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Vandenberg 2007 AFAF campaign wraps up, exceeds goal

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg Airman contributed over $70,000 during the 2007 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign, making the campaign a resounding success by exceeding the campaign goal.

The AFAF was established as an annual event to raise funds for several charitable organizations that provide support to the Air Force family, according to the official AFAF Web site.

On Vandenberg, one of the main goals this year was to inform Airmen of the importance of AFAF and motivate them to contribute in any way they could.

"I wanted to make sure that the programs under AFAF continue to thrive and most of all, help the Airmen and their families in need," said Capt. Anthony Scalice, 30th Space Wing Judge Advocate Office and AFAF Installation Project Officer for the 30th Space Wing. "It was important to help Airmen understand exactly who their contributions were going to support."

Vandenberg's campaign kicked off March 26 and ended May 7, collecting $70,983 and exceeding the monetary campaign goal of $45,471 by 156 percent.

"All of the hard work and participation this base dedicated to this year's campaign speaks volumes on the character of those Airmen who made it such an enormous success," said Col. Steve Tanous, 30th Space Wing commander. "They truly understand what it means to be good Wingmen and have shown that they, no matter the sacrifice, take care of any member of our Air Force family."

The four charitable organizations supported by the AFAF are the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widow's Fund, the Air Force Village Indigent Widow's Fund, the Air Force Aid Society, and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.

Three of the organizations are aimed at caring for Air Force widows and widowers.
Goals of the Air Force Aid Society include providing Airmen and their families with worldwide emergency financial assistance, education assistance, and an array of community enhancement programs at the base level, meaning money donated by Vandenberg can help Vandenberg's Airmen in their time of need.

"Thanks to all of the support from Vandenberg Airmen," Captain Scalice said. "These organizations continue to provide outstanding support to the Air Force Family