AFAF: Eielson's Commitment to Caring
By Senior Master Sgt. David Rice, 354th Comptroller Squadron
/ Published March 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.