Air Force Assistance Fund breaks

During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Air Force members past and present showed their true mettle recently.

From February through June, Air Force members demonstrated their unwavering support of the Air Force Assistance Fund and the four affiliate charities it represents: The Air Force Aid Society, The Air Force Villages, The Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.

Over the years, these charities have stood by Airmen in times of need, from the time they enter service throughout their retirement years.

Links to each of the charities can be found at
This year, Airmen have stood by those charities once again.

 The all-time Air Force record for donations, set in 2005, was $7.372 million.
This year, that number was shattered by more than $105,000, bringing total donations to more than $7.477 million. This is 129.9 percent of the $5.757 million goal for 2009.

The Air Force family has once again upheld the great tradition of taking care of our own and showing that our AF Assistance Fund motto is more than just words on a poster. It shows that Airmen have a true “Commitment to Caring.”

This year, the KMC was one of the “above and beyond” contributors to the campaign. Airmen and civilian employees raised 54 percent over the goal for a total of $260,114.15.

Portions of this money will available locally to support Airmen in need.

The reason this year was such a great success was because IPOs educated people on the good that our AFAF affiliate charities do for our Air Force.

(Courtesy of Kelly A. Barton)