News>Commentary - AFAF: Eielson's Commitment to Caring
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Davis, 354th Operations Group first sergeant, Senior Airman James Porter, 354th Force Support Squadron career development technician, and Staff Sgt. Daniel Klinger, 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuel service center controller, speak about their experiences with the Air Force Assistance Fund at the base chapel March 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Davis recollected how AFAF helped evacuate his family during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Eielson’s campaign runs through April 19. For more information, contact your unit AFAF Key Worker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Kelly, 354th Fighter Wing commander, discusses the necessity of the Air Force Assistance Fund at the base chapel March 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family in need. Eielson’s goal for this year’s campaign, which runs through April 19, is $34,364. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft)
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Brown, 354th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Mark Kelly, 354th FW commander, sign Air Force Assistance Fund payroll deduction forms at the AFAF fundraiser kickoff at the base chapel March 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Donations to the campaign lend critical support to fellow Airmen and their families. For more information, contact your unit AFAF Key Worker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft)
Commentary by Senior Master Sgt. David Rice
354th Comptroller Squadron
3/22/2013 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- It is that time of year again, when Airmen pull together to make a contribution for the greater good, enriching the lives of our fellow wingmen.
Eielson's Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs March 11 through April 19, continuing the tradition of giving back to our fellow Airmen.
AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family in need, including active duty, retirees, reservists, guard, dependents and surviving spouses.
"Just a few dollars a month from your paycheck ensures your fellow Airmen have the assistance they need when they need it most," said Brig. Gen. Mark Kelly, 354th Fighter Wing commander. "And, you never know, you may just find in the future that you have 'paid it forward,' and our AFAF charities will be there for you should you need them."
Those who choose to donate can do so through their unit key workers by method of payroll deduction, cash or check contribution. The charities available for donations include to the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Village or General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.
The organizations help Air Force people with aid in an emergency, with educational needs, or to have a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance.
"These aren't charities you'll see in your (Combined Federal Campaign) lineup," said Kelly. "They are an example of Air Force people taking care of their own--Airmen helping Airmen."
The various charities make it possible for Airmen to find the best match for them, and they can rest assured that their donations are helping their wingmen in the just right kind of way. One-hundred percent of AFAF contributions are passed to the chosen charities, and contributions are tax deductible.
The contribution goal for this year's Eielson campaign in $34,364.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has full details on programs and eligibility requirements. Any questions or donations can be directed to your Unit Project Officers or the Installation Project Officers, Senior Master Sgt. David Rice at 377-1311 or Master Sgt. Gary Lutz at 377-1027.