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NEWS | Sept. 7, 2007

CFC begins 2-month drive

By Jennifer Vollmer Special Contributor

Leaders of the 37th Training Wing are gearing up for this year's Combined Federal Campaign.

Brig. Gen. Darrell Jones, 37th Training Wing commander, joined with some of the Air Force's newest upcoming Airmen to sign his CFC contribution pledge Sept. 4.

"Contributing to the CFC is like making an investment in our future," said General Jones as he signed his pledge form alongside several basic military training trainees. "None of us is immune from the variety of challenges that CFC agencies are working to solve every day."

Last year, Team Lackland exceeded its goal of $706,389 by more than $300,000. General Jones said he is confident this year's goal will be met as well.

"A modest amount withheld each pay period adds up to a very meaningful gift over the year," said the general. "I urge you to consider making your contribution through payroll deduction."

Team Lackland CFC campaign manager and 326th Training Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Steven Cahanin said he is excited to lead this year's campaign. "Every year Team Lackland surpasses all expectations and gives generously to the CFC," he said. "That in itself speaks volumes as to the type of men and women serving in the U.S. Air Force."

The city of San Antonio was ranked in the top 10 regional areas for the amount of CFC contributions in 2006. Federal employees in San Antonio, including those stationed here at Lackland and other military facilities in the area, raised a combined total of approximately $5.4 million.

The CFC is a service provided to all active-duty and federal employees to help them contribute to a charity listed in the CFC catalog through automatic payroll deductions.

It was designed to be a one-stop, easy, efficient and convenient way to make a positive difference in the international human health and welfare community.

More than 1,900 separate charitable organizations are listed in the CFC catalog and each has passed strict eligibility criteria and public accountability standards.

The catalog includes a brief statement by each organization describing their mission and lists the organization's phone number and Web site address.

Volunteer key workers from each unit will distribute a catalog and a pledge card to servicemembers and federal employees beginning next week.

To mark the beginning of this year's campaign, an official CFC kickoff breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday at the Gateway Club. William Moll, chairman of Clear Channel Television in San Antonio and chairman of the World Board of the USO, is the keynote speaker.

The 2007 CFC pledge period will close Oct. 27.