18th Wing best in PACAF for CFC

18th Wing best in PACAF for CFC

by Airman 1st Class Hailey Staker
18th Wing Public Affairs

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Combined Federal Campaign, a two-month fundraiser for Department of Defense personnel, allows service members and their families to donate to many charities supported within the campaign. Each year, bases across the world participate in the campaign, raising awareness and challenging service members to donate to a cause they can relate to.

The 18th Wing supported the 2013 CFC, raising roughly $371,500 for more than 2,000 charities last fall here, and the 18th Munitions Squadron raised more than $30,000, receiving the gold award for significant contributions.

"We had 100 percent contact, and 29 percent participation (for the wing), so out of all the possible contributors, 29 percent of people who could give, gave," said Capt. Yashika Edwards, 18th Medical Group disease manager and CFC project officer. "The 18th MUNS was a very large contributor, but it's not all about the money. CFC is more about bringing awareness to the fact that there are more than 2,000 charities that would not be in existence if it were not for CFC funding."

To be awarded the gold, the unit must have 60 percent participation with $120 per capita gifted.

"It feels pretty good," said Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Doane, 18th Munitions Squadron material flight superintendent. "The reason we were successful is that we had total supervision support for the CFC starting with the commander through senior enlisted, direct supervisors and that trickled down to individual Airmen."

By personally getting involved and mentoring their Airmen throughout the campaign, Doane attributes high donation rates to explaining how their donations could go to various charities and organizations like the Gary Sinise foundation or the Red Cross.

"What we did day-to-day to make it successful was spending a lot of time with the Airmen and mentoring them," Doane said. "There are so many different charities, and it takes time to break this down to show them all the different (organizations). After we did that, most of the people had some kind of charity they could relate to, so we found out what interests them and what concerns they have in their lives, and we found the charity to match. This was an 18th MUNS team effort."

The munitions squadron wasn't the only unit to get involved with their Airmen, Edwards explained.

"We have other organizations that are smaller where they didn't get the money but they volunteered their time or put themselves out in the community to try and get money for other organizations," Edwards said. "It's about bringing awareness, but, at the end of the day, some of the other units did some really cool things, like the 18th Medical Operations Squadron commander put out a challenge and she matched what her people gave. It showed that people were really behind the campaign."

She added that, instead of contacting unit representatives, commanders contacted her directly and were involved with the process. They were also just as excited about the CFC as their individual members.

In order to receive the platinum award, 85 percent participation is needed with $200 per capita gifted.

The platinum winners were: 18th Wing, 18th Mission Support Group, 18th Medical Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, 43rd Intelligence Squadron, 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Detachment 3, Pacific Air Forces Air Postal Squadron, and 67th Fighter Squadron.

The gold winners were: 18th Operations Group, 18th Medical Group, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, 554th Red Horse Squadron, 33rd Rescue Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 18th MUNS, Detachment 15, and 372nd Training Squadron.

The CFC is an annual event held in the fall, and will come back to Kadena in September.

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