NEWS | Feb. 20, 2013

For the Airmen, By the Airmen: AFAF to kick off March 4

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt

The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is scheduled to kick off March 4, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The AFAF campaign will run until April 12, 2013.

AFAF 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.

"AFAF is important because the contributions made to these organizations directly benefit our Airmen and their families," said Capt. Daniel Naske, 17th Airlift Squadron chief of flight scheduling and Team Charleston AFAF installation project officer. "Unlike other campaigns, such as the Combined Federal Campaign, whose benefits are open to the general public, the AFAF charities provide services exclusively to the Air Force family."

According to Naske, the goal for Team Charleston is to obtain 100 percent contact with all active-duty personnel and the monetary goal is $73,409.

"The campaign is a fundraising effort to support four organizations," said 2nd Lt. Htein Lin, 628th Communications Squadron deputy commander for plans flight and Team Charleston AFAF installation project officer. "These organizations are the Air Force Enlisted Village, Inc., General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, and the Air Force Aid Society."

Air Force Enlisted Village: To provide a home

The Air Force Enlisted Village's mission is to provide a home a home to mothers of active duty and retired military members and provides temporary housing to surviving spouses of enlisted members who die while on active duty or to active-duty members when tragedy strikes. Spouses are AFEV's priority, but they serve the entire Air Force family.

Air Force Village: Build a safety net

The Air Force Village is an exceptional retirement community with an extraordinary charitable mission - to care for retired Air Force officer widows who need financial assistance. Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation honors widows for the sacrifices they made while serving their country, side by side with their spouses.

Air Force Aid Society: Be there for an Airman

AFAS offers about $10 million in emergency grants and interest-free loans to eligible Airmen and their family members. Whether the emergency is a death in the family, a car repair, or basic living expenses, AFAS is here to help in times of need.

General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation: Lend a hand to a retiree

The LeMay Foundation helps widows of all Air Force retirees, both officer and enlisted, through financial grants of assistance. Any donations made help those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom.

For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund, visit www.afassistancefund.org, call 2nd Lt. Htein Lin at 963-2298 or Capt. Daniel Naske at 963-2925.

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