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CFC: So easy, an A1C can do it

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airman 1st Class Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, poses for a Combine Federal Campaign poster Nov. 14, 2012. Gomez donated to the Air Force Association and the Adoption Center. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airman 1st Class Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, poses for a Combine Federal Campaign poster Nov. 14, 2012. Gomez donated to the Air Force Association and the Adoption Center. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BACE, Colo. --  An airman first class's base pay is approximately $1,750 a month, yet Airman 1st Class Carlos Gomez, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management technician, still finds room in his budget to donate to multiple Combined Federal Campaign organizations.

"As Airmen, we don't make a lot of money but you make more than some people," he said.

Gomez donates to the adoption center because of a childhood friend.

According to Gomez, when he was growing up, one of his best friends was adopted by a family in his community and Gomez ended up meeting him and they've been friends ever since.

Gomez was introduced to a lifelong friend because of adoption organizations.

"I think these organizations helped him a lot and not only to find a family but they helped him stay with his brother," he explained.

Gomez not only supports children in need, he also gives to his Air Force family by donating to the Air Force Association.

"I donate to the Air Force Association because I benefit from it as well as other Airmen," said Gomez. "We are looking out for one another. It is basically the wingman concept."

Gomez said he gives so others will benefit from his donations, and to help those who have helped him before.

"Everybody has a story," said Gomez. "If you have been impacted at all by anything there is probably a charity in the CFC for it."
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