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CFC kicks off in October

Col. Greg Stroud, 162nd Fighter Wing commander, fills out a Combined Federal Campaign donation form Oct. 2. The wing’s campaign started with the October unit training assembly and will run through Dec. 15. (Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Angela Walz)

Col. Greg Stroud, 162nd Fighter Wing commander, fills out a Combined Federal Campaign donation form Oct. 2. The wing’s campaign started with the October unit training assembly and will run through Dec. 15. (Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Angela Walz)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 2009 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off at the 162nd Fighter Wing here Oct. 3.

The mission of the CFC is to support and to promote philanthropy through an employee-focused program that is cost-efficient and effective in providing all Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

This year's theme is "I Can - Now More Than Ever," said 2nd Lt. Angela Walz, wing CFC coordinator.

The kick-off breakfast was Sept. 16 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for the group coordinators, key workers and all involved in driving this year's campaign.

Last year's campaign totaled $59,125 in wing member contributions. The average individual contribution was $408. Lieutenant Walz said the goal for this year is 100 percent contact and increased participation to beat last year's total by $5,000.

"If we can get everyone who gave last year to give just a few dollars more this year, and if we can get a few new contributors, we can make our goals as a wing," she said.

Members will have a choice of hundreds of charities from which to choose, including the Jimmy Jet Foundation, the Tuskegee Airmen and Wright Flight, said Lieutenant Walz.

This year, the CFC is providing an easy to use alphabetized brochure of charities which can be found on the CFC Web site at www.cfcaz.org.

There will be posters, base-wide e-mails and work section visits from CFC coordinators to remind people of the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice via the CFC. For more information, please contact Lieutenant Walz at 295-6192 or 2nd Lt. James Barnett at james.barnett@aztucs.ang.af.mil.