Moreno said she wanted to pay back what she could so other Airmen could benefit from the helping fund.
A more recent example of the assistance fund helping Airmen can be found at Tyndall AFB, Florida, where Hurricane Michael caused so much destruction and personal hardships.
According to the AFAF website, more than 3,400 Airmen were assigned to Tyndall AFB when the hurricane hit, and many were left without a home and in great need. For the thousands of Air Force active duty, retirees, Guard and Reservists who were stationed in or near the hardest hit areas of the Florida panhandle, the Air Force Aid Society provided $6.5 million in emergency assistance grants. Air Force Enlisted Village collected over $64,000 in monetary donations, $56,000 in Amazon/Target registries, $31,500 in commissary vendors’ donations, and $147,000 in essential goods; the LeMay foundation assisted the retired community in the area.
That very real help is sorely needed everywhere.
“We build upon the success of the others who came before us,” Brackett said. “We’re taking care of those who served in the past and laid the groundwork – they are part of our extended community, and we’re also taking care of the present.
“The Air Force did not get to be the way it is without these people, who now need our support,” he said. “They sacrificed for us.”
Garrett said she is honored to be part of the foundation “that allows people to help our own. It’s important to have that fallback, especially as a senior NCO. We can draw on that fund to help our Airmen.”
At Wright-Patt, key workers are being identified currently, and Moreno is serving as the trainer, Brackett said. Look for more information during commander’s calls and other forms of communication, he advised.
Although there is a large civilian population at Wright-Patterson AFB, civilians cannot be solicited for donations but are invited to contribute. Civilians who wish to contribute to AFAF should contact their unit project officer.
Donations to the AFAF can be made by cash or check, and active-duty and retired members can utilize the convenience of payroll deduction via completion of a form. Contributions to the AFAF may be tax deductible. More information is available at http://www.afassistancefund.org.
Contact a unit key worker/project officer or the installation project officers: Maj. Todd Brackett, email@example.com; 2nd Lt. Autumn Moreno, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Master Sgt. Anna Garrett, email@example.com.