WASHINGTON D. C. â€” On behalf of Air Force personnel around the globe, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley accepted five of the top Combined Federal Campaign awards during a ceremony at the Pentagon, May 2.
â€œThis year, Airmen pledged more than $2.3 million,â€ said Donley. â€œMore than half of our workforce participated, with an average gift of $460.â€
The Air Forceâ€™s generosity earned it the CFCâ€™s Summit Award, Participation Award, Million Dollar Circle Award, Honor Award and the Department of Defense Outstanding Large Campaign Award.
This campaign marks the 50th anniversary for the CFC.
â€œItâ€™s an important reminder of how fortunate we are and the importance of sharing our good fortune with neighbors,â€ Donley said. â€œOur Air Force set a new goal this year by raising $90,000 more than last year, which equates to about 129 percent of our original goal.â€
Louis Torchia, the director of the DOD Voluntary Campaign Management Office, was on hand to present Donley with the DOD Outstanding Large Campaign award.
â€œDuring the last eight years, DOD has garnered almost a billion dollars in fundraising support,â€ said Torchia.Â He added that more than $20 million came from Air Force personnel.
â€œThe previous year was a really tough economic time,â€ said Torchia, â€œMilitary pay and benefits have been under a lot of stress and the majority of DOD donations to the campaign had dropped.â€
â€œYet, the Air Force came up with their greatest year ever,â€ said Torchia. He said thatâ€™s a testimony of Air Force members true character.
Donley had high praise for the members of the Air Force.
â€œOur Airmen continue to demonstrate compassion, generosity and the desire to make a difference by helping our neighbors,â€ Donley said. â€œI am proud of the role each of you has played in making this yearâ€™s campaign so successful.â€