SMC, Los Angeles AFB kicks off AFAF campaign

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for space, signs his Air Force Assistance Fund pledge form as Capt. Rey Heron (left), SMC Financial Management cost analyst and AFAF project officer and Capt. Robert Wilcox, SMC Commander’s Action Group officer look on. Now in its 44th year, this year's AFAF campaign kicked off March 21 and runs through April 29. The annual fundraising drive benefits four official Air Force charities: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village, and the General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Van De Ha)

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for space, signs his Air Force Assistance Fund pledge form as Capt. Rey Heron (left), SMC Financial Management cost analyst and AFAF project officer and Capt. Robert Wilcox, SMC Commander’s Action Group officer look on. Now in its 44th year, this year's AFAF campaign kicked off March 21 and runs through April 29. The annual fundraising drive benefits four official Air Force charities: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village, and the General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Van De Ha)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE - EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Marking its 44th year, the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base kicked off its annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign March 21. The six-week campaign runs until April 29.

The annual fundraising drive benefits four official Air Force charities -- the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Village Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Village, and the General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation.

"These charities are great examples of Air Force people taking care of their own -- Airmen Helping Airmen (AHA!)," stated Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, SMC commander and Air Force program executive office for space in a base-wide memorandum. "The AFAF is an opportunity to display our 'Commitment to Caring' tradition within the Air Force, by supporting four charities that cater to helping our Airmen."

AFAF charities benefit active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired Air Force members, and their surviving spouses and families. Personnel can donate by making a payroll deduction, or one-time cash or check contributions to AFAF. The funds raised go directly to the charities and are tax deductible.

In 2015, Los Angeles AFB personnel received nearly $38,000 in support from just one of the four charities in 2015. For more information, contact installation project officers Capt. Rey Heron at 653-1709 or Lt. Sheila Mansfield at 653-1712.