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AFAF Campaign a Resounding Success

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- This year's Air Force Assistance Fund campaign closed recently, and through the hard work and dedication of Team Buckley the campaign was a complete success, according to base representatives.

As of May 17, the Air Force level AFAF Campaign has hit a historic record of $7.6 million surpassing the previous record set in 2010 and surpassing the goal by 20 percent. In a similar way the base has surpassed its goal by 16 percent reaching a grand total of more than $32 thousand.

"The Air Force mission requires that we take care of our people when unexpected emergencies arise," said Master Sgt. Brandy Sharp, 460th Mission Support Group first sergeant and AFAF base representative. "Because of this we often have to rely on AFAF and the Airmen Family Readiness Center to help out during these times."

The First Sergeant added, "AFAF is a way for Airmen to 'pay forward' for themselves and give supervisors another way to take care of their Airmen."

When Airman 1st Class Lucas Maddox, 460th Space Communications Squadron cable antenna systems apprentice, was in financial trouble he used a Falcon Loan provided by the Airman Family Readiness Center.

"It really saved me," said Maddox. "They did everything in their power to get me an interest free loan, and I would have been in a lot more trouble if it was not for what they did. They saved me money, saved me time and they were helpful the entire time. They did not have to help me," he said, "but they did anyway."

Concerning next year's AFAF campaign Sharp said, "I think the expectations for next year could be anything from status quo to matching or exceeding this year's campaign, but due to such a giving community we could make a bigger better campaign."

The Air Force holds an AFAF campaign each year between the months of February and May. This campaign raises money for four different charities including the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Village and The General and Mrs. Curtis E LeMay Foundation. For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund please go to: https://www.afassistancefund.org/.
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