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March 29, 2013

AFAF kicks off at Edwards

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Laura Mowry
Staff Writer

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry

1st Lt. Carlos Rojas, the Air Force Assistance Fund installation project officer from the 772nd Test Squadron and 2nd Lt. Ryan Bush, the assistant IPO, from the 411th Flight Test Squadron met with Brig. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Air Force Test Center commander when he completed his 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund contribution form.

Edwards kicked off the annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign March 25, which will continue through May 3.

The campaign raises funds to assist Air Force active duty servicemembers, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and their dependents.

“The Air Force Assistance Fund is a great opportunity to help support one another. It’s that commitment to caring and supporting of our fellow Airmen the Air Force and Edwards community prides itself on,” said Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander.

Funds will benefit the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village Foundation, Air Force Villages Foundation and Air Force Aid Society.

These organizations help Airmen in need by providing them with aid in the event of an emergency, with educational needs, or provide a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance.

1st Lt. Carlos Rojas, the Air Force Assistance Fund installation project officer from the 772nd Test Squadron met with Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander when he completed his 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund contribution form.

“I encourage you to participate, as the AFAF is a great opportunity to help those in need during these times of uncertainty,” Brewer added. “Let’s help make a real difference.”

This year, the goal is 100 percent contact with all Edwards active duty servicemembers, with a monetary goal of raising $60,215.

Overseeing the 2013 AFAF campaign for Edwards is installation project officer, 1st Lt. Carlos Rojas from the 772nd Test Squadron. Throughout the campaign, Rojas will be joined by assistant IPO, 2nd Lt. Ryan Bush, from the 412th Test Management Group.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to step up and help others as this year’s IPO. What’s great about the Air Force Assistance Fund is that it gives those who are able, a chance to help our fellow Airmen. It’s that commitment to caring that’s so important, especially right now,” said Rojas.

“I feel like that’s what the Air Force is all about; taking care of our own and helping fellow Airmen out during their time of need.”

For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund, contact the installation project officer, 1st Lt. Carlos Rojas, at (661) 277-6829 or visit http://afassistancefund.org/.




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