Kunsan launches AFAF campaign

by Senior Airman Dustin King, 8 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The Wolf Pack launched its Air Force Assistance Fund campaign here March 22 and will continue through April 29. The legacy theme for the campaign is "For the Airmen, By the Airmen."

The AFAF is an annual Air Force fundraising campaign that supports the four official Air Force charitable organizations. These organizations provide to support Air Force members and their families in need.

“When we get the chance to give back, whether it is through the Combined Federal Campaign or the Air Force Assistance Fund, I think that it is a vital part of the whole person concept,” said Col. Jeremy "Wolf" Sloane, 8th Fighter Wing commander. “Giving back doesn't always mean money. Your time and everyday acts of kindness are also very worthy things to give back to your fellow airmen."

Donating to AFAF can be accomplished in two different ways.

“Airmen can help by giving money either through a one-time cash donation or a monthly paycheck deduction,” said 1st Lt. Yvonne May, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels flight commander. “Also, Airmen can volunteer to help organize a fundraiser with their Group or Squadron AFAF representatives, or if they have benefitted from any of the four AFAF charities and would be willing to share their personal story we would appreciate hearing from them.”

Group, Squadron and/or Flight representatives will work in coordination to make sure all work centers and personnel are contacted and their donations collected.

“Our goals for the campaign are to make 100% contact with each Wolf Pack member and to reach our basewide contribution goal of $48,606,” said May.

The four AFAF charities are:

-The Air Force Village. The Air Force Village was established in 1970, and is a retirement community for Air Force officers' spouses who need financial assistance. Surviving spouses are provided with a secure and comfortable environment to live.

-The Air Force Aid Society. The Air Force Aid Society offers interest-free loans to service members when living and emergency expenses become overwhelming.

-The Air Force Enlisted Village. The Air Force Enlisted Village has served as a haven for more than 1,500 surviving spouses since 1975. The organization provides housing to surviving spouses of enlisted members who died while on active duty.

-The LeMay Foundation. The LeMay Foundation helps widows of all Air Force retirees--both officer and enlisted--by granting financial assistance.

Payroll deductions for active duty members will automatically start June 1 and will start July 1 for retirees. Contact your unit POC for any questions or further information.

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