Taking care of our own with AFAF

by Airman 1st Class Lane Plummer
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein’s Air Force Assistance Fund is slated to accept donations that support Airmen and their dependents from March 21 through April 29.

For 43 years, the AFAF has sustained four affiliate Air Force charities that give back: the Air Force Enlisted Village, the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation, the Air Force Aid Society and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. Lemay Foundation.

According to Master Sgt. Antonio Lindsey, 86th Wing Staff Agency and 86th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, this program is a great way to show generosity and take care of wingmen.

“We work day-in and day-out with each other, and through that daily interaction, we hear the myriad of struggles we all go through,” Lindsey said. “The AFAF, and other programs alike, are in place to take care of the personal concerns and needs of Airmen and their families so (they) can focus on the mission.”

The charitable affiliates provide support for Airmen and their dependents in many ways, including those in emergencies and who need help paying for educational costs.

One Airman who has received help is Master Sgt. Dwayne Justice, 86th Maintenance Group programs and resources section chief.

“My former wife and I were going to have a baby. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into the world,” Justice said. “The AFAF gave me a grant to pay for the entire funeral. The fact that we didn’t have to worry about where the money was going to come from allowed us to focus on our family’s emotional and mental health.”

Airmen can donate to the AFAF at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx and retirees can donate at

These four Air Force affiliates have provided help to many families and Airmen in need, whether it was to cover a cost of a funeral or to help pay for college tuition. The AFAF is about Airmen helping other Airmen. This year, it’s not about Airmen giving more; it’s about more Airmen giving.