NEWS | April 23, 2013

AFAF campaign wraps up at JB Charleston

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Team Charleston recently wrapped up the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign raising more than $65,000 in contributions made to organizations that directly benefit Airmen and their families.

The AFAF campaign, which ran from March 4, 2013 to April 12, 2013, was established to provide an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and their dependents, including surviving spouses) in need.

"Although we didn't reach our projected goal of raising $73,409, we surpassed what we reached last year ($49,369)," said 1st Lt. Htein Lin, 628th Communication Squadron Plans and Resources deputy flight commander and AFAF installation project officer. "We raised $16,000 more than last year's total."

More than 33 unit representatives helped make AFAF a successful campaign at JB Charleston.

"We want to thank all of the contributors and volunteers," said Lin. "If it wasn't for the willingness of our contributors this year's AFAF wouldn't have been a success. The drive of our volunteers ensured that we made 100 percent contact with everyone in the units."

Some units at JB Charleston far exceeded their share of the installation's goal.

"The 16th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing staff, 437th Maintenance Group, 437th Operations Support Squadron, 628th Air Base Wing staff, 628th Contracting Squadron, 628th Force Support Squadron, 628th Medical Group, 628th Medical Operations Squadron, 628th Mission Support Group, 14th Weather Squadron and the 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 5, not only met their 100 percent contact goal, but exceeded their share of the base's monetary goal by more than 120 percent," said Lin. "However, each and every unit had a part in the base's numbers. Every donation - no matter how big or small went toward a great cause."

AFAF supports the following organizations: the Air Force Enlisted Village, Inc., General and Mrs. Curtis E. Lemay Foundation, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, and the Air Force Aid Society.

For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund, visit www.afassistancefund.org.

To read about the specific organizations, visit www.afev.us, www.afvillages.org, www.afas.org and www.lemay-foundation.org.