AFAF drive kicks off to a great start

Col. Richard Ayres (left), 17th Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau, 17 TRW command chief master sergeant, kick off the 2007 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign Monday morning in the downstairs portion of the Norma Brown Building. Chief Moreau called the kick-off event a great success, and encouraged Team Goodfellow to continue spreading the word about the campaign for the next six weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

Col. Richard Ayres (left), 17th Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau, 17 TRW command chief master sergeant, kick off the 2007 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign Monday morning in the downstairs portion of the Norma Brown Building. Chief Moreau called the kick-off event a great success, and encouraged Team Goodfellow to continue spreading the word about the campaign for the next six weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Malek)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Wing kicked off Goodfellow's campaign for the Air Force Assistance Fund Monday in the downstairs portion of the Norma Brown Building.

Col. Richard Ayres, 17 TRW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Paul Moreau, 17 TRW command chief master sergeant, were on hand to help the wing start the campaign right.

According to the AFAF pamphlet, which was distributed during the campaign, "The Air Force Assistance Fund was established to provide an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and their dependants, including surviving spouses) in need."

The organizations the AFAF assists are the Air Force Enlisted Village Foundation, the Air Force Villages Foundation, the Air Force Aid Society and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.

"These organizations help Air Force people with aid in an emergency, with educational needs, or to have a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Air Force members in need of financial assistance," the pamphlet continued.

Joy Hopper, of the Airman and Family Readiness Flight, gave a short account of the past successes of the Air Force Assistance Fund. Ms. Hopper said Goodfellow pledged $38,462 to the Air Force Aid Society, a part of the AFAF, last year.

Chief Moreau said he was impressed by the success of the first three hours of the drive. He also urged people to spread the word during the six weeks left in the AFAF drive. "This is an awesome start," the chief added. "Let's keep it going."