant Matters, Air Force Personnel Center.

He served on the President's Commission on Military Compensation; Senior Enlisted Advisor for the 4th Fighter Wing, 12th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces and Tactical Air Command. His three decades of service culminated in his selection as the Ninth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force where he served as the advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force/Air Force Chief of Staff on matters concerning welfare, effective utilization and progress of the enlisted members of the USAF.

Binnicker passed away March 21, 2015 in Calhoun, GA surrounded by his family.

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Welcome to the Air Force Enlisted Village

The Air Force Enlisted Village is comprised of two independent living communities—Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, FL and Teresa Village in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and an assisted living and memory care community, Hawthorn House, located on the Bob Hope Village campus.

Founded in 1967 to provide a safe, secure and dignified place for indigent surviving spouses of retired Air Force personnel. The Village’s primary goal and focus is to “Provide a Home,” and financial assistance to these women. The surviving spouse with the greatest need is cared for first and none are refused assistance due to financial status. Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or any significant assets. Surviving spouses requiring financial assistance live here among peers sharing memories of Air Force life without the stigma normally associated with subsidized housing facilities.

Air Force Enlisted Village provides a home to…

  • Retired Enlisted Air Force Widows
  • Moms of Active Duty or Retired Airmen
  • Retired Air Force Enlisted Couples
  • Surviving Spouses of Airmen who have died while on Active Duty
  • Widows and Retired Couples of other Military Services

If you have questions concerning eligibility, click here, or give us a call for more information at 1-800-258-1413.