Donating to the Air Force Assistance Fund helps us 'Pay it Forward'

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The annual Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign kicked-off Feb. 4, giving us all an opportunity to help our fellow Airmen when they need it most.

The AFAF Campaign supports our charities that are dedicated to caring for Airmen from induction, through retirement and beyond.

The four charities are the Air Force Aid Society, the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, the Air Force Village and the Air Force Enlisted Village. These are not charities you will see in your combined Federal Campaign lineup. They are an example of Air Force people taking care of their own -- Airmen helping Airmen! Our annual campaign demonstrated this fact -- Airmen take care of their own!

Our base goal for this year is $78,603 and you should soon be seeing a key worker visiting your work center to let you know all about the charities, answer any questions you may have and give you the opportunity to donate if you should so choose.

You will also be able to participate in fundraising events by way of helping or donating. Either way, please get involved if you can. I invite our program organizations and units to be creative and have fun with your fundraisers for the AFAF over the next six weeks.

While the average Air Force Base has historically had between a 19 percent and 30 percent participation rate from their active duty members, I believe USAFA is far above average! Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig, the USAFA command chief, and I hope that everyone will give serious consideration to giving to these four worthy charities.

Just a few dollars a month from your paycheck will ensure your fellow Airmen will have the assistance they need when they need it the most.

You may just find in the future that you have paid it forward, and our AFAF charities will be there for you should you need them.

Thank you for continuing our proud tradition in our 'Commitment to Caring" through giving to the AFAF Campaign.

For more information, call 333-5213 or 333-4103 or visit https://www.afassistancefund.org.