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D-M Combined Federal Campaign kicks-off

  • Published
  • By Senior Master Sgt. Anita Clement
  • 355th Fighter Wing CFC coordinator
The Combined Federal Campaign is the only DoD-sanctioned solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.

The Davis-Monthan CFC Campaign kicked-off Oct. 4 and will continue through Dec. 15, reaching out to over 5,000 Federal employees and setting a goal of $400,000 for local, national, and international charities.

Now in its fifth decade of operation, the campaign began in the early 1960's to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so the Federal donors would only be solicited once. The campaign also gave them the opportunity to make charitable contributions through payroll deduction.

When I heard the call go out for a 355th Fighter Wing CFC representative, I eagerly rallied for the opportunity. I believe the CFC is an agent to hope because it cultivates a partnership which has a far-reaching impact. It is an agent to hope because it seeds the possible. It offers the opportunity to reap rewards of immeasurable value for givers and recipients alike

After we cultivate a partnership, uproot the impossible and plant the possible, the community begins to unify. CFC is an agent to community unification because it mobilizes the power of humanity. It is an agent to community unification because it harvests a common goal. Community unification stems from the power of humanity and a common goal whose foundation is realized in hope.

Col. Kent Laughbaum, the 355th Fighter Wing commander, supports and encourages participation in the Combined Federal Campaign.

"We are a generous people and the key to success in this campaign is to provide the opportunity with face-to-face contact," he said. Additionally, he suggests "making it personal." There are many of us who have benefited from these organizations and can speak to the power of giving either as a recipient or as a giver.

We may not know the lives we've changed or the effect we've had, but this year's motto "Every One of Us Can Help Our World Forward" is most appropriate. We can turn our visions to realities by supporting those participating agencies right here at D-M.

The Officers Spouses Club, Airman's Attic, Airmen Against Drunk Driving, Family Advocacy, Airmen Family Readiness Center, Operation Warmheart, youth programs, and other morale and welfare programs are all agencies we can contribute to through the program.

Federal employees continue to make the CFC the largest and most successful workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world. It isn't the numbers but the spirit behind the gift. So, see your representative and let's continue a long-standing tradition of selfless giving.

D-M CFC Representatives
355th Fighter Wing POC - Senior Master Sgt. Anita Clement 228-2712
12th Air Force - Maj. James Hamma 228-8855
Wing Staff Agencies - Staff Sgt. Jennifer Orozco 228-4660
355th Operations Group - Senior Master Sgt. Karlette Melendez 228-5833
355th Mission Support Group - 1st Lt. Amanda Sater 228-7503
355th Maintenance Group - 2nd Lt. Robin Herndon 228-0132
355th Medical Group - Master Sgt. David Frazier 228-2680
563rd Rescue Group - Capt. Ryan Taylor 228-3459
55th Electronic Combat Group - 1st Lt. Barry Gibbs 228-9194
Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group - Lydia Parker 228-8407
25th Operational Weather Squadron - 2nd Lt. Erik Neeman 228-7650
362nd Reconnaissance Squadron - Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gomez (951) 655-5446
AAFES - Birgit Cooper
Detachment 3- Kathleen Moore 228-5230
372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 11 - Master Sgt. Steven Hurt 228-6133
Commissary - Jerry Cofenhefer