SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --
Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, raised the most funds among U.S. Air Force Space Command installations, and placed fourth highest Air Force wide, for 2018 Air Force Assistance Fund donations.
Airmen donated a total of $34,024 – which exceeded the set goal of $28,441, in one of the most successful years to date. Totals are expected to increase as donations are still being calculated from the six week-long campaign, which concluded May 4.
"We far exceeded our goal and performed exceptionally overall," said 2nd Lt. Cody Rodela, officer in charge of logistics for the 50th Security Forces Squadron and AFAF deputy campaign officer. "The results say it all - for as small as a base as we are, everyone did their part and pitched in.”
The AFAF is a conglomerate of various charitable affiliates who support Airmen during their service and long after retirement, such as the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation whose donations go toward maintaining retirement funds for prior Airmen. Other charities include the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the Gen. and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.
This annual event encourages Airmen of all ranks to further the concept of “Airmen helping Airmen take care of our own.”
The vast web of support for service members; whether active duty, guard, reserve, spouse or dependent cannot be sustained without contributions like those made by Schriever AFB Airmen. Each year, thousands of dollars are spent providing financial assistance for a variety of cases such as educational pursuits, emergency leave and supporting families in crisis.
“The AFAF is very important for our Airmen,” Rodela said. "Finances can be stressful, this helps them out in times of crisis."
The AFAF’s official website details stories of Airmen who have received vital help thanks to these affiliates, such as Kristina Robertson, whose AFAF educational grant for a U.S. university helped her pursue her studies while stationed with her husband in Spangdalem Air Base, Germany, and a woman with hearing loss whose medical bills were deducted in cost through AFAF financial support.
Donations not only help the individual, but the charities as well, allowing them to accomplish their missions and continue to offer valuable resources to the Air Force community.
Staff Sgt. Brendan Khan, financial analysts with the 50th Comptroller Squadron and AFAF key worker, said he was elated to hear of Schriever AFB’s success and explained how every donation counts towards strengthening the Air Force’s foundation. He hopes Schriever AFB will continue to be successful in the future.
“The AFAF strengthens all of us as an Air Force,” Khan said. “All of the funding goes back to the big ‘A’ Airman – you never know when you or someone you know will need to use it.”
For more information about the AFAF, go to afassitancefund.org.