Air Force Assistance Fund -- Airmen help Airmen

  • Published
  • By Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller
  • 81st Training Wing commander
Each year, February through May, Airmen across our Air Force embark on a fundraising campaign in support of the Air Force Assistance Fund. This fund exists to provide financial support to four charitable organizations which support the entire range of our Air Force families. The AFAF campaign is unique in that it supports active duty, reserve, Air National Guard and retied airmen.

First term airmen through Air Force retirees can all benefit from the four organizations supported by the AFAF; the Air Force Villages, Inc., the Air Force Aid Society, Inc., the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village, Inc. These organizations help Airmen and their families with aid to help overcome an emergency situation, with educational needs, or enable a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members who are in need of financial assistance.

According to AFAF statics, in 2010 Airmen and families from Keesler AFB received over $180,000 in loans and grants using the financial aid programs enabled by donations to the AFAF. In addition, the base organizations received more than $40,000 to help with family-oriented programs such as bundles for babies, give parents a break, and several other programs which help our "Team Keesler" community. Across the Air Force direct assistance to Air Force members and families totaled $18.3 million - and helped 39,000 airmen!

Over the next few days take a minute or two to learn more about the AFAF by seeking out your unit's key worker, visiting the AFAF website at www.afassistancefund.org or contacting the base AFAF project officer 2nd Lt. Adam Brown. Anyone can contribute to the AFAF however only active duty and retired military members can do so via payroll deductions.

Over the past two years I have highlighted the 70 years of heritage which have made our base what it is today. A 70 year partner in this legacy of caring has been the Air Force Aid Society -- providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs and offering an array of base community enhancement programs that have improved quality of life for Airmen and their families. You can support this legacy today through a contribution to the Air Force Assistance Fund; even the most modest contribution can make a difference for a fellow Airman.

Note: As of March 30, Keesler has raised $36,090.53 toward the goal of $83,255 -- 43.3 percent towards the goal. Those who haven't yet been contacted can call 228-376-4566.