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Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign 2022 Ends April 15 > Wright-Patterson AFB > Article View

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH — With the theme “Caring for Our Own – For Airmen and Guardians, by Airmen and Guardians,” the annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base takes place until April 15. And this year, it’s even more important to contribute.

“Unfortunately, over the past decade we’ve seen turnouts drop from about 30 percent active duty turnout to less than 5 percent last year,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Commandant. Air Base Wing. “So far this year, it looks like the trend is continuing in the wrong direction, as our current active duty rate is only 2%. The Air Force’s goal is 4.5 % Participation Currently, we are 18.6% away from our Wright-Patt target of $112,301.

“That’s where you come in. Key workers in your unit go around your unit to talk about AFAF’s charities and describe various ways to give. If you are interested, you can donate today through your unit’s Peer to Peer donation team at »

The AFAF campaign raises money for affiliated charities that help active duty, reserve, guard and retired Air Force and Guard personnel and their families, according to the master sergeant. Daven Tucek, chief of the 88th Communications Squadron’s Policy and Evaluations Flight.

Tucek and Maj. Kristina Coughlin of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine are this year’s installation project leaders for the campaign.

The four campaign charities include the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and Air Force Aid Society.

These charities provide support for emergencies, with educational needs, or help secure a retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance.

“Throughout my career, I’ve seen these organizations have some of the most incredible impacts on Air Force Airmen,” Tucek said. “Having the ability to raise awareness of these four organizations and contribute to programs that have a direct impact on Airmen is something close to my heart.

“I have a vested interest in this campaign; there have been many times in my career where I have benefited from the impacts of the Air Force Aid Society.

The company enhances Air Force and Space Force missions by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs to Air Force and Space Force families.

The contributions help airmen and guards who need emergency funds for basic living expenses or emergency travel to return home to a sick or dying loved one, Miller added. They also help with transportation of pets during a permanent change of station, funeral expenses, medical and dental needs, childcare, and grants or scholarships.

“In the past, we have seen the Air Force Aid Society help more than 7,600 Airmen in a single quarter, and the other affiliated charities help our retired Airmen and Caretakers, and their surviving family members, continuously,” he said.

“Today we have the opportunity to give. You never know when you might be the recipient of one of these phenomenal programs.

Donations can be made directly on the AFAF website at, by texting “AFAF” to 50155 or by scanning a QR code on any of the many posters around the base. Civilians cannot be solicited but are invited to contribute.

Even a $5 donation can go a long way in someone’s life, Tucek said. AFAF contributions may be tax deductible.

For more information, you can contact Tucek at [email protected] or Major Kristina Coughlin at [email protected]