AFAF campaign helps others

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
The Robins Air Force Base 2016 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign begins Monday and runs through April 29.

This year's six-week campaign includes an installation goal of $83,949, with the theme of "Team Robins Helping Airmen." 

The annual effort raises funds to provide support throughout the Air Force family to include assistance with emergency needs, education, or to secure a retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial aid. 

"It affects us. When you give, you'll see the fruitfulness of your contributions," said Master Sgt. Bruce Harrison, AFAF installation project officer. "It's a blessing and a program I believe in." 

As a first sergeant with the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Harrison is passionate about looking out for those around him to include a team of over 350 military and civilian members.

"Our job is about caring for people," he said. "It's the least we can do, and one less thing to worry about financially. We are going to need everyone's help to reach our goal - and our goal is to help people." 

During the next several weeks, unit project officers will be making 100 percent contact throughout the installation to include nearly 5,000 Reserve, Guard and active duty personnel. They will be available to answer questions and offer the opportunity to contribute to this year's campaign. 

AFAF affiliate charities, which support active duty, retirees, Reserve, Guard and dependents, include the Air Force Aid Society, which in 2015 provided nearly $16 million in direct assistance to over 57,000 Air Force members and their families. The Gen. and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation awards grants to enlisted and officer retirees' surviving spouses; the Air Force Enlisted Village provides assistance in the form of a home in a safe, dignified and caring community; and the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation/Blue Skies of Texas, cares for widowed spouses.   

Retirees who would like to contribute may contact the Retiree Activities Office at Civilians may contact their organization's unit project officers.  

Unit Points of contact
Staff Sgt., Abbul Ogletree, 78th CEG
Airman Stephanie Runge, 78th CEG
Tech Sgt. Aleisha Becker, 78th SC
Staff Sgt. Yeny Langius, 78th SC
Tech Sgt. Darius Kersh, 78th WSA
Airman 1st Class Johnathon Harry, 78th WSA
Capt. Zach Rumery, 78th MDG
Master Sgt. Beth Wakefield, 78th MDG
1st Lt. Somer Lopez, 78th MSG
Tech Sgt. Jeremy Jackson, 78th MSG
Senior Master Sgt. Donald Sturm, 461st ACW
Airman 1st Class Melissa Smith, 461st ACW
Master Sgt. Aaron Daigle, 5th CCG
Master Sgt. Margaretmary Aleman, 5th CCG
1st Lt. Andrew Bettinger, AFLCMC
2nd Lt. Troy Fitle, AFLCMC
Master Sgt. Rufus Ball, associate units
Tech Sgt. Andrew Marshall, associate units