AFAF campaign ends in success

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"This was a phenomenal year," said Bill D'Avanzo, Air Force voting action officer and fundraising chief. "We have a remarkable Air Force family. We always have, and still do take care of our own."

The AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family, including active duty, retirees, reservists, Guard, dependents and surviving spouses. 

Contributions benefit the four official Air Force charitable organizations: Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Village and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.

This year's campaign included a first-ever competition between installations within a group with similar past performances in the AFAF campaign. Group 1 winners were announced in April.

This year's Group 2 winner was Misawa Air Base, Japan. The base collected 194 percent of its goal. Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, which finished in second place, was recognized for its 42-percent active-duty participation rate. An honorable mention went to Offutt AFB, Neb.

The Group 3 winner was Spangdalem Air Base, Germany, raising 150 percent of its goal. Osan AB, Korea, took second place for reaching 144 percent of its goal. Pope AFB, N.C., earned an honorable mention.

The winning base in each group receives a $2,500 cash prize to be used for programs supporting the base community.

For more information on the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign visit, the AFPC personnel services website