AFAF campaign resumes July 13-24

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  • By John Ingle
  • 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Efforts to raise funds for four Air Force Assistance Fund charities will pick back up July 13, 2020, after a more than two-month hiatus due to the effects of COVID-19.

The Sheppard drive will continue from July 13-24.

Installation project officer Capt. Carla Turrentine the ability for Sheppard AFB members and families to donate to the charities has suffered as the base worked to mitigate the effects and potential spread of the virus. The fund raising campaign was paused in early May with the expectation that it would continue in mid-July.

“This year, as we have had to adjust our campaign due to the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Airmen are working from home and our focus has primarily been on accomplishing the mission through the pandemic,” she said. “We have had to manage our campaign with limited face-to-face interactions, which has had a significant effect on the AFAF Campaign throughout the Air Force.”

Sheppard has raised about $43,000, Turrentine said, but is still short of its goal of $65,828. The campaign has been hit hard nationwide. The amount raised so far is about $1.2 million, about 27 percent of the $4.7 million goal.

The participation rate for active duty members is just above 2 percent.

The four charities supported by the AFAF include:

  • The Air Force Aid Society is a financial resource utilized to assist military members and their families for varying financial needs ranging from educational scholarships to emergency shelters, utility coverage, childcare, and so much more.  
  • The Air Force Enlisted Village provides a safe and secure home for surviving spouses of enlisted Airmen.
  • The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation provides care and housing for surviving spouses of retired U.S. Air Force Officers. 
  • The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation awards grants to enlisted and officer retirees’ surviving spouses that fall below the poverty line to assist with dental, medical, prescription, mortgage and rent delinquencies.

To participate in the AFAF, donors can go to Be sure to notate Sheppard AFB when donating. Donors can also participate with their smartphone by scanning the QR Code to the left.

For more information, call Turrentine at 940-676-6075 or AFAF assistant project officer Master Sgt. Kurtis Stadsvold at 940-676-0593. Unit AFAF project officers are also able to answer questions.