CFC names 3 troops from overseas as National Level 2019 Hero Award Winners

Captain JaTonya Whitaker
Captain JaTonya Whitaker

CFC names 3 troops from overseas as National Level 2019 Hero Award Winners

Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2020 – The Office of Personnel Management recognizes a select few campaign workers and volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to the CFC through their dedication and creativity. Every year the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) receives dozens of nominations from the 36 CFC zones. The CFC Heroes Awards are given to the campaign's "unsung heroes" who made significant differences and demonstrated leadership qualities in their campaign. This year, three of those heroes come from the CFC-Overseas.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed and worked tirelessly on the campaign” said Samantha Barrett, CFC-Overseas Regional Director. “I am honored to be part of this amazing community of service members and federal employees who demonstrate each year the spirit of public service in and out of the workplace. Hats off to all the 2019 award winners, you are truly making a positive impact in the lives of others here at home and around the world.”  

Congratulations to the following National Hero Awards winners from the CFC-Overseas: 

Captain JaTonya Whitaker (INDOPACOM) was a key player in the success of U.S. Army Korea’s (USARK) campaign and went above what was expected of her role as the Component Manager. She trained and managed keyworkers in more than 100 units, hand-delivered campaign materials, and created flyers and posters to promote campaign events. When support from two of her commands fell through, CPT Whitaker stepped in to contribute efforts to those units to ensure that all active-duty members and civilians serving in the area would have the opportunity to donate through the CFC. At the end of the campaign, her efforts led to a 13% in-crease in donations and a 28% increase in donor participation from 2018. 

First Lieutenant Brienna Herdrich (CENTCOM) served as the Community Area Project Officer (CAPO) for the base-wide campaign in Jordan, which spanned three geographically separated units. With leadership’s involvement, she hosted CFC events each week to promote the campaign. She partnered with private organizations on base to do combined events, which increased donations. For instance, she paved the way with the Force Support Squadron, which runs all the base morale activities, to ensure that the CFC could piggy-back onto the squadron’s events (i.e., bingo, concerts, USO events, etc.). Over-all, donations increased from $630 in 2018 to more than $9,800 in the 2019 campaign. When the campaign ended, 1LT Herdrich ensured that the 332 AEW Commander and Command Chief recognized all keyworkers via a presentation of “wing coins.” 

TSgt James Earley (EUCOM) served as the Community Area Project Officer (CAPO) for the 86th Air Wing (86 AW) which is the largest wing within the European Command. It includes 6,056 potential donors, 96 keyworkers, and 32 units. He effectively managed more than 90 keyworkers across multiple bases, countries, and time zones and hosted the first known overseas charity fair that connected local charities to uniformed service members and their families. He coordinated various campaign events. One event was a Civil Engineer Vehicle display, which promoted family participation by inviting service members to bring their children to touch and test out different tractors, trucks and other heavy equipment used at 86 AW. TSgt James Earley also stepped out of his comfort zone and performed two radio PSA’s on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) to promote the campaign. The 86 AW experienced a 38% increase in its donor participation rate and raised $66,000 which was a 13% increase in the per capita giving.

About the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a 58-year federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8.3 billion for charitable organizations. The CFC is one of the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, with 36 CFC zones throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. The funds raised through the campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world. The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas is the local campaign for active duty service members and federal employees located overseas and covers the largest geographic campaign region. Through the contributions made by military, civilian federal employees and retirees, the campaign generated $2.5 million and more than 2,000 volunteer hours in 2019 for thousands of participating local, national, and international charities. For more information, visit Connect with the campaign on social media via Facebook.

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